Calvary Chapel University ~Statement of Faith
We believe in the true and living God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory. This triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8 and 48:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3)
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments is the Word of God, fully inspired, without error, and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which this church operates and is the basis for which this church is governed. We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the holy Scriptures. We believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the most accurate translation from the original ancient text. It is from this translation that we establish our doctrine and Statement of Faith. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3-4 and 1:21)
We believe in the person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 3:16 and 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3)
We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and His personal, visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58 and 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8)
We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:26 and 15:13,16; Hebrews 9:14)
We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 6:13, 14:16-17 and 16:8-11; Romans 8:26)
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all biblical gifts of the Spirit according to the instructions given to us in 1 Corinthians 12-14. (1 Corinthians 14)
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and, therefore, are under condemnation; that God saves and regenerates based upon faith by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. (Acts 8:15-17; Ephesians 2:1-3 and 8-9; Romans 3:23 and 5:8; Titus 3:5)
We believe in the universal church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all who are born again are a part of the Body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the church- full immersion water baptism of believers and the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). We also believe that the Lord Jesus Christ validated the ordinance of marriage. (Matthew 19:4-5 and John 2:1-11)
We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ which is His personal, visible return to earth and the establishment of His millennial kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless separation of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15)
We believe in a literal heaven and a literal hell and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in heaven with the Lord, while those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord. (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9 and 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11 and 20:11-15)
We believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church where all believers will meet the Lord in the air and be taken out of this world prior to the tribulation that will come upon the earth. (Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-16 and 5:9; 2 Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10, 5:7-10 and 7:13-14)
Philosophy of Education
Expected Student Learning Results
“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6)
To achieve the above mentioned purpose, CCU seeks to accomplish the following:
- To provide students with the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and to stimulate them to evaluate knowledge in the light of scriptural truth.
- To encourage growth in Christian character in each student and to help the student accept responsibility in faithful Christian service.
- To increase the student’s awareness of the world of ideas and events which are influencing our contemporary culture, and to prepare the student to effectively participate in our society.
- To enable the student to develop sound critical and analytical reasoning skills.
- To provide sufficient opportunities for students to become part of a vibrant fellowship of believers.
- To offer opportunities for academic specialization and practical preparation for graduate study and to assist the student in selecting and preparing for a vocation.
- To foster the student’s appreciation of the participation in wholesome vocational and cultural activities.
- To provide an avenue for selfless, Christ-like service to others.
- To develop and encourage healthy interpersonal relationships.
- To train up godly leaders who are hungry to live the obedient life in Christ by faith for the glory of God.
Essence – Core Values
The essence statement of CCU is a philosophical description of the institution and its people- students, staff, faculty, administration, trustees and alumni. While acknowledging that as individuals we are at different points along the way, we are all nevertheless journeying toward the ideals described in the five perspectives that follow: Christian, Academic, Developmental, Service and Values.
We are Christians who:
- Believe that God is the origin of all things and the source of the values made known to us in His creation, in human experience, and finally and fully, in Jesus Christ.
- Hold the Bible as the Word of God, the basis of our faith, and the primary record by which these values are made known.
- Rely on the Holy Spirit to help us discover these values and thereby call into question the values of the world.
- Confess Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, our college, our world, and as the final authority for our faith and life.
- Recognize that redemption by Jesus Christ and personal acceptance of His forgiveness are necessary for human wholeness.
- Show love toward God (holiness of fear) and love toward each other (holiness of life). This love is expressed in worship, self-denial, a special concern for the oppressed and an abandonment of those distinctions that divide us.
- Practice community among ourselves as members of one body of Christ and maintain a nonsectarian openness toward all Christians.
We are students and scholars who:
- Believe that all truth is of God; therefore, we recognize the importance of each field of study both for its own significance and for its interrelationship with other areas of knowledge.
- Believe that God desires that we pursue excellence according to the standard of His will for us.
- Exhibit intellectual curiosity, flexibility, and critical open-mindedness.
- Are able to deal with complexity and ambiguity, communicate effectively, carefully consider evidence and make godly decisions.
- Recognize that knowledge of history is key to understanding our world, our future, and ourselves. History is simply “His-story”.
- Have a basic understanding of Christianity, the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences.
- Know the language and customs of at least one other culture or know the cross-cultural issues within one’s own discipline in order to develop understanding of, respect for and cooperation with those of all other cultures.
