This Statement of Faith expresses the purposes and specific objectives of OTS. Academic and co-curricular programs at OTS are planned and carried out in the hope that all members of the seminary community will:


  • Affirm the communion of the Triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit


  • Earnestly consider the claims of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.


  • Appreciate that all truth is from God and that Jesus Christ is acknowledged as the Lord of the intellect.


  • Cultivate intelligent, vigorous, and joyful commitment to Jesus Christ, His church, and His world.
  • Display knowledge of sound biblical teaching and their application to life situations.


  • Develop a Christian world-view.


  • Be committed to excellence of their academic work and to life-long learning.


  • Be aware of their own worth and potential.


  • Be aware of their historical and theological heritage.


  • Be prepared to live in an interdependent world, aware of global issues and local situations, and dedicated to bring God’s justice and peace to all individuals and societies.


  • Take community relationships seriously, seeking to understand and live them in light of biblical and theological commitments.


  • Seek and create an environment in which all community members feel safe to engage in courteous and respectful conversation in the pursuit of truth, as we seek to be formed and reformed by the Scriptures.


  • Embrace the implications of being the “new humanity in Christ” by treating gender, ethnic, racial, and denominational differences with equality (Galatians 3:28).


  • Exercise Christian stewardship of time, possessions and bodies.


  • Be equipped with the communication skills of the gospel which will enable them to participate meaningfully and creatively in churches and in societies.



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