The Heritage Oak House System
The house system is a traditional feature of many British schools that still exists today throughout the British Commonwealth and has been adapted by classical Christians schools in America. Historically, a student’s “house” was also his dormitory, led by the House Master (adult dormitory supervisor), who helped organize student life and competitions with other houses throughout the school year in order to develop student leadership among peers.
At Heritage Oak School, every aspect of school life is designed to help students grow not only academically, but spiritually as well. Our House System is designed to help facilitate our goals for all graduates and our school-wide learner outcomes through four Pillars:
- Honor & School Spirit
- Community Service
Each house is named after a Christian “knight” who served as an example of living out their faith in an exemplary fashion through uniquely different callings. As men of flesh and blood, they each had individual challenges and struggles they wrestled with, but their lives were overwhelmingly devoted to the King of kings and they fought the good fight until death. It is our hope that they continue to serve as a reminder to our students that they can and should live out their own faith with honor and excellence in whatever vocation or situation God places them.
House of Bonhoeffer: This house was named after Deitrich Bonhoeffer, an outspoken theologian, pastor, and anti-Nazi dissident in Germany during WWII who was a leader in the Confessing Church, started a seminary, and died at the hands of Hitler for espionage just two weeks before the Allies liberated his prison camp. He wrote the classic, The Cost of Discipleship.
House of Edwards: Johnathan Edwards was a 18th century theologian, pastor, and missionary to the Native American Indians of Massachusetts for most of his adult life. He was known for his long walks in the woods to commune with God (when not locked in his study) and was passionate about the sciences, particularly Newtonian physics, which he believed was supported by Scipture, proving God’s providence in binding the atoms to hold the universe together (Hebrews 1:3). In an effort to support scienctific research and set an example for others to do the same, he volunteered to take the smallpox vaccine. As the vaccine was still in the early stages of development and being weak in health, he died on March 22, 1758 from contracting smallpox from the vaccine.
House of Liddell: While most people remember Eric Liddell’s running abilities, conviction to maintain the sabbath, and his subsequent Gold Medal in the Men’s 400 Meters, few realize he was a rugby player and later went on to become a missionary to China for 18 years. During the last 2 years of his life, the Japanese had invaded China and Liddell was held in an internment camp living under harsh conditions. When given the unusual opportunity to be released, he requested another woman who was ill to be released in his place. He died in the camp before the war ended as a result of untreated brain cancer.
House of Wilberforce: British parlimentarian William Wilberforce was a contemporary and friend of John Newton, a former slave trader who greatly influenced him to work toward ending slavery in Britan. He once said, “God Almighty has set before me two great objects; the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners,” the later being to reform parliment and bring about a return to morals in politics. Wilberforce worked tirelessly, often suffering physically due to complications from possible chronic colitis. After 20 years of diligence, he saw the end of slave trading in Britan. Three days before his death, Parliment voted to abolish slavery entirely withing the British Empire.
The purpose of Heritage Oak School is to support parents in their desire to have a school for their children that is an extension of the Godly morals and Biblical principles taught in the home. Therefore, Heritage Oak School has purposed to teach according to the following principles:
We will teach a Biblical worldview. Colossians 2:8.
We will teach using God‐centered curriculum and all teachings will be filtered through the Scriptures. Proverbs 9:10, 2 Timothy 3:16.
We will teach the children behavior and character qualities pleasing to God. Proverbs 20:11, I John 3:18. We believe in order for a child to be considered well‐educated and ready to serve both God and country, he must learn to deal with any situation or idea put before him. He must be able to assess each problem or situation according to Biblical standards; then have the courage and wisdom to act upon his convictions. Titus 1:9.
We will teach the children to honor and respect their parents. Ephesians 6:1 – 2.
We will seek God with all our hearts to provide teachers who will be Godly role models for the children, whose lives are strong in character and personal discipline. Luke 6:39 – 40.
We will teach the children the preciousness of others and how their behavior affects others. Our desire is that there will be positive peer influence with older children demonstrating spiritual growth. I Corinthians 15:33, Philippians 2:1 – 4.
Statement of Doctrine
We recognize and believe in the authority of the Bible as the Word of God. We do not recognize creeds issued by man as authoritative and binding, but we do offer in humility and sincerity the following statement of doctrine:
1. The Scriptures. Old and New Testaments are the divinely inspired Word of God and infallible in their original writings. They are perfect and complete, the only written revelation of God to man, and authoritative in all matters. II Timothy 3:16‐17; II Peter 1:20‐21; Galatians 1:11‐12; II Peter 1:10‐12; Luke 24:44.
