Statement of Faith
Statement of Faith
Under God, and subject to
biblical authority, the faculty, managers/administrators, and trustees
of Fuller Theological Seminary bear concerted witness to the following
articles, to which they subscribe, which they hold to be essential to
their ministry, and which are the foundation upon which the seminary is
I. God has revealed himself to be the
living and true God, perfect in love and righteous in all his ways; one
in essence, existing eternally in the three persons of the Trinity:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
II. God, who
discloses himself through his creation, has savingly spoken in the words
and events of redemptive history. This history is fulfilled in Jesus
Christ, the incarnate Word, who is made known to us by the Holy Spirit
in sacred Scripture.
III. Scripture is an
essential part and trustworthy record of this divine self-disclosure.
All the books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine
inspiration, are the written word of God, the only infallible rule of
faith and practice. They are to be interpreted according to their
context and purpose and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks
through them in living power.
IV. God, by his
word and for his glory, freely created the world of nothing. He made man
and woman in his own image, as the crown of creation, that they might
have fellowship with him. Tempted by Satan, they rebelled against God.
Being estranged from their Maker, yet responsible to him, they became
subject to divine wrath, inwardly depraved, and, apart from grace,
incapable of returning to God.
V. The only
Mediator between God and humankind is Christ Jesus our Lord, God's
eternal Son, who, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the
Virgin Mary, fully shared and fulfilled our humanity in a life of
perfect obedience. By his death in our stead, he revealed the divine
love and upheld divine justice, removing our guilt and reconciling us to
God. Having redeemed us from sin, the third day he rose bodily from the
grave, victorious over death and the powers of darkness. He ascended
into heaven where, at Godís right hand, he intercedes for his people and
rules as Lord over all.
VI. The Holy Spirit,
through the proclamation of the gospel, renews our hearts, persuading us
to repent of our sins and confess Jesus as Lord. By the same Spirit we
are led to trust in divine mercy, whereby we are forgiven all our sins,
justified by faith alone through the merit of Christ our Savior and
granted the free gift of eternal life.
graciously adopts us into his family and enables us to call him Father.
As we are led by the Spirit, we grow in the knowledge of the Lord,
freely keeping his commandments and endeavoring so to live in the world
that all may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven.
God, by his Word and Spirit, creates the one holy catholic and
apostolic Church, calling sinners out of the whole human race into the
fellowship of Christ's body. By the same Word and Spirit, he guides and
preserves for eternity that new, redeemed humanity, which, being formed
in every culture, is spiritually one with the people of God in all ages.
The Church is summoned by Christ to offer acceptable worship to God and
to serve him by preaching the gospel and making disciples of all
nations, by tending the flock through the ministry of the word and
sacraments and through daily pastoral care, by striving for social
justice and by relieving human distress and need.
God's redemptive purpose will be consummated by the return of Christ to
raise the dead, to judge all people according to the deeds done in the
body and to establish his glorious kingdom. The wicked shall be
separated from God's presence, but the righteous, in glorious bodies,
shall live and reign with him forever. Then shall the eager expectation
of creation be fulfilled and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of
God who makes all things new.