Distinctives

Dear St. Columba School Parents,

Thank you for taking time to check out Bloomsburg Christian School. Bloomsburg Christian was formed in 1973 as a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. We understand that the closing of St. Columba has left you searching for educational options for your student. We invite you to check out Bloomsburg Christian School but want to make sure you are aware there are differences between the two schools.

Bloomsburg Christian School exists for the purpose of providing a distinctively Christian education in the greater Bloomsburg area in order to assist parents who desire a Biblical philosophy of education for their children. For a full statement of what we believe and teach our students, please read our full Statement of Faith and Core Values.

Roman Catholics and Baptists share a number of beliefs. Both belief systems believe that:

  • God is revealed in Scripture in and through the 3 Persons of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit),
  • Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God who came to earth to die for the sins of mankind, was resurrected to life, provides salvation to all who come to Him, and will one day rule all of creation perfectly,
  • The Bible is God’s revelation to man.

At the same time, there are significant differences between the Roman Catholic and Baptist theologies. A few of the major differences are what each believe on:

  • Authority: Baptists hold God’s inspired Word (the Bible) to be the ultimate source of authority (2 Timothy 3:16-17) over all tradition while Roman Catholics hold to the authority of the Church through the Pope as having ultimate authority.
  • The Bible: Baptists and Roman Catholics have the same basic belief that the Bible is God’s Word, but Catholics include the 7 Deuterocanonical books and that Church traditions can correct or inform understanding concerning doctrinal issues.
  • Salvation: Roman Catholics believe that salvation comes through faith in God along with obedience to the 7 Sacraments. Baptists believe that salvation is through belief and faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross as is found in Romans 10:9.
  • Confession: Baptists believe the Scriptures teach that Christians are to confess their sins to God directly and that there is no mediator required (1 Timothy 2:5) while Roman Catholics confess their sins to a priest to receive forgiveness. Roman Catholics also believe that they can pray to the saints for help in various ways while Baptists believe this is not effectual.

If you have questions about any of the above or about the school’s Statement of Faith, please ask! We would love to have the opportunity to show you from God’s Word what we believe and how Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation and that He is sufficient for all that we need for life and health and godliness (2 Peter 1:2-3)!

If you are interested in more information about our school, please continue to check out our website. After reading through this information, if you feel that BCS would be a good fit for your family, please call or email us to set up a tour. Thank you for your interest in our school!