Christian Heritage and Context
Undergirding the mission and purpose of Bluefield College is a heritage of Christian belief that forms the context and worldview of all aspects of the life of the College. Since its founding in 1922, Bluefield College has been in covenant with the Baptist General Association of Virginia. The Baptist heritage shares many common commitments with the heritage of all Christian believers and some commitments distinctive to the Baptist tradition.
Christians have traditionally affirmed:
The one God who is made known to us through the Bible as the trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is the Creator, Governor, and Savior of the universe. God is the ultimate source of all truth, beauty, and moral value.
Humans- All persons are created in the image of God as valuable and responsible beings.
All persons are in need of God’s redemption and reconciliation with God and others.
Christ fully embodies and reveals the full nature of God and reconciles humans to God through the atonement of the cross and resurrection.
God’s unmerited grace is offered through Christ for forgiveness of sin and full and eternal salvation with God.
All persons must believe in the person and work of Christ to receive God’s gift of salvation.
The Holy Spirit
The Spirit of God indwells believers and empowers them to understand and apply the biblical revelation to love and serve God by worship, witness, and acts of caring that meet human needs.
Christian hope, joy, and service are sustained by faith in the promise of Christ’s return and the consummation of God’s plan of redemption.
Baptists have traditionally affirmed:
Liberty of Conscience
The nature of faith itself demands that no person can coerce another person in matters of conscience. Entrance into Christian faith must be by a free decision of faith by one that comprehends the gospel and is able to respond personally to Christ.
As the unique revelation of God’s nature and will, the Bible, as inspired by the Spirit of God, is the source of authentic and authoritative religious knowledge and cannot be subordinated to ecclesiastical authorities or creeds.
Separation of church and state
Liberty of conscience demands that the state cannot force any religious ideology on its citizens.
Christians should share the message of Christ with all people so they may respond.
The capacity of the conscience to respond to God’s message implies the ability to seek, to examine, and to understand the knowledge of God and the world.