Our goal is to teach the good news of Jesus Christ every time we meet. 2 Timothy 4:2 says, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.” Our objective will be to intentionally teach the good news of Christ, so that students will understand that Christ truly is “the way, and the truth and the life.” Being clear that, “No one comes to the Father except through him.” John 14:6 “…rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught…”
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:26-27) We believe it is our job to thoroughly equip or train students for the good work God has before them. The Greek word for “rooted” is rhizoo; our desire is for our students to be “rooted” in their faith in Christ. We use Sunday School, Wednesday night Bible studies, mission trips, camps, retreats, Disciple Nows, evangelism conference, and other events to help prepare our students for “every good work.”
“…and overflowing with thankfulness.”
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!” (Romans 10:14-15) We want our students to be confident in sharing their faith with the world. The last part of Colossians 2:7 says, “and overflowing with thankfulness,” if the forgiveness of Christ is genuine in the lives of our students, they will not be able to stop the thankfulness they have for Christ from overflowing out of their lives. We will provide for them opportunities to share Christ’s good news with their city, state, nation and world following the call Christ has placed on our lives in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive my power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.