Divinity School administration and faculty affirm those core beliefs held by Christians throughout the church’s history:
- God – We believe there is one true and living God (Isa. 45:5) who created (John 1:1-3) and preserves all things (Col. 1:15-17). He is one in essence (John 10:30) but exists eternally as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14). As the source of all truth (John 14:6, 17), God has revealed himself through his creation (Ps. 19:1), the Scriptures (Luke 24:17), the person and work of Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:1-3), and the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the Christian (John 16:13-15).
- Jesus Christ – We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son (2 Pet. 1:17), conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18), born of the virgin Mary (Lk. 1:26-38), crucified at the hand of Pilate as the only atonement for the sin of the world (1 John 2:2), raised from the dead by God the Father (Acts 2:24), and now seated at his right hand in heaven (Eph. 1:20) where he serves as our High Priest (Heb. 4:14-16) while awaiting his return to earth to judge the righteous and unrighteous (Acts 17:31).
- Holy Spirit – We believe the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father (John 14:25) to glorify the Son (John 16:14), convict the world of its sin (John 16:8), regenerate those who believe (Titus 3:5), indwell the Christian (Rom. 8:9-11), guide into all truth (John 16:13), and equip the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:7-13).
- Scriptures – We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16-17), are a totally trustworthy record of divine revelation (2 Pet. 1:21) and, therefore, the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
- Sin – We believe sin entered the human race through our original parents (Rom. 5:12) who were created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26), enjoyed an intimate relationship with him but chose to reject his will (Gen. 2:15-17; 3:1-7), leaving descendants of Adam estranged from God (Eph. 2:1), and enslaved to the power of sin through their own disobedience (John 8:34).
- Salvation – We believe God reaches out in grace (Titus 2:11) and justifies those who respond in faith to his offer of salvation in Christ (Rom. 4:23-25).
- Mission – We believe the mission given to the church is to penetrate the many cultures and people groups of the world with the gospel, to make disciples (Matt. 28:19), and to plant local churches which will themselves be faithful to the mission.