The Dubuque Dream Center Academy's foundational focus is to:

  • instill in children, that all wisdom and knowledge begin with their Creator (Proverbs 1:7),
  • establish the existence of our Creator, (Psalms 14:1; 53:1; Genesis 1-2), and
  • reveal each student's designed purpose to represent and glorify their Creator (Isaiah 43:7).


Students will learn ...

  • the reality of the fall of mankind, sin, and God’s desire to reconcile mankind to Himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
  • that representing their Creator applies to all areas of their lives (Colossians 1:16; Romans 11:36), including academic excellence and character development.
  • to respect the Bible as a credible source of education that reveals God’s design and success for their life (Genesis 1:26-28; 2 Timothy 3:14-17).


The basis of the Dubuque Dream Center Academy is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the infallible and inerrant Word of God, as interpreted and expressed in the standards of the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. On this basis, the school affirms the following principles of Christian education:

The Bible. God, by His Holy Word, reveals Himself; renews human beings’ understanding of God, of themselves, of others, and of the world; directs human beings in all their relationships and activities; and guides His people in the education of their children. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises (2 Peter 1:16-21; 2 Timothy 3:16).

God. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory. (John 1:1-3; Mathew 28:19-20). As finite human beings created in God’s image, we declare that it is our purpose and privilege to worship, honor, serve, and obey Him.

Creation. The world belongs to God, who created it and faithfully sustains it by His providence. Creation is the theater of God’s glory, displaying His power and majesty. God calls us to discover creation’s resources, to receive these gifts with thanksgiving and delight, and to use them wisely as stewards and caretakers who are responsible to God and to our neighbor.

The Human Condition. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God's saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Romans 5:12-14).

Sin. Our ability to carry out our human calling to honor God, serve our neighbor, and care for the creation is marred by the corrosive effects of sin, which touch every part of life, including education. Human sin brought upon all people the curse of God, alienating them from their Creator, their neighbor, and the world, distorting their view of the true meaning and purpose of life, and misdirecting human culture. Brokenness, disease, hate, arrogance, alienation, abuse of creation, and, ultimately, death are all the inevitable fruits of sin in our world.

Covenant. However, God has not rejected or abandoned His world but has turned it in love. He pledges to be faithful and to care for all His children. God always keeps His promises. We acknowledge with gratitude and joy that He is our God and the God of our children, that we are His people, and that this is His world.

Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus -- Israel's promised Messiah -- was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate (Mathew 1:18-23; 1 Corinthians 15; Hebrews 1:1-4).

The Work of Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation (Acts 4:12; John 14:6).

The Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service (John 14:25-26; John 16:4-11).

The Church. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer (I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4; Romans 12; Mathew 26:26-29; 28:19).

Christian Living. We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God's Word, the Spirit's power, and fervent prayer in Christ's name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ's commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Christ's Return. We believe in the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission (Mathew 24; 2 Peter 3).

Response and Eternal Destiny. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace (Romans 3:9-24; Luke 16:19-31; Hebrews 9:27).

Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and He reigns over all things for our good. To be a citizen of His Kingdom is a privilege, a joy, and a responsibility. Led by the Spirit, we place our every thought, word, and deed in service of Christ’s present and coming reign, and we live daily in the confident hope of the triumphant return.

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