1. The Bible, in the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired and infallible Word of God and constitutes His completed and final revelation to
man. The Bible, in its original autograph, is without error in whole and in part, including theological concepts as well as scientific, geographical and historical details. (2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:21; Jn 17:17; Ps 119:160)
2. God created the heavens and the earth and all living things as stated in Genesis 1 and 2 and Colossians 1:16. This One God has existed from all eternity in three co-equal, co-eternal persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Isa 43:10; John 1:1-3; Col 1:16; Isa 44:24; Isa 61:1; Isa 48:16; Matt 3:16-17; Matt 28:19-20)
3. Jesus Christ was God come in human flesh being fully God and fully man, born of a virgin and without sin. The central purpose of the coming of Jesus Christ was to pay the penalty for man’s sin through His substitutionary death on the cross, the successful accomplishment of which was attested to by His subsequent visible bodily resurrection from the dead and future bodily return to earth. (Is 59:2; Rom 5:8; 1 Tim 2:5; 1 Pet 3:18; Jn 11:25-26; Heb 9:26-29; Is 53:4-5; Matt 24:29-30; 1 Cor 15:3-8; Matt 3:16-17; Jn 1:1-3; Jn 8:18-19, 58; Jn 10:30; Php 2:5-8; Matt 28:19-20)
4. All men are in violation of God’s righteous requirements and His holy character both by nature and act, and are therefore under His wrath and just condemnation. (Rom 3:23; Rom 6:23; 2 Thes 1:8-9)
5. Salvation is offered as a gift, free to the sinner. This gift must be responded to in individual faith, not trusting in any personal works whatsoever, but by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. (Jn 1:12; Jn 5:24; Jn 14:6; 1 Jn 5:11-12; 1 Cor 5:7; 1 Jn 2:2; Acts 4:12; Rom 4:1-4; Eph 2:8-10)
6. The biblical model for marriage is the physical, spiritual, and legal union between one man and one woman. (Gen 2:23-24; Titus 1:6; Eph 5:24-25; 1 Pet 3:7)
7. We believe that there are certain beliefs that are essential to the Christian faith. We also believe that there are other issues which are considered to be peripheral, rather than central, to faith in Jesus, along with many differing expressions of how that faith is worked out in the Body of Christ. In the interest of Christian unity and biblical charity we believe that these non-essential doctrines and practices should be treated with liberty and grace, and that we should not attempt to unduly offend nor pass judgment on our brothers and sisters in Christ concerning such matters. (Rom 14:13-15; Matt 22:36-40; Gal 5:22-26)
1) God is the Creator.
God created all that there is. This includes man. Man was created by God to glorify God and for relationship with God.
2) God is holy. God is absolutely pure. He cannot even look upon sin. All He is and does is good and righteous.
3) God is just. Sin and evil cannot be allowed to go unpunished. Wrong must be redeemed at the right price. He must make all things right in the end.
Even though man was created by God to glorify God and have relationship with him, man did not. We sinned. We turned away from God. Instead of honoring Him we dishonored him. Instead of loving Him we hated Him. Instead of treating Him like the greatest being in all the
universe we treated Him like our enemy and His glory like refuse. Because of our sin and because of God’s holiness we were separated from God. We are now his enemies and we deserve hell, and nothing less than hell.
Even when we were sinners, God still loved us. Since He is holy we could not be in right relationship with Him. Since He is just He could not simply forgive us for our sins to bring us into that right relationship with Him. There had to be a payment that was equal to the crime. So God sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ into the world.
There are several important points about Jesus in the Gospel.
1) Jesus lived a perfect life.
In order to satisfy God’s holiness Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to God. He honored God as God was meant to be honored at every moment of His life. He never sinned.
2) Jesus died for man’s sins.
Since God is just there had to be a payment that was equal to the crime. We deserved death. Jesus took our place. He received the punishment that
we deserved for our sins. He died on the cross as our substitute.
