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Abundant Life SchoolWELCOME TO ABUNDANT LIFE SCHOOL       Since 1977, Abundant Life School has endeavored to educate the boys and girls of our community to emerge as academically well prepared men and women of truth and responsibility. To this day we seek to challenge our students to be critical thinkers with a solid foundation of Biblical values.         Abundant Life School is first and foremost an educational institution with specific goals for our graduates. We train the mind and challenge the heart of each and every student. Not only do we facilitate learning and train critical thinking skills; we commit ourselves to truth and to passing it on. We work in partnership with the home, the church, and the community to instill the values necessary for making a successful life and living.        Our academic program is challenging and prepares students to succeed in college and beyond as lifelong learners and achievers. From preschool through high school our expectations are high, and our students grow and graduate as men and women equipped to be responsible, ethical, hard workers whether going to college or entering the work force. The daily environment of our school is conducive to teaching and learning. Ours is a place where structure and orderliness go hand in hand with love and close relationships between teachers and students. At Abundant Life School everyone; student, parent and teacher, works together for the success of the student. One needs only to walk our halls, and listen at a classroom door to witness firsthand a school that works.          We urge you to make Abundant Life your school. A school which for over 35 years has been a stable influence in our community. A school which has never lost sight of the proven ingredients of successful teaching and learning. A school whose families are committed to providing the very best education for their children.         Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Abundant Life School.Where you will find...Education with a Difference   "I am come that they might have life, and they might have it more abundantly."John 10:10 Mission StatementAbundant Life School exists to assist parents in training their children to become Godly young men and women by educating them spiritually, mentally, physically and socially.Luke 2:52BeliefsAlthough ALS welcomes all denominations, we affirm and hold to the Baptist Faith & Message.I. The ScripturesThe Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.II. GodThere is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.A. God the FatherGod as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.B. God the SonChrist is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.C. God the Holy SpiritThe Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.III. ManMan is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.IV. SalvationSalvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.B. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.V. God's Purpose of GraceElection is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-8; 1 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22,31; 25:34; Luke 1:68-79; 2:29-32; 19:41-44; 24:44-48; John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; 6:44-45,65; 10:27-29; 15:16; 17:6,12,17-18; Acts 20:32; Romans 5:9-10; 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7,26-36; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11; Colossians 1:12-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2:10,19; Hebrews 11:39–12:2; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:2-5,13; 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2.VI. The ChurchA New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.VII. Baptism and the Lord's SupperChristian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper.The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.VIII. The Lord's DayThe first day of the week is the Lord's Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. Activities on the Lord's Day should be commensurate with the Christian's conscience under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-12; 28:1ff.; Mark 2:27-28; 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-3,33-36; John 4:21-24; 20:1,19-28; Acts 20:7; Romans 14:5-10; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:16; 3:16; Revelation 1:10.IX. The KingdomThe Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and God's will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 3:2; 4:8-10,23; 12:25-28; 13:1-52; 25:31-46; 26:29; Mark 1:14-15; 9:1; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:31-32; 17:20-21; 23:42; John 3:3; 18:36; Acts 1:6-7; 17:22-31; Romans 5:17; 8:19; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 11:10,16; 12:28; 1 Peter 2:4-10; 4:13; Revelation 1:6,9; 5:10; 11:15; 21-22.X. Last