Mission and Beliefs
- Rockbridge Seminary is a degree-granting institution of higher learning that exists to develop servant leaders for Christian ministry through learning experiences that allow them to study and practice without leaving their ministry field.The learning experiences provided by Rockbridge Seminary are delivered fully online, based on a curriculum that is designed around the biblical purposes of the church, and guided by ministry competencies.
Rockbridge Seminary is designed for Christians who want to live out the teachings of Christ. We have one holy passion – to know and follow hard after Jesus. We adhere to the fundamentals of the Christian faith and believe diversity of thought can exist in the Kingdom among those who seriously seek His truth.
We believe the Bible is God’s word to all people. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error and the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.” (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
We believe there is only one God, who is creator and ruler of the universe. He is eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1,26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1;1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13)
We believe that for the salvation of sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1)
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of damnation. (John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46)
We believe all believers are members of the body of Christ; the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines. (John 17:21; Acts 11:26; Romans 12:5; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 4:13; 1 Peter 4:16; 1 John 1:7)
Biblical Instruction. We are dedicated to a biblically-based education that enables students to integrate faith and practice. We treasure the Bible and are devoted to correctly handling the word of truth.
Global Strategy. We covenant to train spiritual leaders who will share the gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world. Evangelism and missions are the heartbeat of our seminary. Our strategy includes the training of persons from every national, ethnic, and cultural background for a variety of ministries.
Church Supportive. We value the Church as God’s primary strategy for redeeming the world. Our goal is to help churches become all that God intends them to be through the five purposes of the church: worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. We expect students, faculty, and staff to be active participants in the life of the local church.
Godly Character. We believe the basis of true leadership is character. We are consecrated to a life of spiritual growth and moral integrity. Christian values such as obedience, faithfulness, perseverance, service, and humility are shared and modeled by faculty, staff, and students.
Authentic Relationships. We believe relationships are essential for spiritual growth and effective ministry. We are committed to a community of faith in which mutually supportive relationships exist among students and faculty. We desire to model servant leadership that communicates love and compassion to all people.
Professional Excellence. God’s call to ministry is worthy of our best. We are dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and writing. We seek to provide the environment as well as the encouragement to enable students to discover and utilize their spiritual gifts. We expect students to perform with excellence in their studies and fields of ministry. We want our students to be known for personal discipline and innovation in ministering to a changing world.
Lifelong Learning. We believe ministerial training is a lifelong process. We commit to provide learning experiences for ministers to update their ministry skills.
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