The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the writ-
ten record of His supernatural revelation of
Himself to man, absolute in its authority, com-
plete in its revelation, final in its content, and
without any errors in its teachings.
All men in their natural state are lost, alienated
from God, spiritually dead: “All have sinned,
and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).
Salvation is only by grace, a free gift of God,
through faith in the Lord Jesus, who died for
our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Cor.
15:3). Those who thus receive Christ by faith
have their sins forgiven (Eph. 1:7), their hearts
cleansed (Acts 15:9), are born of the Spirit,
become children of God (Jn. 1:12, 13), and are
made new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).
God is One God, Who reveals Himself in three
Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus
Christ, as the Scriptures affirm, is the Son of
God and Son of man. He was born of a virgin
and is Himself very God. The Scriptures also
declare the deity and personality of the Holy
Our Lord Jesus rose from the dead in the same
body that was laid to rest in the tomb (Jn.
20:25-27). The bodies of all believers who die
will be raised from the dead, and they will
receive an incorruptible body like His glorious
body (1 Cor. 15:53; Phil. 3:21). All other men
shall be raised unto “the resurrection of judg-
ment” (Jn. 5:28, 29).
Christians, born of the Spirit, are to live the new
life in the present power of the Spirit. “If we live
by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk” (Gal.
5:16-25; Col. 2:6). The Christian’s responsibility
and his normal attitude of life is to yield himself
to God (Rom. 6:13), trusting God to keep him.
Christian “living” includes Christian service, the
winning of souls around us, and the preaching
of the gospel in the uttermost parts of the earth.
In carrying on this work there is needed the
supernatural power of the Holy Spirit which is
granted to every believer as he yields and trusts
(Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12:7; Eph. 3:20; Acts 5:32). In
all of this service, prayer is to have the central
place (Jn. 14:12-14; Eph. 6:18, 19).
Jesus Christ will come again to earth the sec-
ond time (Heb. 9:28), personally (Acts 1:11; 1
Thess. 4:16), bodily (Acts 1:11; Col. 2:9), and
visibly (Matt. 26:64; Rev. 1:7). His coming will
precede the age of universal peace and right-
eousness foretold in the Scriptures (Matt. 24:29,
30, 42; 2 Thess. 2:7, 8; Rev. 20:1-6).
(Candidates for graduation need not affirm the
Although Columbia International University is
denominationally unaffiliated, it seeks to serve a
variety of evangelical denominations and inde-
pendent congregations. The faculty and student
body reflect church affiliations across a broad
spectrum of North American and non-North
American denominations and church fellowships.
Students find exposure to persons from various
ecclesiastical traditions, who are united in their
commitment to evangelical orthodoxy, an enrich-
ing and beneficial experience. CIU prepares its
students to return to the denomination or church
tradition that nurtured them. The following affilia-
tions are typically represented on campus:
African Methodist Episcopal
African Methodist Episcopal Zion
Assemblies of God
Associate Reformed Presbyterian
Christian and Missionary Alliance
Church of God in Christ
Church of the Nazarene
Conservative Baptist Association
Evangelical Free Church of America
Independent Baptist Churches
National Baptist Convention
Presbyterian Church in America
Presbyterian Church, various
Southern Baptist Convention
United Methodist Church
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