ThingsGod, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.XI. Evangelism and MissionsIt is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man's spirit by God's Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-6; Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18-30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20; Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53; John 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 3:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10; Revelation 22:17.XII. EducationChristianity is the faith of enlightenment and intelligence. In Jesus Christ abide all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. All sound learning is, therefore, a part of our Christian heritage. The new birth opens all human faculties and creates a thirst for knowledge. Moreover, the cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence, and should receive along with these the liberal support of the churches. An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ's people.In Christian education there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. Freedom in any orderly relationship of human life is always limited and never absolute. The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.Deuteronomy 4:1,5,9,14; 6:1-10; 31:12-13; Nehemiah 8:1-8; Job 28:28; Psalms 19:7ff.; 119:11; Proverbs 3:13ff.; 4:1-10; 8:1-7,11; 15:14; Ecclesiastes 7:19; Matthew 5:2; 7:24ff.; 28:19-20; Luke 2:40; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 2:3,8-9; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17; Hebrews 5:12-6:3; James 1:5; 3:17.XIII. StewardshipGod is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause on earth.Genesis 14:20; Leviticus 27:30-32; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1-4,19-21; 19:21; 23:23; 25:14-29; Luke 12:16-21,42; 16:1-13; Acts 2:44-47; 5:1-11; 17:24-25; 20:35; Romans 6:6-22; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 6:19-20; 12; 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 12:15; Philippians 4:10-19; 1 Peter 1:18-19. XIV. CooperationChrist's people should, as occasion requires, organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. They are voluntary and advisory bodies designed to elicit, combine, and direct the energies of our people in the most effective manner. Members of New Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ's Kingdom. Christian unity in the New Testament sense is spiritual harmony and voluntary cooperation for common ends by various groups of Christ's people. Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations, when the end to be attained is itself justified, and when such cooperation involves no violation of conscience or compromise of loyalty to Christ and His Word as revealed in the New Testament.Exodus 17:12; 18:17ff.; Judges 7:21; Ezra 1:3-4; 2:68-69; 5:14-15; Nehemiah 4; 8:1-5; Matthew 10:5-15; 20:1-16; 22:1-10; 28:19-20; Mark 2:3; Luke 10:1ff.; Acts 1:13-14; 2:1ff.; 4:31-37; 13:2-3; 15:1-35; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:5-15; 12; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Galatians 1:6-10; Ephesians 4:1-16; Philippians 1:15-18. XV. The Christian and the Social OrderAll Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.Exodus 20:3-17; Leviticus 6:2-5; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Psalm 101:5; Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 5:13-16,43-48; 22:36-40; 25:35; Mark 1:29-34; 2:3ff.; 10:21; Luke 4:18-21; 10:27-37; 20:25; John 15:12; 17:15; Romans 12–14; 1Corinthians 5:9-10; 6:1-7; 7:20-24; 10:23-11:1; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:12-17; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; Philemon; James 1:27; 2:8.XVI. Peace and WarIt is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men on principles of righteousness. In accordance with the spirit and teachings of Christ they should do all in their power to put an end to war.The true remedy for the war spirit is the gospel of our Lord. The supreme need of the world is the acceptance of His teachings in all the affairs of men and nations, and the practical application of His law of love. Christian people throughout the world should pray for the reign of the Prince of Peace.Isaiah 2:4; Matthew 5:9,38-48; 6:33; 26:52; Luke 22:36,38; Romans 12:18-19; 13:1-7; 14:19; Hebrews 12:14; James 4:1-2.XVII. Religious LibertyGod alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.Genesis 1:27; 2:7; Matthew 6:6-7,24; 16:26; 22:21; John 8:36; Acts 4:19-20; Romans 6:1-2; 13:1-7; Galatians 5:1,13; Philippians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; James 4:12; 1 Peter 2:12-17; 3:11-17; 4:12-19.XVIII. The FamilyGod has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.AchievementsMay 6, 2015 -  Carrell takes State!Congratulations to Junior, Daniel Carrell, for winning an Individual State Championship in the 800M this past Tuesday at Genoa Central!  