- Promote and expand the body of knowledge related to our profession in a discipline.
- Have a thorough command of the primary sources, methodology and research skills, major issues, vocabulary, and facts in at least one academic field of study as well as understanding how the skills acquired in this way may be adapted to other fields of endeavor.
- Encourage and make provision for any person to learn at any period of life.
We are persons who:
- Seek to develop a creative Christian lifestyle whose purpose flows from a commitment to God through Jesus Christ.
- Honor our commitments and take responsibility for our personal behavior, decisions and continuing growth.
- Know from experience that self-discipline, struggle, risk and confrontation are necessary for growth and that because of the grace of God, we grow even through our failures.
- Have experiences in self-assessment in every dimension of our lives including values-clarification based on biblical truths and in planning for continuous individual growth and renewal.
- Understand the capabilities of our physical bodies and are committed to the lifelong nurturing of our physical selves.
We are servants who:
- Are able to joyfully follow Jesus’ example of service in the world and to pour out our individual and corporate lives for others because of God’s love in Christ for us.
- Share our faith unashamedly, disciple other Christians, participate in missionary endeavors, minister to the needs of all persons regardless of their agreement with our beliefs, and affirm the unique worth of every individual as one given gifts and talents to be discovered, developed, and directed toward service.
- Are faithful stewards of our time, talents, and resources who welcome and seek opportunities for service as a means to clarify and practice our faith and knowledge.
- We value truth and humility in the inward parts. (Psalm 51:6, Psalm 51:10, 1 Peter 5:5)
- We value a spiritually surrendered life in both our work and our walk with the Lord. (1 Timothy 4:7)
- We value infectious, optimistic and enthusiastic attitudes that have the best interests of the team at heart. (Deuteronomy 20:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
- We value a teachable heart and growth in our lives and ministries. (Proverbs 1:28, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- We value the affirming, encouraging and celebrating of efforts often. (Deuteronomy 20:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
- We value the holding up of each other’s arms by respecting, loving, protecting and supporting each other in all ways possible. (Exodus 17:11-12)
- We value holiness through obedience to God. (1 Peter 1:16, 1 John 5:3)
- We value the saving and life-changing grace of God. (Ephesians 2:8-10, 1 Corinthians 15:10)
- We value the responsibility to bear fruit through trusting God by faith. (Romans 1:17, Hebrews 11:6)
- We value the faithfulness of God’s Word. (Matthew 24:35, 2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 19)
- We value the privilege of developing and using the spiritual gifts of God. (1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4:11-12, Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 25:14-31)
- We value the unlimited ability and willingness of God to act on behalf of those who love Him. (Ephesians 3:20, 2 Corinthians 16:9)
- We value the unlimited power of prayer. (Jeremiah 33:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, John 14:12-13)
- We value the responsibility to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. (Matthew 22:39-40, Luke 10: 30-42)
- We value hard, faithful and smart work on behalf of building God’s kingdom. (Matthew 25:14-31, Ecclesiastes 5:3, Proverbs 12:24, Proverbs 22:29)
Statement of Diversity
Calvary Chapel University believes that an individual’s first responsibility is to the God of the Bible and that a person’s whole life should reflect His framework in a context of peace and selfless love. The University asserts that a genuine love for and interaction with diverse peoples is a biblical mandate. Moreover, Calvary Chapel University recognizes that current definitions of diversity differ widely. Our standard for diversity is found in the Bible. Individual differences in lifestyle that deny, ignore or reject biblical standards represent diversity in rebellion to God’s standards and hence, are unacceptable to the University. Recognizing the diverse nature of the body of Christ and its shared commitment to intellectual values, and our Lord’s commission to make disciples of all peoples, we are committed to diversity in the following ways:
- By building a community of trust among the different ethnic and cultural groups represented in our students and faculty, predicated upon respect for differences, with the purpose of focusing on the culturally-transcendent scriptural admonitions laid out by Paul in Colossians 3:11-15.
- By extending the resources of the University to Christians from various backgrounds for the work spelled out in Ephesians 4:12.
- By assuming a leadership role in extending knowledge accessibility to the multiethnic Christian community throughout the United States and around the world; by fostering comprehension and acceptance of people of differing viewpoints.
- By including contributions coming from members of diverse populations within the educational process.