3) Jesus was fully God.
This one might seem odd but is absolutely essential like the others. It goes in line with the previous point. There had to be a just payment for the sins of not just one person but for all who would eventually believe. If Jesus was anything but infinite God, then his sacrifice would only be for one person. One for one. That is justice. But instead He died for the sins of multiple millions or even billions of people who would one day believe. How? He was the infinite God, a sacrifice that was proportionate to both the infinitely horrible sins of each man, and in the place of multiple millions of men.
4) Jesus rose from the dead.
Jesus conquered sin and death by satisfying God’s holiness and justice and rose from the dead on the third day to bring life to all who would believe. Because He lives we too can live. By Jesus’ perfect life, death on the Cross, and resurrection we are reconciled to God. We are brought back into right relationship with Him.
You can't stop there though, because the sacrifice of Jesus was only for those who would believe. His sacrifice only covers those who trust in that sacrifice. Only those who want to be reconciled to God and accept the Gospel, accept their sinfulness and that the only way to be saved is through trust in the work of Jesus will receive the benefit of that work. There are no works, no good deeds
that will bring one back into that relationship with God. It is by faith and faith alone. You must have faith in Him and what He has done. This alone is salvation. And this is the Gospel.
HOME was established in the Fall of 1995 by Cindy Reece, a homeschooling mom who had moved to Colorado Springs from Littleton. Desiring a group that simply allowed her to join, attend meetings, enjoy the fellowship and support of other homeschooling moms, and where her children could fellowship with other Christian homeschooled kids, Cindy followed the Lord's call to begin HOME. For more than two decades now, HOME has served hundreds of Christian homeschooling families in and around the Colorado Springs area. HOME currently serves about 80 families.
HOME is a Christian Homeschool Support Group.
Below is a further explanation of what that means.
Christian… Being a Christian Homeschool Support Group does not mean that we simply bear the title “Christian”, nor does it mean that we merely assent to a Christian statement of faith.What it does mean is that the very foundation of our desire to help our members educate is rooted in our love for Jesus Christ and a passion for His name and renown. HOME wants to do far more than provide comfort, support, wisdom and counsel to homeschoolers. We want to create a community where every homeschooler receives Christ’s comfort, Christ’s support, Christ’s wisdom, and Christ’s counsel.
Homeschool… Our focus is on serving those who have chosen to disciple their children at home. Homeschooling is the home-based parent-directed education or discipleship of children. Simply put, we want to assist parents who are directing the discipleship of their children.
Support Group… As a support group we recognize that every homeschooler, whether just beginning or well-seasoned, desperately needs support. We need Christ’s comfort and counsel. We also realize that every Christian homeschooler can offer Christ’s comfort and counsel, because we are all a part of the Body of Christ and have been given gifts by God to do so. In other words, we need each other. That is why this group exists. We are a community of needy homeschoolers that can offer Christ’s love and support to one another.
The HOME Constitution is our major governing document that lays out our major beliefs, practices and polity. You can click here to view the HOME Constitution. We also have some By-Laws that govern that day to day operations of HOME. You can click here to view these.
Sharon Ford has been home schooling for more than twenty years. She is the mother of six children and faithful wife to her husband Evert. Sharon has been a member of HOME for more than fifteen years and has served on its leadership team for over ten years.
Barbara West, a graduate of the University of Colorado, has been home schooling for over 25 years through seven states, our nation's capitol, and three foreign countries. She and her husband, Bruce, a retired Air Force pilot, have been married for 35 years. They have five children and three grandchildren, two on earth and one in heaven. They try to maintain a balance between developing biblical character qualities in their children and achieving academic mastery. With their military nomadic lifestyle they have set up house 22 times as the Lord has financed their missionary journey around world. Barbara has helped to start four homeschool support groups and worked in many other local, state, national, and international homeschool organizations. The West family moved to Colorado Springs in 2013