Daniel also medalled in the 1600M by taking 3rd place.  Sophomore, Sydney Cossich took 3rd in the girls' 200M sprint.  We are very proud of you both and all of the other track team members who qualified to compete in the state championship track meet.  May 4, 2015Congratulations to the following students who placed in our Science Fair last Tuesday, April 28.   A special thank you goes to Mrs. Greenwood, Mrs. Grubbs, and Ms. Combs for all of their hard work in making it a success!Middle School Winners:Best Display:  Abby MoseleyBest Presentation:  Brooklyn NashMost Effort:  Meredith WestLife Science 3rd place:  Kylie JonesLife Science 2nd place:  Joseph PottsLife Science 1st place:  Sierra HurleyPhysical Science 3rd place:  Isaac JonesPhysical Science 2nd place:  Hanna TaylorPhysical Science 1st place:  Colin BarsocchiEngineering 3rd place:  Asa WhitmanEngineering 2nd place:  Joseph TitsworthEngineering 1st place:  Bret McCalipOverall Middle School Winner:  Sydney GanisHigh School Winners:Best Display:  Claire DeBuskBest Presentation:  David BatteMost Effort:  Kirk Eudy and Taylor StarksLife Science 3rd place:  Hannah RichardsonLife Science 2nd place:  Natalie CraigLife Science 1st place:  Tori RollinsPhysical Science 3rd place:  Jordan HessPhysical Science 2nd place:  Abbie MartinPhysical Science 1st place:  Cole ThackerayEngineering 3rd place:  Matthew BrownEngineering 2nd place:  Brooke GrandgenettEngineering 1st place:  David NewsomeOverall Winner:  Shelby Moseley April 29, 2015Congratulations to the following band students who earned a First Division, Superior rating last week at the Region 1 Solo and Ensemble Contest at Little Rock Christian Academy: Sierra Hurley, Matthew Dunn, Skyler Lancaster, Tyler Carman, Abby Moseley, Jack Haygood, Micah McCollum, Joseph Titsworth, Carson Jefford, Chloe Martin, Jake Kinder, Joseph Potts, Hayden Hall, Taylor Clements, Sid Smith, Hunter Hagewood, Jacob Bumpas, Jace Sorrells, Quin Farmer, Jared Meckfessel, Jake DeBusk, Matthew Mashburn, Carson Shumaker, Natalie Edwards, Justin Grubbs, Jacob Botwinick, Andrew Loyd, Chris Collins, JT Plaquet, Wesley Skinner, Michele Potts, Shayli Howard, and Josh Skipworth.Also, Congratulations to the following band students who earned a Second Division, Excellent Rating last night at the Region 1 Solo and Ensemble Contest at Little Rock Christian Academy: Grace Collins, Lake Herring, Kennedi Wiley, Grant Ford, Matthew Johnson, Tanner Moseley, and Sabrina Clements. April 29, 2015Congratulations to the following students who placed in the 1A Region 5 North District Track Meet this past Monday at Hendrix College!  Also, congratulations to both our Jr. and Sr. High Track Teams for taking 2nd place overall!  Jr girls:Sidney Ward:100meter-11th400meter-6thSadie Carrell:Long Jump-1st Triple Jump-1stShot Put-1st 800 meter-1stHigh Point WinnerNicole Galvez:100meter-10th400meter-8thBailey Corbin:Discus-1st Shot Put-2nd Hannah Friedl:200meter-5th400 meter-1stSadie, Sidney, Nicole, Hannah4x400meter relay-1stJr Boys:Taylor Starks:Shot Put-1st Nick Shumaker:1600meter-1st Sr girls:Sarah Hepler:Long jump-2nd100meter-7th200meter-7thSydney Cossich:Shot Put-1st 100meter-4th200meter-3rdMandy Tebbetts:Shot Put-3rd Sr Boys:Aaron Ngo:Shot Put-6thLong jump-4thTriple jump-6thDiscus-3rdRian Goldsby:100meter-3rd200meter-6thDequion Noel:Shot Put-2nd200meter-7th400meter-6thMatthew Ganis:800meter-2nd1600meter-4thSkyler Lancaster:800meter-4th1600meter-1st3200meter-2ndDaniel Carrell:800meter-1st1600meter-2nd3200meter-1stDiscus-5th April 2, 2015 Congratulations to the following Abundant Life students who recently placed in the State Math Olympics.  We had 11 students who earned place ribbons and one student, Caleb Wiley in Mrs. Morris' 3rd grade, who earned a FIRST place ribbon!  Congratulations! 3rd grade Reasoning, 1st place:  Caleb Wiley  3rd grade Computation, 5th place:  Lilly Moseley4th grade Computation, 5th place:  Emma Moseley4th grade Reasoning, 5th place:  Braum Smith4th grade Reasoning, 3rd place:  Hallie Moseley5th grade Reasoning, 4th place:  Joshua Skipworth6th grade Reasoning, 2nd place:  Abby Moseley7th grade Reasoning, 5th place:  Brooklyn Nash7th grade Reasoning, 3rd place:  Payton Baughman8th grade Computation, 3rd place:  Sydney Ganis8th grade Computation, 2nd place:  Sierra HurleyJanuary 8, 2014Thirty-five Abundant Life 3rd-8th grade students competed in the ACSI District Math Olympics back in November. The following students performed well enough to qualify for the Area Math Olympics which will be held on February 26 in Conway:  Lilly Moseley, Kaia Kerr, Scott Harrison, Brock Blackwell, Emma Moseley, Weston Griffith, Bevan Sober, Hannah Boswell, Josh Wiley, Sierra Hurley, Sydney Ganis, Isaac Jones, Caleb Wiley, Hallie Moseley, Braum Smith, Michael Lambertus, Joshua Skipworth, Abby Moseley, Aubrey Stone, Olivia Campbell, Jake DeBusk, Payton Baughman, and Brooklyn Nash.  