Statement of Faith & Learning
Statement of Faith & Learning
Our Central Confession: As a Georgia Baptist institution of higher learning, Brewton-Parker College is firmly and unequivocally rooted in the Christian faith, adopting the central confession for its statement of faith and learning from the New Testament – “Jesus Christ is Lord” (Romans 10:9). For Brewton-Parker College to express Christ’s Lordship as a function of its academic mission, its research, teaching, and learning communities must embrace in principle and practice all the questions and issues, all the curiosity and imagination that an undergraduate institution can hope to bring to the academic table. As a consequence, to say that “Jesus Christ is Lord” is to nurture a learning environment in which academic challenge, authentic spirituality, and the practice of integrity can flourish. To confess that “Jesus Christ is Lord” is to say that any query, argument, or issue can be explored to the end, whether it originates from the social and behavioral sciences, the natural sciences and technology, business and management, the arts and humanities, or religion and philosophy.
Our Doctrinal Affirmation: Georgia Baptists share a number of teachings with evangelical Christians of different faith traditions. It is these that we affirm – a core of common beliefs that are grounded historically in biblical truth and to which the employees of Brewton-Parker College can adhere freely and in good conscience. Among these are:
- The inspiration, authority, and total trustworthiness of Scripture (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17)
- God as Trinity (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14) and Creator (Genesis 1:1)
- Man as made in God’s image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27) who became a fallen sinner (Romans 3:23)
- Jesus Christ as virgin born (Matthew 1:18-25), divine Son of God (Hebrews 1:1-3), crucified for sinners (Romans 5:8), resurrected from the dead (Luke 24:6-7), and coming again (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
- Salvation by grace through faith, expressed in good works (Ephesians 2:8-10)
- The exclusivity of the gospel (Acts 4:12)
- The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer as to illumination of the truth and empowerment for life in ministry (John 14:16-17; Galatians 5:22-23)
- The value of the local church and personal participation in it (Matthew 16:17-19; Hebrews 10:23-25)
- Eternal separation from God or eternal life in God’s presence as the final destiny of all human beings (Matthew 25:31-46)
Integrating Faith & Learning as Our Calling
Christian scholarship has always framed the pursuit of learning in terms of persons loving God with all their mind (Matthew 22:37). Endorsing this as a biblically-sanctioned obligation, Brewton-Parker College works at equipping its students with a worldview that is both vibrant and meaningful. Student learning, when wedded to faith, will result in a Christian worldview characterized by academic integrity and that asks how belief in God and Christ affects both the assumptions and conclusions espoused by non-Christian perspectives.
Brewton-Parker College asks its professors and students to actively consider what committed faith can mean to all academic disciplines and endeavors. To face these questions squarely, Brewton-Parker’s stated distinctive is to pursue higher education with Christ fully in view. Integrating faith and learning without reservation in the classroom is key to our efforts. To introduce Christian implications into the curricula of our academic programs in ways that surpass the trappings of some artificial spirituality is paramount to our success as a Christian liberal arts institution. As the Scriptures state, in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3).
As Brewton-Parker College continues to educate and minister to students, we will also successfully avoid the secularizing process that can occur at academic institutions that lose their focus on the person and work of Christ. While under the direction of an unapologetically Christian worldview, our students are neither totally immersed in nor completely isolated from the secular world and its accomplishments. Our administrators, professors, and staff are therefore called to be salt and light above all else (Matthew 5:13-14). For Brewton-Parker College to fulfill its stewardship on behalf of the Georgia Baptist Convention, it strives to be an academic community that seeks after Christ and helps students live a life of Christian faith openly and without pretense.