Grace Theological College and Seminary
P.O. Box 175
Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada E1V 3M3
Grace Theological College and Seminary is founded on the following doctrines. We believe:
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament have their authority from God alone, and are given to us by divine inspiration. They are the only perfect, supreme, infallible and sufficient standard of faith and practice.
God – There is one true and living God; He is an infinite Spirit; self-existent, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, good, wise, just and merciful. He is the creator, preserver, and sovereign of the universe; He is in-expressively glorious in holiness and worthy of all honour, confidence and love. In the Godhead there are three persons in one: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are equal in every divine perfection, and who execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the person of the trinity who, by virtue of His sacrificial work, is the world’s redeemer and the Savior of all who believe. He is at present the intercessor of all His people at the right hand of the Father, and is to be the judge of all men.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity, by whom all saving, comforting and sanctifying power is exerted upon human hearts.
State and Fall of man – Man was created sinless. By his own disobedience he fell into sin. Through his fall into sin, an evil nature was transmitted to the whole race, revealing itself in actual transgression, and bringing all under the reign of condemnation and death.
Atonement – The perfect life, vicarious death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, have removed the obstacles in the way of the Holy Spirit’s regenerating power and of the Father’s forgiving grace being extended to the sinner, and constitute for every believing soul on an all prevailing plea and sufficient ground for righteousness before God.
Regeneration – In regeneration a new life principle is begotten in the soul of man by the Holy Spirit through the word of truth, producing a disposition to joyful obedience to Christ and to holy conduct in life.
Repentance – In repentance the sinner, having seen his sin, being moved by the energy of the Holy Spirit, is led to grieve and hate it as an offense against God, and apprehending the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, he lovingly returns to God to walk in the way of His commandments.
Faith – Faith is a conviction of the intellect that God will perform all that He has promised and an implicit trust of the heart in Christ as personal Saviour. It includes a hearty concurrence of the will and affections with the whole plan of salvation as revealed in the gospel, and is a condition of justification and of cleansing from the pollutions of sin and of all subsequent gospel blessings.
Justification -Justification is an act of God wherein He accepts as righteous the sinner, to whom is imputed the perfect righteousness of Christ, on the condition of faith alone.
Sanctification – The Scriptures teach that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, Christians are made partakers of His holiness; that it has its beginning in regeneration, and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, in the continual use of appointed means: the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.
The Christian Sabbath – We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s day or Christian Sabbath and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes by abstaining from all secular labour and sinful recreations, by devout observance of all means of grace, both private and public, and by preparation of that rest that remaineth for the people of God.
A Gospel Church – We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word. In the more general sense, the word church is used to designate all whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The only scriptural officers are bishops (pastors), and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the epistles of Timothy and Titus.
Baptism – This is the immersion of believers in water unto the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in which are represented their death to the world, the washing of their souls from the pollution of sin, their resurrection to newness of life, the burial and resurrection of Christ, their resurrection at the last day, and their engagement to serve God.
The Lord’s Supper – The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Christ, to be observed by the churches in the manner indicated by Him in Matthew 26:26-30.
Death – At death our bodies return to dust, our souls to God who gave them. The righteous being then perfected in happiness are received to dwell with God, awaiting full redemption of their bodies. The wicked are cast into Hades reserved unto the judgment of the great day.
Resurrection – There will be a general resurrection of the bodies of the just and of the unjust; the righteous in the likeness of Christ, but the wicked to shame and everlasting contempt.
Grace Theological College and Seminary was founded for the purpose of providing a quality education in a Christian atmosphere. The college and seminary endeavour to provide sound learning experiences so the student can obtain the knowledge, skill and understanding required for success in their professional field. The objectives and purposes of this institution further stated are:
To provide courses of instruction in a Christian atmosphere, through regularly scheduled workshops, and a quality non-resident program using qualified faculty mentors, by which persons of both sexes and diverse backgrounds may be taught in such branches of useful and practical knowledge as shall fit them for professions requiring applied knowledge in ministry, theology, education and other branches of knowledge.
To train Christian workers for Christian service through a Christ-centered program of traditional Judeo-Christian education.
To properly train individuals for specific Christian service, both full and part time.
To offer and grant degrees which are approved by the Board of Trustees, upon the completion of a program of rigorous, required courses; to facilitate instruction and conduct examinations in theology and other branches of religious education, in order to carry out the purposes of these educational goals.
To provide social, academic, spiritual and psychological guidance and counselling in a Christian perspective.
The mission of Grace Theological College and Seminary is to provide rigorous, high quality academic study for experienced professionals. It builds upon professional and personal competence and seeks to enhance that competence through scholarly inquiry and constantly improving ministerial and professional practice.
In this time of continuing education with its positive emphasis on continuing development, it is necessary to continue personal and professional growth to serve more effectively in an educated society and global community. Our commitment is to provide meaningful lifetime learning.
In order to meet those needs Grace Theological College and Seminary seeks to:
- Create alternative post-secondary, graduate level opportunities for Christian professionals, evangelists, missionaries, counselors and pastors.
- Offer non-resident studies comparable to resident programs through the supervision of qualified tutors, mentors and faculty members.
- Enable experienced, mid-career, self-motivated pastors and other professionals to earn their degrees (undergraduate and graduate) without leaving their present careers, families and churches.
- Enhance professional competency by providing relevant, practical, advanced learning opportunities and the application of biblical and theological principles in the Judeo-Christian tradition.
- To integrate and build upon the experience available to the adult student who serves in a local pastoral assignment or other profession as a competent, practicing professional.
The philosophy of Grace Theological College and Seminary is rooted in the Bible,, which is the standard that under girds the curriculum of this institution. Grace believes that the knowledge of the Word of God must be paramount in the education process for Christian workers. All students are encouraged to study to show themselves approved unto God, in accordance with II Timothy 2:15 to read the Word of God, in accordance with I Timothy 4:13; and to share the Word of God, as demonstrated in Acts 8:26-35.
Grace is cognizant of the high cost of education. Every effort has been made to keep tuition at a minimum so as to offer a college and seminary education to as many as possible. The traditional classroom approach to teaching is expensive, and the difficulties so many have in affording and attending regular college classes abound. While Grace offers high quality non-traditional education in order to keep costs to a minimum. This program was designed for those in the Christian community who find the on-campus approach impractical and not affordable.
Grace recognizes that God is the source of all knowledge. Therefore, all of Grace’s educational and research programs are Christ centered and reflect Biblical principles and non-humanistic interpretations. Grace recognizes the Holy Spirit as the ultimate teacher and the Bible as the supreme authority. A love for God’s Word and a thorough knowledge of it are prerequisites for any effective ministry.
Grace offers equal opportunities to all qualified students who desire to receive training for service to the Church and the community without regard to race, color, handicap, sex, age or national or ethnic origin.