A Clear Focus of Mission and Identity
The Doctrinal Statement, alongside the College of Theology Covenant brings the mission and identity of the college into clear focus. It outlines the university's commitment to the full inspiration of Scripture and its authority as God's word.
The Doctrinal Statement affirms the Triune nature of the Creator God and the full deity and humanity of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. In line with the biblical gospel, the statement acknowledges that mankind was created in God's image, free from sin, but fell from righteousness and so all of mankind became sinners.
Salvation comes through Jesus Christ alone who is humanity's only hope for new life through the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. This great salvation results in changed lives marked by love for God and each other, which is expressed in evangelism and the engagement of society.
The basic content of the Doctrinal Statement is inspired by the Nicene Creed. Written in the early fourth century, the Nicene Creed has long served as a summary of the fundamental beliefs that all Christian followers hold in common.
All of our students and faculty in the College of Theology are asked to sign the university's Doctrinal Statement in addition to our Covenant.
Read our Doctrinal Statement
WE BELIEVE the Bible, in the Old and New Testament Scriptures to be inspired, the only infallible, true and authoritative Word of God.
WE BELIEVE that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in God the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
WE BELIEVE in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. Being fully God and perfect man He performed miracles and lived a sinless life.
WE BELIEVE Jesus Christ suffered a vicarious and atoning death through the shedding of His blood. He was buried and on the third day was resurrected in His body; after which He ascended to be seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
WE BELIEVE that mankind was originally created in the image and likeness of God, and free from sin. Through the temptation of Satan, they transgressed the command of God and fell from their original righteousness, whereby all people have inherited a sinful nature that is opposed to God, and are thus under condemnation. As soon as they are capable of moral action, they become actual transgressors.
WE BELIEVE that for salvation of lost and sinful people, the regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God and is worshipped and glorified with the Father and Son. He divinely inspired the scriptures, convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, leads Christ's Church in truth and is the Teacher and Comforter sent by Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE that salvation comes through Jesus Christ alone; that salvation involves the redemption of the whole person and is offered freely to all who exercise faith in Jesus Christ. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of the living and those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
WE BELIEVE in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ as one holy catholic and apostolic Church, Christ's Body and Bride ministering reconciliation to a lost world. As ambassadors for the Kingdom of God and the Church, we affirm that evangelism and engagement in societal issues are both part of our Christian duty; both are necessary expressions of our doctrines of God and humanity, our love for our neighbor and our obedience to Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE the message of salvation proclaimed by Christ's Church is an indictment upon every form of alienation, oppression and discrimination, denouncing evil and injustice wherever it exists by lovingly ushering in the good news that Christ reconciled the world to Himself.