What We Believe

Sound doctrine is at the core of our seminary mission. We strive to instruct students in the Word of God, and we provide these Articles of Faith to clarify our positions on Christian doctrines.

The Godhead

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
equal in essence, while distinct in personality and function. (Exodus 20:2-3; Matthew
28:19; I Corinthians 8:6).


Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and
born of Mary, a virgin, and is true God and true man. (John 1:1,14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14;
Galatians 4:4).
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into
heaven, and in His present life there as High Priest and Advocate. (Matthew 28:1-7; Acts
1:8-11; I Corinthians 15:4-9; Hebrews 4:14 16).
We believe in “that blessed hope”—the personal, premillennial, pre-tribulation, and
imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, when the Church will be “gathered
together unto Him.” (Titus 2:13; John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:51-
58; II Thessalonians 2:1-3)


The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the agent of the new birth through conviction and
regeneration, and that He seals, indwells, and baptizes every believer into the Body of
Christ at the moment of conversion. We believe that the Holy Spirit fills, empowers, and
distributes service gifts to believers, but that sign gifts were restricted to the Apostolic
Period. (John 3:5; Ephesians 1:13; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 5:18, 4:11-
12; Romans 12:6-8; Hebrews 2:3-4; Ephesians 2:20; I Corinthians 13:8-13).

 

Creation

We believe in God’s direct creation of the universe, without the use of pre-existent material
and apart from any process of evolution whatever, according to the Genesis account. We
believe the creation of the universe took place in 6 literal 24 hour days, with the LORD
resting on the 7 th (Genesis 1:1-31; Exodus 20:11; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3).

 

Man and the Fall

We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred
not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that all
human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word, and deed.
(Genesis 1:26-27, 3:1-6; Romans 5:12,19, 3:10-13; Titus1:15-16).

 

Salvation

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died as the substitutionary sacrifice for all men. The
blood atonement He made was unlimited in its potential. It is limited only in its application,
effectively saving those who are brought by the Holy Spirit to repentance and faith. (Isaiah
53:4-11; II Corinthians 5:14- 21; I John 2:1-2; II Peter 2:1; I Timothy 4:10; John 3:5-8, 16:8-
13).
We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy
Spirit and thereby become children of God. (John 1:12-13, 3:3-16; Acts 16:31; Ephesians
2:8-9)

 

Security of the Believer

We believe in the eternal security of the believer, that it is impossible for one born into the
family of God ever to be lost because he is forever kept by the power of God (John 6:39,40,
10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1; I Peter 1:5). There are a number of evidences of saving
faith – the fruit of the Spirit, the discipline of the Lord and the greatest of which is the
perseverance in the faith.

 

The Future

We believe in the literal fulfillment of the prophecies and promises of the Scriptures which
foretell and assure the future regeneration and restoration of Israel as a nation. (Genesis
13:14-17; Jeremiah 16:14-15, 30:6-11; Romans 11). We believe in the return of the Lord
Jesus to establish His kingdom - a literal 1000-year rule on earth, where Jesus Christ will
rule from Jerusalem and Israel will be restored to its prominent place as God’s chosen
people.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness
of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost. (Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-
31; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 21:1-8).

 

The Church

We believe that the Church, which is Christ’s body, is the spiritual organism consisting of all
born-again believers of this New Testament dispensation. (Ephesians 1:22-23;
I Corinthians 12:13). The Church has not replaced Israel as God’s chosen people. But is a
new work of God, known as a “mystery”, now revealed as a blending of Jewish and gentile
believers into one “Body” called the Church.
We believe that the local church is the agency through which God has chosen to accomplish
His work in the world. A church is an organized body of baptized believers, immersed upon
a credible confession of faith in Jesus Christ, autonomous in nature, and banded together
for work, worship, edification, the observance of the ordinances, and the worldwide
fulfillment of the Great Commission.

We believe that the local church, under Christ’s headship, is to be free from any external
hierarchy. Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 3:10; Matthew 28:18-20; I Timothy 3; I Peter 5:1-3;
Ephesians 1:22; Romans 16:17; II Corinthians 6:14-17; I Timothy 6:3-5).
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that the scriptural ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s supper
and are to be administered by the local church; that baptism, by immersion, should be
administered to believers only as a symbol of their belief in the death, burial, and
resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and as a testimony to the world of that
belief and of their death, burial, and resurrection with Him; and that the Lord’s supper
should be partaken of by baptized believers to show forth His death, “till He come.”
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47, 8:26-39; I Corinthians 11:23-28; Colossians 2:12)