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Core Beliefs and Values

Theological Beliefs

1. The Word of God. We believe that the Bible is the word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (John 17:17; Rom 15:4; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:19-21).

2. The Trinity. We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption (Matt 28: 19; John 1:1-4; 1 John 5:7).

3. God the Father. We believe in God the Father: an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He draws men unto Himself, concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17; 4:24, 17:5).

4. Jesus Christ. We believe in Jesus Christ, Gods only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, teachings, miracles, healings and deliverances. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth ( Isa 7:14; John 1:14; Phil, 2:5-11; Heb 1:2,3; 1 John 1:7).

5. Regeneration. We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit (John 1:12-13, 3:3, 16-17; Acts 20:21; Eph 2:1-9; Titus 3:5).

6. The Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin; and regenerates, indwells, sanctifies, and empowers all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit is an abiding helper, teacher and guide; and that through Him, we are able to receive edification, exhortation and comfort and minister them to others through spiritual gifts (John 14:26; 16:7-15; Rom 8:14-17; Eph 1:13-14; 1 Cor 14:3).

7. Believer Autonomy. We believe that every human is designed for direct relationship and communion with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith, since Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father as our sole high priest. We believe that Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and that we are to live in grace, truth and love as governed by the Spirit of God (Heb 4:14-16; Matt 5:17-20; John 13:34; 1 Peter 1:22;

8. Christian Conduct. We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellowmen; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of spiritual maturity and purpose in Christ (2 Cor. 9:6-8; Eph 4:11-16; Phil 2:14-16; Col 3:17-23; 1 Thes 5:17-18).

9. Religious Liberty. We believe that each Church is independent and must be free from interference by an ecclesiastical or political authority as intended by our Creator. We believe that the American Bill of Rights has provided complete religious liberty for US citizens; and regardless of what national authority one is under, the Spirit of God has called us to boldness in speaking into our society in every realm.

10. The Church. We believe that all regenerated persons are members of the body of Christ of which Jesus is the head; and that the calling of believers is to connect with local fellowships for the teaching of spiritual truth, the building up of the faith, the giving and receiving of ministry, the testimony of integrity and love, and the bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world (Heb 10:24-25; Matt 16:16-18; Eph 2:19-22; 1 Cor 14:3; Matt 28: 18-20).

11. The Last Things. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of those who have chosen to reject Christ. We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of his kingdom (John 5: 28-29; Rev. 20: 1-15; 2 Cor. 5:10; Heb 11:6; Matt. 25: 31-46).

12. Christian Unity. We believe in the power of love and unity in the body of Christ as a testimony to the unsaved world; and that it’s not God’s intention for the church to be divided or hostile over differing opinions on non-essential spiritual matters or cultural differences (John 17:21; John 5:28-29; Rev. 20: 1-15; 2 Cor 5:10; Matt 25: 31-46).

Educational Values

1. You. We believe that a diploma to hang on your wall is only the beginning of what you’re after; that you desire a solid biblical foundation and first-rate ministry training to equip you for success in whatever ministry you pursue. And rather than impressing people with your educational degrees, we believe you’d like to impress Jesus with your sacrificial and persistent pursuit of learning in order to widen and deepen His Kingdom.

2. Program Excellence. We believe in providing the best education possible… the best curriculum as provided by compassionate, experienced and qualified authors. A look at our curriculum authors confirms that they are the crème de la crème in their fields. Additionally, we seek to use every tool at our fingertips to bring you the best quality online training we can provide.

3. Broad Perspective. We aren’t afraid to present different viewpoints. In fact, we believe that exposing you to a variety of perspectives is healthy and beneficial. You are entitled to and capable of forming your own perspective on the secondary tenets of the faith. By grazing in various pastures, so to speak, you are well-equipped to produce your own perfected milk. You will find our authors, instructors and leadership diverse in many ways, including the types of seminaries they represent.

4. Program Feasibility. Our goal is that men and women of God from all walks of life can succeed at comprehending and retaining the concepts and materials presented in our educational degree programs, and complete the programs in a realistic time-frame in order to move more fully into their callings.

5. Program Affordability. There are countless men and women of God around the world who’ve been held back from fullness in ministry due to lack of training. And often times, they lack training because they lack the funds to attend a brick and mortar school or the associated online programs. It’s our desire to bring educational opportunity to these believers at the most bare-bones budget possible… about 1/4 the cost of similar degrees.

6. Program Convenience. Because time may be at a premium for you, time limits and constraints may have hindered furthering your spiritual education. Online education allows students to accomplish the most in the least amount of time. By working from home, students can determine their course load, and access their courses  any time of day or night.

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