The Scriptures: We believe that all of Scripture (both the Old and New Testament) is verbally inspired by God and is our final authority in all matters pertaining to doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
God: We believe in only one true God; One in essence, nature, and attributes, but existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (I John. 5:7).
Jesus Christ: We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, of His shed blood on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins, of His bodily resurrection and ascension to the Father’s right hand. We do not believe that He is simply “a” way to the Father, but rather the only way through which we can receive righteousness, regeneration, sanctification, and glorification. He is, in fact, our salvation (I Corinthians 1:30-31).
Holy Spirit: We believe in the baptism with the Holy Spirit, expressed with speaking in tongues according to Acts 1:8; 2:4; 9:17; 10:44-46; 11:15, 16; and 19:6. We believe this experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the new birth, and can be received by faith (Galatians 3:2).
Salvation: We believe that all who, in repentance and faith, receive the Lord Jesus as Savior and Lord are born again (Acts 20:20-21; Romans 10:9-13).
Healing: We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the cross has provided healing for the human body (Matthew 8:16, 17; Isaiah 53:4; I Peter 2:24).
The Resurrection: We believe in the resurrection of the just and the unjust; one to everlasting life and one to everlasting damnation (Matthew 25:46).
The Second Coming: We believe in a literal, physical second return of the Lord Jesus Christ (I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:16-17).
The Church: We believe that the universal church is comprised of all true believers who have received salvation through Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23). We also believe in and encourage fellowship with a local church (Hebrews 10:25).
Gifts of the Spirit: We believe that spiritual gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit are for the common good and building up of others today (I Cointhians. 12:7).
STANDARDS OF PROGRESS AND CONDUCT
Charis Bible College has three basic standards by which students’ progress is measured: grace, servanthood, and character. Detailed below are “guideposts” by which the working out of these truths may be measured, not a formula by which these qualities may be attained. As a believer we already possess everything we need in Christ, but must yield our souls and bodies so that these qualities are manifested in our thoughts and actions.
Grace: 2 Peter 1:2-3, “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue.
“Charis is the Greek word for grace. The grace of God is God’s favor given to every believer who by faith puts his or her trust in Jesus Christ. Grace is multiplied in your life as you relate with other people. The grace of God, His ability working in you, is manifested as you are willing to listen and understand the heart of your teachers and fellow students, as you exercise forgiveness, as you see the best in people and overlook human faults, and as you are enabled to work with those you may disagree with.
Servanthood: As disciples of Jesus Christ, students at Charis Bible College value and walk in humility and servanthood. They are willing to put the needs of others ahead of their own desires, and find opportunities on their own to serve the school, staff, fellow students, and others.
Character: It is defined by the example of our Lord Jesus Christ and further explained by the writers of the Bible. This is measured by your attendance record, faithfulness in paying tuition, obeying rules, and living by the highest moral and ethical standards.
CONDUCT We expect all students of Charis Bible College to conduct themselves to the best of their abilities, in agreement with the teachings of Jesus, both on and off campus, at all times while enrolled as students.
Modesty and good taste are considered the principle guidelines for all students while on campus. Business-casual dress for men and women that is clean and neat is appropriate for classes and daily campus activities. Occasionally, circumstances may dictate a more formal dress. On such occasions, dresses for the ladies are appropriate. Suits, or sport coats with ties, are considered formal for men.