Steadfast trains high schoolers to think biblically, reason soundly, and write clearly, evaluating history and culture through the lens of the Bible. Steadfast provides a Christ-centered, academically rigorous course of study appropriate for homeschool and private school use. Over the course of four years, Steadfast follows the flow of Western Civilization from Creation to the 21st century, prioritizing spiritual formation and breadth of study. Steadfast prepares students to defend their faith, engage with culture, and make a difference in the world as Christ’s ambassadors.
"Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)
The STEADFAST Approach
The Bible and a biblical worldview are the bedrock of Steadfast.
After examining the Bible to build a biblical worldview, Steadfast progresses through the four-year history cycle and is particularly focused on the development of Western civilization. The course engages students in study of the Bible and religion, literature, writing, history, worldview, apologetics, government, political theory, and the humanities. Students examine worldviews that emerged throughout the course of history and follow the flow of thought from one cultural climate to the next.
Steadfast features a structured method of teaching academic writing. Students encounter multiple and varied writing assignments each semester, which hone their skills in AP style literary and rhetorical analysis and prepare them for the SAT, ACT and college-level writing. Students learn the art of persuasion and how to build a strong argument.
Each year of Steadfast is divided into two notebooks – History & Humanities and Literature & Composition. The History & Humanities component includes the following subjects: Bible, Western civilization, worldview, geography, philosophy, American history, American government, political theory, apologetics, religion, and humanities. The Literature & Composition notebook is dedicated to studying literature that coincides with the historical time period along with developing and honing writing skills.
The STEADFAST Objective
Even though students who complete four years of Steadfast earn 18 high school credits and find themselves well prepared for college, the end goal is NOT having the perfect high school transcript. Steadfast emphasizes building and living out a biblical worldview.
Too many young people don’t know what they believe or why they believe it. Your teen doesn’t need to be one of the casualties of the progressive culture war. Steadfast prepares students to meet the challenges of living counter culturally in a secular society and equips them to be ambassadors of Christ, ready to share and defend their faith and to step into adulthood without stepping outside the Christian faith.
Statement of Faith
We believe in one God, the Creator and sustainer of the universe. He is infinite and personal and exists in three coequal persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Godhead equally possesses the personality and attributes of deity. God is transcendent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, holy, merciful, just, compassionate, and good.
We believe Jesus Christ has existed since eternity as the second person of the Trinity and was active in Creation. Jesus Christ is unique in that He is fully God and fully man, the incarnate Son of God who was born of the virgin Mary through divine conception by the Holy Spirit. Jesus, though fully God, walked on earth as a man, living a sinless life and performing miracles as a man possessing divine authority. Through His sacrificial death on the cross, He made a way of salvation for all who believe in Him. Jesus died and was buried. God the Father raised Him on the third day, and He ascended to heaven, where He is seated at the right hand of the Father. Jesus Christ is the head of the Church.
We believe the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, has existed since eternity and is coequal with the Father and the Son. He is active on the earth today, drawing people to repentance, indwelling believers, and empowering them with spiritual gifts to live the Christian life and to spread the Kingdom of God in the world.
We believe the Bible is God’s infallible, authoritative written Word. We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are inspired by the Holy Spirit and are given to mankind to reveal God’s nature, God’s plan for history, spiritual truths, and unchangeable standards for Christian living. We believe in the power of God’s Word and that it is the supreme and final authority on all matters to which it speaks.
We believe men and women are created in the image of God, and as such, each person has dignity and value. We believe that because of Adam’s sin, all people are born into this world with a sinful nature and are separated from God. We believe that when people’s physical bodies die, their spirits continue to live eternally. Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord enter into fellowship with God and spend eternity in heaven. Those who have rejected Jesus enter into a literal hell where they are conscious but eternally separated from God.
We believe that Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross provided the only means to reconciliation with God. Salvation is a free gift of God and cannot be earned by doing good works or through any other person except Jesus Christ. It is only through confession and belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior that people can be brought into right relationship with God. God gives men free will to choose to accept or reject Jesus as Lord and Savior.
We believe God, who lives outside time and space, created space and time and that history has meaning. History is irreversible and linear, moving from Creation toward a known end, fulfilling the divine purpose of God. God has revealed Himself to mankind throughout history. We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ, who will come personally to usher in the millennial reign of Christ on the earth. We believe we are living in the last days before Jesus’ second coming; therefore, it is imperative to live our lives to glorify God and to share the Good News of Christ with a lost world.