Our Foundation is the Word of God and its teaching.
The Cornerstoneof First Baptist Academy is its commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is truly our desire that "in everything He might come to have the supremacy" (Colossians 1:18).
Our Goal is that each student would be equipped to pursue God's plan for his/her life while being salt and light in a decaying and lost world.
Our Prayer for our students is "...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give (them) the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that (they) may know Him better...and that the eyes of (their) hearts may be enlightened..." (Ephesians 1:17-18a).
Our Guiding Principles As a Christian School, we are distinctly unique. It is a privilege for all of us to work together building a school which honors God. Therefore, everyone (adults and students) at First Baptist Academy will maintain the following guiding principles:
All of us at FBA strive to be:
Cooperative: Galatians 6:10
Respectful: Ephesians 6:1-3
Responsible: Colossians 3:25
Christ-like: Philippians 2:5
Definition: God's truth is absolute and is revealed to man through creation, the Bible, and the person of His Son Jesus Christ.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
Natural truth is evident to all and produces great good for humanity; however, its primary function is to draw man to his Creator
The authority of the Bible will supersede all other authority, although it must be clear the truth of the Bible will not yield eternal lasting results apart from one’s having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ
Biblical principles applied to any situation will yield positive results, although lasting results require a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ
Definition: God has given parents the primary responsibility of educating their children; therefore, FBA is committed to partnering with Christian families in this endeavor.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7).
We are ourselves accountable to God’s Word through consistent Christ-like lifestyle, disciplining in love and training students to make biblical based choices
Educational partnership occurs when the home, church, and school work in harmony agreeing in purpose, character, and biblical worldview
Effective communication, encouragement of active parental participation, and assistance in training their children to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives best serves the family
Definition: The local church is God's plan for community and the pillar and support of truth. FBA is dedicated to the local church and is committed to communicating clearly to our faculty, staff, and students the importance of active involvement in a Bible-believing local church.
“…I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:15).
The church will benefit as FBA students grow and mature in Christ
FBA students are equipped to be servants to their community and the body of Christ as they serve the church
FBA is a ministry of FBCN committed to reaching out and serving those in southwest Florida and beyond
Definition: "Kingdom Education is a life-long, Bible based, Christ-centered process of leading a child to Christ, building a child up in Christ, and equipping a child to serve Christ." (Schultz. 2002, pg. 29)
“That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments” (Psalm 78:6, 7).
“We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ” (Colossians 1:28).
For Life: FBA will endeavor to lead every student to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the proclamation of the Word of God and in the power of the Holy Spirit
For Learning: FBA will provide a Biblically integrated program of studies taught by born-again instructors, challenging students to develop and utilize God-given talents and abilities for the glory of God
For Leadership: FBA will equip and train students with a biblical worldview enabling them to engage and impact their generation, teaching them to both understand and appropriate biblical truth
Statement of Faith
As stated in the Parental Commitment to First Baptist Academy, parents and/or guardians must understand that these doctrinal positions will be taught in our Bible classes and in our Chapel.
We affirm that the Holy Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God and the basis for our beliefs. Through the providence of God, the Word of God has been protected and preserved, and is the only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21).
We believe that there is only one true, living, sovereign, holy and eternally existent God. He exists in three co-equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each being a distinct person with a distinct function, but all of one essence and all possessing the same nature, perfection and attributes. The Triune God is the creator and sustainer of all things, the source of all truth, and is worthy of worship, confidence and obedience (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Genesis 1:31).
We believe that Jesus Christ is God. In His incarnation, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived an exemplary, sinless life, performed miracles, shed his blood on the cross to pay the debt for our sins, was buried, bodily resurrected, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return literally, visibly, and personally in glory and power (John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 1:18-25, Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; I Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:11).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, co-equal and co-existent with the Father and the Son. He convicts of sin and lostness and then brings about regeneration and sanctification. The Holy Spirit lives within every believer and desires to infill us and empower us to live a godly life. He gives special spiritual gifts to each believer to be used for His purposes and edify His Body (John 14:16-19; 16:7-15; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9, 11; Titus 3:5; I Corinthians 12).
We believe that in the beginning, God created man in His image, in order to have fellowship with Him, and man is not in any sense the product of evolution (Genesis 1:27, 31).
We believe that Adam and Eve, the first humans, sinned by disobedience to God. This act resulted in the fall of all mankind and creation. All people since then have likewise sinned and lost their ability to live in fellowship with God. Every person's sin incurs both physical and spiritual death unless there is forgiveness and salvation by the grace of God through Jesus Christ. All are in need of a new nature, which then allows us to have relationship and fellowship with God (Genesis 3:1-24; Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12-21; 6:23, II Corinthians 5:17).
We believe that the salvation of lost and sinful people is a free gift of God's grace, apart from human works, based solely upon Christ's vicarious and atoning death and glorious resurrection. It is affected by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, and received only through repentance and faith in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead. We must individually receive and confess Him as Lord of our lives in order to receive this free gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 10:9-13; Acts 20:21).
We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ and the Family of God. It is comprised of saved and baptized believers who regularly meet together and commit themselves to the purposes of our church: worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and service (Matthew 16:18; I Corinthians 12:12-24; Hebrews 10:25).
EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS
We believe that it is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, and to seek to make growing disciples in Southwest Florida and beyond. Our commission is to give to, pray for, and be as involved as possible in home and foreign missions (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
We believe that God has given parents the responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4, Prov.22:6). We believe that a consistent and whole education occurs when the home, church, and school work closely together and are in agreement in purpose, character, and biblical world-view (Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 22:6).
"The Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding."
"...Your word is truth."
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, what ever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things."
"...Prove yourself to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the Word of life…"
"...You are the salt of the earth...you are the light of the world…"
(Matthew 5:13a, 14a)
"...We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
(II Corinthians 10:5b)