Faith Commitments of ACTS
Statement of Faith
ACTS Seminaries is wholeheartedly committed to historic orthodox Christianity as expressed by the Statements of Faith of the Evangelical Free Church of Canada and Trinity Western University, the Baptist General Conference, the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of B.C., the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.
Basis of Agreement
The seminaries of the consortium share the following seven distinctive theological characteristics of Believers' Church theology as core principles, underlying and maximizing cooperation within the consortium.
- Belief in a regenerate church membership. Local churches are to be composed only of people who have personally experienced the miracle of the new birth in their lives, people in whom the Spirit of God dwells, and through whom He gives the church leadership and direction.
- Belief in local church autonomy. Each local church is to be a microcosm of the Kingdom of God and under the Lordship of Christ has the right to govern its own affairs and discipline its members. But concomitantly, it should enter voluntarily into interdependent relationships and responsibilities, especially for the fulfilling of the Great Commission. The local church should function separately from the state.
- Belief that water baptism is of believers only and therefore that both baptism and the Lord's supper are not to be regarded as a means of salvation.
- Belief that the churches' mission, evangelism and witness are essentially for the 'calling out' of lost people from the kingdom of the evil one into the Kingdom of Christ through personal repentance and faith.
- Belief in a high view of Scripture. Whatever terms are used, whether 'infallible' as in the 16th century or 'verbal' and 'plenary' as in the 19th century, or 'inerrant' now, what has been meant has always been exactly the same, the Holy Scriptures alone are fully authoritative and fully trustworthy as the very Word of God written.
- Belief that as reborn children of God, Christians should exhibit godliness in life and conduct. The new birth is necessarily evidenced by holiness and separation from evil.
- Belief that leadership in the local church is the product of 'gifting' by the Holy Spirit, godly maturity, and recognition by the local body of believers.
- To enrich the personal and spiritual life of every student in preparation for ministry by deepening his/her experiential devotion to and knowledge of God, submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and dependence on the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit.
- To uphold the Bible as originally written, as the inerrant Word of God, and to produce a graduate thoroughly knowledgeable in the Word, and competent in understanding, expounding, applying and communicating it.
- To produce leaders who uphold with conviction their denomination's Believers' Church distinctives, as the basis for church planting, church growth, evangelism and discipleship.
- To prepare graduates able to address competently the Canadian mosaic in terms of penetrating it with the gospel.
- To produce pastors, missionaries, church planters, evangelists, counsellors and other vocational church leaders, who will have a vital vision for worldwide ministry and to produce a Biblical understanding of the dynamics, range, and development of church leadership.
- To place special emphasis in the student's educational experience on the application of theory in ministry situations.
- To encourage thinking, writing and speaking skills and significant contribution to Biblically Christian scholarship.
- To prepare Christian leaders to use people helping and communication skills to develop ministry, and to manage the organization needed to support such ministries.