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Doctrinal Philosophy

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Doctrinal Philosophy

This is not intended to be a comprehensive statement of faith, but rather a guide to the doctrinal boundaries within which the college functions. Those who share our spiritual identity will be generally familiar with the following terms and will be able to fill in what is lacking. However, if you desire clarification of any point, please do not hesitate to inquire. We will be pleased to give you details of our stance upon any doctrinal position. We believe:

  • That there is only one God who has revealed Himself as our Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
  • In the absolute Lordship and deity of Christ (including His pre-existence), His virgin birth, His sinless life, His atoning death, His bodily resurrection, and His eventual return to the earth in glory and power to establish His eternal kingdom
  • In the full spiritual authority, the reliability, and the divine inspiration of the Bible, including the chapters 1-11 of the Book of Genesis as presented
  • That nothing can replace the importance of the local church in the program of God. That the great task of each local church is to propagate itself by establishing other churches; and the great task of the combined church is worldwide evangelism
  • That entrance into the church is not by heredity, good works, nor by any other means except the new birth which is brought about by genuine repentance of sin, confession of faith in Christ as the only Savior, and a surrender to Him as Lord
  • That membership in the Church is signified by joyful participation in its worship, fellowship, sacraments, witness, and by acceptance of its discipline
  • That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is an essential component of effective Christian life and ministry
  • That the Church cannot fulfill its mission apart from the five leadership offices (Ephesians 4:11) and that we accept that it is part of our task to recognize those people and to assist in equipping them to fulfill their ministry (Ephesians 4:12)
  • That Christ purchased bodily healing for every believer at Calvary, and this healing should be appropriated by faith
  • In the reality of satan and of the kingdom of darkness over which he reigns, and of the absolute triumphs of Christ over the devil and all his works
  • That victorious Christian life is built upon a proper understanding of, and upon the exercise of, the spiritual authority conveyed to the believer by that gift of righteousness
  • In the resurrection of the dead at Christs return, in the certainty of Gods judgment, and in the inescapable result of that judgment foretold in the scriptures for the just and for the unjust

Embracing the identity and mission the above points give us, we could be described as an evangelical, Spirit-empowered, and faith-based institute. This is the position maintained in our Bible schools. However, we do respect other viewpoints, and we try to avoid being rigidly dogmatic or critical of those who differ with us.

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