This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the statement of St. Louis Christian College’s beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of the College’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the Board of Trustees is the College’s final interpretative authority on the Bible.
GOD – We believe in the one eternal God, Creator, Lord and Savior of the world, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who governs all things according to the purpose of His will.
BIBLE – We believe the Bible is the divine inspiration, truthfulness, and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
MANKIND – We believe that all men and women are unique individuals, created in God’s image, capable of intimate fellowship with Him and with the potential for personal fulfillment and positive social good. We further believe that all men and women, by virtue of Adam’s sin and their own personal rebellion, are sinners demonstrating their sinfulness in numerous personal and social dimensions.
GENDER – We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as either male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God.
MARRIAGE – We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one biologically-born man and one biologically-born woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union.
SANCTITY OF LIFE – We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – We believe that God is both Creator and the Judge of all people. We therefore should share His concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of all people from every kind of oppression.
SALVATION THROUGH CHRIST – We believe that there is only one Savior and only one gospel. Jesus Christ, being Himself the only God-man, who gave Himself as the only ransom for sinners by his death on the cross, is the only mediator between God and mankind. There is no other name by which we must be saved.
SALVATION BY FAITH – We believe that individuals receive the benefits of Christ’s salvation by a response of wholehearted faith in Him. This response of faith necessarily involves repentance from sin, public confession of faith in Christ, baptism by immersion into Christ for the remission of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit, and lifelong obedience to Christ.
CHURCH – We believe that the Church is the bride of Christ, the body of Christ, the community of believers, and primary manifestation of the kingdom of God on earth. The well-being of the believer, the progress of the gospel, and the health of society at large are promoted by the vital functioning of Christian congregations in every level of society.
EVANGELISM – We believe that Christ sends His redeemed people into the world as the Father sent Him, and that this calls for a similar deep and costly penetration of the world. World evangelization requires the whole Church to take the whole gospel to the whole world.
CHRISTIAN UNITY – We believe that division is a hindrance to the work of evangelism, and we recognize that Christ prayed that His followers might all be one. As a result, we firmly advocate the restoration of the church revealed in the Scriptures as the only sure way to achieve Christian unity.
POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father sent His Spirit to bear witness to His Son; without His witness ours is futile. Conviction of sin, faith in Christ, new birth, and Christian growth are all His work. We believe that the fruit of the Spirit is the primary evidence of the Spirit’s work in the believer’s life.
RETURN OF CHRIST – We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, in power and glory to consummate His salvation and His judgment. Our Christian confidence is that God will perfect His kingdom, and we look forward with eager anticipation to that day and to the new heaven and earth in which righteousness will dwell and will reign forever.