Community Life Statement
We affirm that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the ultimate guide for our values, attitudes, and behaviors in all relationships.
We seek to foster the development of spiritual maturity through maintaining a personal devotional life and through participating in community worship and prayer.
We seek to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace and in gentleness, patience, and humility, accept one another in love.
We seek to encourage one another to mature in Christlikeness through attempting to speak the truth in love in the classrooms, in business affairs, in social relationships, and in all other areas of our common life.
We seek to encourage unity in families through responsible relationships.
We seek to respect and encourage our uniqueness in Christ, which includes our diversity of denomination, race, culture, personality, experience, gifts, and goals.
We seek to become involved individually and corporately with the Church in ministering to spiritual and social needs within and beyond our own community.
We renounce attitudes such as greed, jealousy, false pride, lust, bitterness, hostility, an unforgiving spirit, and prejudice such as that based on race, sex, and academic or socioeconomic status.
We renounce behaviors such as distortion of God's Word, deception, falsehood, drunkenness, stealing, and sexual immorality such as premarital intercourse, adultery, and homosexual behavior.
We believe where conflict or sin occurs in the community at Continental Theological Seminary, a biblical process such as stated in Matthew 18:15-20 should be followed to seek correction, forgiveness, restitution, and reconciliation.
We seek to practice an attitude of mutual submission according to the mind of Christ, recognizing that at times our personal rights and preferences must be put aside for the sake of others' conscience and the good of the community.
We seek to encourage the cultivation of such spiritual attitudes as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.