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-
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.
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
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.
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
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