FOCUS stands for Families Of Christ United through Schooling.
FOCUS members are committed to building each other up in the Lord in order to become better wives and to effectively raise Godly, well educated children.
“Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips, nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be dishonored.” (Titus 2:3-5 NASB)
- The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the only inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
- The Trinity
We believe that there is one living and true God eternally existing in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that they are equal in power and glory. (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14)
- God the Father
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness (Isaiah 6:6), wisdom, power and love Rom. 11:33-36). We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:26-28; 10:9).
- Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, (John 1:1; 1:14), was born of a virgin (Matt. 1:18), sinless in His life (Heb. 4:15), died vicariously on the cross as a substitute for sinful men (Heb. 9:15), and rose bodily from the grave (John 20:1-9, 24-31). We believe in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He makes continual intercession for believers until His bodily return to this earth in power and glory. (Acts. 1:11, Heb. 9:28; Matt. 24:30)
We believe that all people are sinful by nature and are under condemnation (Rom. 3:23; 5:12; 6:23) and can only be forgiven by the expression of repentance and trust in Jesus as Savior (John 3:16) brought about by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5-7).
- The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and who regenerates, sanctifies, and empowers all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe it is the Holy Spirit who calls and indwells every believer in Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. (Rom. 8:1-17)
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth and everything in them in six literal 24-hour days. Gen. 1:1; 1:5)
We believe that parents are responsible for the training and education of the children God has entrusted to them. Each parent stands accountable to the Lord for the course that is charted and followed. We will be supportive and respectful of the different methods of education employed by each family.
We agree to maintain discipline of our own children while involved in any group activities, outings or field trips. We will be respectful to our hosts on any given outing. All group activities will be in keeping with Christian beliefs and standards of conduct in order to bring glory to God.
We agree to maintain a Christian organization, reflecting godly morality, principles, and love; desiring as a home education group to honor and glorify our Lord Jesus Christ, and be a light to the world.
We respect and agree not to compromise the privacy of our homeschooling families, including making available to those not in our membership the names, phone numbers and addresses of those families in our group without their prior, expressed consent.
We recognize that information shared at group meetings should be regarded as "informational only" and not suggested as "legal" advice.
- Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE)
In Iowa: 800-723-0438
Outside Iowa: 515-830-1614
- Nebraska Christian Home Educators Association
PO Box 57041
Lincoln, NE 68505-7041
Contact persons: Nick & Kathleen Lenzen @ 402-423-4297
- South Dakota Christian Home Educators
PO Box 528
Black Hawk, SD 57718-0528
Contact person: Judi Sigafoos @ 605-745-4203
- Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
PO Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20134