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only through courses and fellowship offered by

the Seminary & School of Ministry, but also

through your church, through evangelistic and

missions projects, and through conferences. Your

faculty advisor will help you design a program to

make the most of this time of equipping.

The prayer of the faculty is that at the end of your

studies with us you will have achieved the follow-

ing goals:

You will exhibit the biblical-theological knowl-

edge necessary to interpret and apply the bibli-

cal text and to engage contemporary

theological, ethical and apologetic issues.

You will exhibit consistent growth toward

Christlike attitudes and behavior and a commit-

ment to helping others grow in Christ.

You will exhibit the practical skills necessary to

engage in vocational Christian ministry with cul-

tural understanding and sensitivity.

You will exhibit a Great Commission mindset

toward life and work.

In brief, we hope you will demonstrate the ability

to think biblically, grow spiritually and minister

effectively with a Great Commission focus.

Doctrinal Standard

The following, together with other Christian princi-

ples of doctrine and practice, including the affir-

mation of the full trustworthiness of Scripture,

which in its original writing was verbally inspired

and without error, shall be the basis of faith and

doctrine of Columbia International University:

1. 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 error in its teaching.

2. 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).

3. 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 (John 1:12, 13) and

are made new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).

4. 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, was born of a virgin, and

is Himself very God. The Scriptures also

declare the deity and personality of the Holy


5. Our Lord Jesus rose from the dead in the

same body that was laid to rest in the tomb

(John 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 glori-

ous body (1 Cor. 15:53; Phil. 3:21). All other

men shall be raised unto “the resurrection of

judgment” (John 5:28, 29).

6. 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 to God (Rom. 6:13), trusting God to

keep him.

7. 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). And in all of this service, prayer is to

have the central place (John 14:12-14; Eph.

6:18, 19).

8. 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

premillennial position.)


2012-2013 Seminary Programs Academic Catalog