2. There is only one God who as Creator of the universe manifests Himself in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1‐2, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:6. God the Father. He is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. He reveals Himself as a merciful and loving Father seeking fellowship with mankind. John 5:19‐26; II Corinthians 6:18; Revelation 21:3.God the Son. He is revealed as Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of a virgin. He is both God and man sent to seek and to save that which was lost . Luke 19:10; John 1:1‐2, 14, 18; 3:16; Luke 1:35; Matthew 1:18‐21.God the Holy Spirit. He is sent forth from the Father to indwell the saints, to be their counselor and comforter, to empower them for service, and to seal them to Himself. His work is to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He bestows spiritual gifts upon the believers for the perfecting of the saints. John 16:5‐16; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:13‐14; 4:7‐14.
3. Man was created in the image of God without sin. He voluntarily fell from his sinless state and sin has been passed on to all of mankind, alienating all from God and resulting in physical and spiritual death. Genesis 1:27; 2:7; 3:1‐19; Psalm 14:1‐3; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 6:23; Revelation 20:11‐15.
4. Because mankind is hopelessly lost, we are in need of a Savior. Salvation has been provided through the substitutionary death of Jesus upon the cross. Through the shedding of His blood we have the forgiveness of sin. Salvation is a gift entirely by the grace of God. Through repentance and faith in His death and resurrection we have a living hope and through faith are shielded by God s power until the coming of salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time . Please Note: Salvation comes by grace alone, through faith alone, on the merits of Christ alone, and not through the merit or works of man. The grace that saves does not come through acts of obedience or church sacraments. I Peter 1:3‐5; I John 1:7‐9; 5:10‐13; Hebrews 10:5‐25; Revelation 1:5‐6; 5:9‐10.
5. Christ’s Church is composed of all born‐again believers in Him. Matthew 16:15‐19; Ephesians 4:1‐16; Colossians 1:24‐27. This local church is that body of believers who are voluntarily united together for: a. Worshiping God. John 4:23‐24; Hebrews 10:25. b.Ministering to the saints. Galatians 6:2; John 13:14; I Peter 4:10. c. Evangelizing and discipling. John 21:15‐17; I Corinthians 11:23‐25; Acts 1:8.d. Keeping the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Matthew 28:18‐20; I Corinthians 11:24‐26.e. We believe in, and practice, baptism by immersion.
6. At the close of this age all of mankind will be judged. The believers will be rewarded for their acts of righteousness and the unbelievers will be judged for their deeds and unbelief. Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. (Hebrews 9:28) Daniel 12:1‐3; I Corinthians 3:9‐17; Revelation 20:11‐21:8.
7. Marriage is an ordinance of the Church that has been established and instituted by God from the dawn of the human race, as described in the early chapters of Genesis. It has been codified in the Mosaic Law, and the Old Testament prophets compared it to the relationship between God and His people. Jesus Christ our Lord explained the original intention and core elements of marriage. When quoting the writings of Moses, Christ reminded us that “a man shall leave his father and his mother, and cleave unto his wife, that the two shall become one flesh.” The Apostles give explicit instructions on this union, teaching that marriage is a typology of Christ and His Bride, the Church. As such, the Church views marriage as a profound spiritual institution established by God. In accordance with the Holy Scripture, Country Oaks Baptist Church defines “marriage” as the exclusive union of one man and one woman in which such a union is a lifetime commitment, as described in the Scriptures. A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by this Church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of “marriage” found in these By‐Laws and Statement of Doctrine. Ref: Genesis 1:27; 2:18‐24; Malachi 2:13‐16; Matthew 19:3‐12; I Corinthians 7:1‐40; Ephesians 5:21‐33; I Peter 3:1‐7.
8. Human Sexuality – Legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage as described in Holy Scriptures. Hence, sexual activity outside of marriage (referred to in the New Testament as “porneia” in Greek) including, but not limited to adultery, premarital sex (fornication), homosexuality, and pedophilia are inconsistent with the Bible and the Church. Further, lascivious conduct, transgender behavior, and the creation, distribution, and/or viewing of pornography are incompatible with the Biblical witness and the teachings of the Church. Reference: Exodus 22:16‐19; I Corinthians 6:9‐11 and 15‐20; 7:1‐12; Ephesians 2:1‐3; 4:17‐19; 5:1‐7; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 1:13‐16; 4:1‐5.
9.Affirmation – Every pastor, elder, member, ministry leader or worker, volunteer, or employee shall affirm the Country Oaks Baptist Church Statement of Doctrine, and shall conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent therewith.
*The statement of doctrine adopted by Heritage Oak School is that of the Southern Baptist Convention and is printed in our other manuals, including the staff manual and the parent handbook. It is intentionally Protestant in nature and is considered central to Christian denominations. As written here, and in our other documents, this Statement of Doctrine is accepted as policy by the Board.
*As a member of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools, Heritage Oak School also subscribes to the ACCS statement of faith which is not in conflict with ours.