Out of our 23 who qualified, four earned Superior Ribbons and 19 earned Excellent Ribbons.  We also had twelve who placed within their categories (Reasoning or Computation).  Sierra Hurley and Hallie Moseley earned first place ribbons; Lilly Moseley, Caleb Wiley, Braum Smith, Joshua Skipworth, and Abby Moseley earned second place ribbons; Bevan Sober and Michael Lambertus earned third place ribbons; Brock Blackwell earned a fourth place ribbon; and Josh Wiley and Aubrey Stone earned fifth place ribbons.  Congratulations, students!  We are proud of you!  December 1, 2014Abundant Life had 21 Juniors and Seniors recently take the ACT. Their average was a 22.4! Last year's state average was 20.4, and the national average was 21.0. We had one student record a perfect score on the Science section. Way to go students, teachers, and families!November 6, 2014We would like to congratulate the following students for their selection for membership into the National Honor Society for 2014-2015:  Cache Autry, Samantha Sobba, Jake Kinder, Michael McCoy, Maddie Oliver, Shelby Chenault, Claire DeBusk, Rian Goldsby, Grace Grove, Jordan Hess, Hannah Hunter, Abbie Martin, Aaron Ngo, Carson Pack, and McKenzie Powell. The induction ceremony to receive them as members will take place on Monday, November 10, at 9:15 a.m. in the sanctuary of Sylvan Hills First Baptist Church.  Parents and family members are invited to attend the ceremony.  A reception in honor of our new members will immediately follow the ceremony.  The reception will take place in the Fellowship Hall of the church.Also, the installation of officers will take place during this time.  The students serving as officers of the National Honor Society for 2014-2015 are as follows:  Matthew Brown, President; Casey Roberts, Vice President; David Batte, Secretary; Shelby Moseley, Treasurer; David Newsome, Parliamentarian; and Jesse Grove, Chaplain. Congratulations to these students as well for their special achievement!August 29, 2014Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Student Council Representatives!High School Reps:  Josie Cochran, Kaytlynn Ward, Claire DeBusk, Hannah Hunter, Abbie Martin, Max Morden, David Batte, Hayden Greenwood, Skyler Lancaster, Shelby Moseley, David Newsome, Matthew Brown, Austin Avery, Patrick Hurst, McKenzie Nash, Casey Roberts, and Tori Rollins.  Middle School Reps:  Quinn Farmer, Sydney Ganis, Sierra Hurley, Isaac Jones, Kylie Jones, Paige Matlock, Payton Baughman, Emily Cochran, Faith Garrison, Colton Pallone, Sidney Ward, Jack Haygood, Abby Moseley, Hannah Boswell, Hunter Hagewood, and Lake Herring.   August 28, 2014Thank you for choosing us as North Pulaski Readers Choice"Best Preschool"!  April 22, 2014Congratulations to our ALS Band students who competed tonight in Solo and Ensemble at LIttle Rock Mills High School.Abundant Life School BandSolo and Ensemble Awards Announcement1st Division:Jared MeckfesselMatthew DunnSkyler LancasterTaylor StarksGrant FordMicah McCollumJace SorrellsJT PlaquetSabrina ClementsAbby MoseleyJustin GrubbsSierra HurleyGrayson MeckfesselCarson JeffordsHayden HallJack HaygoodGrayson FieldsMatthew MashburnJake DeBuskDuet: Cyan Standiford / Joseph PottsScotty LauderdaleKirk EudyMitchell MeckfesselAubrey Stone2nd Division: Alex SimsMatthew JohnsonDuet: Jake Kinder / Jesse GroveTanner MoseleyJesse GroveJoseph PottsCyan StandifordJoseph Titsworth Congratulations to everyone. April 16, 2014Congratulations to Cache' Autry for being announced as a finalist in the "Letters about Literature" Competition.   This competition is sponsored by the Arkansas State Library association.  Cache' is a finalist with Special Recognition in Level 3 for a letter to Daniel Keyes about Flowers for Algernon. January 10, 2014Congratulations to our 3rd-8th grade students who qualified for the Area Math Olympics in Conway!John Epperson, Emma Moseley, Hallie Moseley, Judah Ward, Blake Dunn, Hannah Boswell, Michele Potts, Josh Wiley, Olivia Campbell, Micah McCollum, Sierra Grace Hurley, Kaytlynn Ward, Josh Skipworth, Kimberly McClendon, Hunter Hagewood, Abby Moseley, Grayson Meckfessel, Jack Haygood, Jake DeBusk, Brooklyn Nash, Payton Baughman, Haley Blackwell, Sydney Ganis, Connor Reagan, and Presley Pierce. Our students who qualified received 5 Superior ribbons and 20 received Excellent ribbons.  Out of our 25 who qualified we had 4 students who earned first place ribbons, 1 second place ribbon, 4 third place ribbons, 3 fourth place ribbons, and 3 fifth place ribbons. CurriculumUnder ConstructionLuke 2:52Spiritually,Bible, ChapelMentally,Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Arts, Science and Social Studies PhysicallyAthleticsLocationAbundant Life School9200 Hwy 107Sherwood, AR 72120Phone: (501) 835-3120Fax: (501) 835-4428
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