What’s in a name?
The Branch Christian School derives its name from John 15:5, wherein Jesus stated, “I am the vine and you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit…” in this directed statement to the apostles, He established two eternalities to us: is uniting relationship with us as believers, and, as such, our experience of sustaining fellowship together in unshakable faith—an affirmation defining who we are and what responsibilities we have. Thus, His charge to the twelve apostles, then, is the same He has for us, now—His instruction for continuing in faith which produces fruit.
We believe that the promise of Salvation through the Resurrection of Christ is predicated upon two personal decisions established in scripture. We must be born again, accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior, wherein which the Holy Spirit covers us, uplifts us, and changes us, ‘…as new creatures in Christ….’ In the second, very personal action, we must repent of our sins. That action, in fact, acknowledges that we are sinners in need of Salvation.
We cannot be made eternally perfect without Christ. Neither can we expect changed lives in this existence without Him. These cannot be done of our own accord. The annals of world history are filled with those who have tried and failed. As believers in the living Lord, we strive to be Christ-like, not perfect here, but perfectible in Heaven. This, in part, is the difference between religiosity and relationship.
Embodying all of this, we set out to recreate the school and its mission. Today we earnestly persevere in that Christian affirmation that defines the school. In that relationship with the Lord is the assuring union with Him. The anticipated and resultant effect is for us to bear fruit of this relationship and experience. This is our responsibility. It is the calling of The Branch Christian School. it is who we are. It is what we do. Cultivating the fruit of faith is that which we require of ourselves, reborn and steadfast in Him. We affirm in our students that Christian life is more challenging, vibrant, and joyous than its worldly opposite.