Core Values of the C.S. Lewis Foundation
In pursuit of our mission, the Foundation has embraced certain core values, beyond those expressed in the Statement of Faith. These core values are intended to inform the shape and character of our efforts, including the following:
1. The C. S. Lewis Foundation understands its calling to be that of education. Its programs are not designed to serve as a cover for subtle forms of evangelism, legitimate as they may be, nor does it labor under the sense of any obligation to certify the integrity of its Christian commitments by resorting always to the use of explicit Christian statements and symbols.
2. The C. S. Lewis Foundation seeks to be vulnerable to the Holy Spirit – broken, surrendered, and responsive as opposed to always certain and pro-active, listening as well as proclaiming. (“A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou will not despise.” Psalm 51:17)
3. The C. S. Lewis Foundation desires, above all, that Jesus be the centerpiece of its life, that an open and unapologetic adoration and veneration of our Lord characterize both the individual and collective expressions of its faith in Christ. (“Wherefore God highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Phillipians 2:9-11)
4. The C. S. Lewis Foundation is committed to “Mere Christianity” as opposed to “My Christianity.” It respects both the social necessity and value of differing Christian traditions, but it intends to celebrate their commonality in Christ as opposed to their distinctives. (“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” Phillip Melancthon)
5. The C. S. Lewis Foundation is appreciative of the best things but seeks the right things while being aware that these are not always synonymous. To discern the difference, it acknowledges with gratitude the much valued counsel and correction of friends and foes alike, both within and without the church, and affirms its ultimate dependence upon the truth of the scriptures and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. (“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12)
6. The C. S. Lewis Foundation values quality over quantity and prefers substance to appearances. It is not fearful of the big but is inclined towards the small. Mindful of the often subtle but significant differences between legitimate promotion and mere “hype,” the Foundation is content to walk before it runs and desires to represent itself so as to be, as nearly as possible, what it seems to be. (“‘Tis a gift to be simple.” Shaker hymn)
7. The C. S. Lewis Foundation affirms the values of community and its counterbalance in the authority of individuals called to leadership. In affirming its commitment to pray for, and support, those who held places of authority within the community, it would also affirm its commitment to the principles of servant leadership as advocated and modeled by Jesus. (“By this shall all men know that you are my disciples. If you have love for one another.” John 13:35)
8. The C. S. Lewis Foundation is mindful of the health and healing power of true worship and praise. We are persuaded that no enduring work of substance can arise unless it is transformed and nourished by worship before the living and holy God.
Statement of Faith
Below you will find our Statement of Faith, along with the Apostle’s Creed, and the Nicene Creed.
We accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the written Word of God. We believe in the divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness and final authority of the Bible in all matters of faith and practice.
- The triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- The incarnate Son: Jesus Christ, fully God, fully man.
- The goodness and beauty of the world, created and sustained by the Word
of God’s power.
- Salvation by grace received through faith in Jesus Christ, who alone,
through His life, death and bodily resurrection, redeems us from sin and
reconciles us unto God.
- The essential unity of all believers, who together form one Church,
diverse in form and expression, of which Christ is the Head.
- The continuing ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who empowers the worship,
service and witness of God’s's people in all their activities.
- The ultimate deliverance of the children of God and of all nature from
the destructive consequences of the Fall.
We further confess the historic statements of the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds:
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead, He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light; Very God of Very God; begotten, not made; being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven; and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven; and sitteth on the right hand of the Father, and He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end’.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost; the Lord and Giver of Life; Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; Who spake by the prophets. And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead; and the life of the world to come. Amen.