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Our Distinctives
Grace Center for Biblical and Theological Studies

The Vision

One of the on-going needs of our world at the beginning of the 21st century is for educational institutions that are committed to passing on to our generation the "faith once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). Training men and women in the Holy Scriptures and in the theology of the Christian faith is a crucial need so that leaders and lay people alike can know the truth and declare it.

Our Distinctives
We hold the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God. We affirm our unity with all believers who confess our historic Christian faith. That faith is summarized in the recent document entitled, "The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration."* We also hold to those essentials of the gospel message which were re-discovered during the Reformation known as the Doctrines of Grace. Built upon the "scriptures alone", all of our theology flows from the complementary truths that can be summarized as "by grace alone," "through faith alone," "in Christ alone," and "for the glory of God alone." The glory, grace, and sovereignty of God govern all that we believe.
Secondly, we are Baptistic in our belief and practice of the Christian initiation rite of baptism. We believe this holy ordinance should be reserved for adults or young people who have made a credible profession of faith in Christ.
Thirdly, we acknowledge our debt and need to study and take advantage of the rich tradition of Christian history. Our forefathers in the faith hammered out many valuable writings, confessions, creeds, catechisms, and songs ??ese can greatly benefit our own church life. We neglect these kind of enrichments to our own poverty.
Fourthly, we hold the dynamic of worship as another key factor in a life that is pleasing to and effective for God. Our courses are taught within the atmosphere of worship. Our goal is not knowledge for its own sake but knowledge so that we might be more effective servants and worshippers of God. We also believe it is important to foster various forms of participatory worship in the assemblies of our churches so that God?eople can be enriched by various means in the corporate gatherings.
Finally, we seek to give the Holy Spirit his rightful place in the life of the church. We believe we need his empowerment and all of his gifts.
Combining the above elements into the life of today?hurch is our vision and the key principles motivating our institution.

*Copyright 1999 by the Committee on Evangelical Unity in the Gospel, P.O. Box 5551, Glendale Heights, IL 60139-5551. (This document was signed by a number of evangelical leaders across a broad spectrum of Christendom.)