Without any effort to be exhaustive in setting forth the things we believe, but rather to provide an accurate summary of our faith system, the trustees, administration, and faculty affirm belief in the following areas:
We affirm our belief 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.
We affirm 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.
We affirm 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 affirm 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.
Salvation through Christ
We affirm 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 man. There is no other name by which we must be saved.
Salvation by Faith
We affirm 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, and lifelong obedience to Christ.
We affirm 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.
We affirm 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 evangelism requires the whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world.
We affirm 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.
We affirm that God is both Creator and the Judge of all men. We therefore should share His concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of men from every kind of oppression.
The 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 (Gal. 5:22-23) is the primary evidence of the Spirit’s work in the believer’s life.
The 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 God will reign forever.