Statement of Faith
Our beliefs form the basis for all of our values and guide our actions each and every day. At Signet Bible College and Theological Seminary, we expect our faculty and staff, as well as our students, to live their lives in accordance with the doctrinal framework presented below:
- God: Our beliefs form the basis for all of our values and guide our actions each and every day. At Signet Bible College and Theological Seminary, we expect our faculty and staff, as well as our students, to live their lives in accordance with the doctrinal framework presented below:
- Scripture: We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. 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 will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, deeds, and opinions should be tried.
- Man: We believe that man was created by God in His own image. In the beginning, man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free will, 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 inherits a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are at an age of accountability, they become transgressors and are under condemnation.
- Salvation: We believe that salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
- Regeneration: We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again. Regeneration consists of giving a holy disposition to the mind. It is brought about in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit in conjunction with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel. Its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of life.
- Justification: We believe that the great gospel blessing, which Christ secures to such as believe in Him, is justification. Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness. It is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness that we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith, His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God. Justification brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
- Sanctification: We believe that sanctification is the process, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.
- Glorification: We believe that glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessing and abiding state of the redeemed.
- Repentance and Faith: We believe that the process of repentance and faith are sacred acts, and when we as sinners petition God for forgiveness of our transgressions, we believe He will provide us the gift of grace by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. We also believe in a Holy God though unseen, His existence is evident in creation and is confirmed by His word the Holy Bible.
- God’s Purpose of Grace: We believe that election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of His free mercy. All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.
- Last Things: God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
- Evangelism: We believe that it is the duty and the privilege of every follower of Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
- Stewardship: We believe that God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debt to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others.
- Christians and the Social Order: We believe that all Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends, Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.