Statement of Faith
1. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbal, plenary inspired Word of God (Matt. 5:18; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). We hold the Bible to be inerrant in the original writings, infallible, God-breathed, and the complete and final authority for faith and practice (2 Peter 1: 20-21).
2. We believe that the Scriptures, interpreted in their normal, literal sense, reveal divinely distinguishable economies in the outworking of God's purposes. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purposes. Three of these - the age of Law, the age of the church, and the age of the millennial kingdom - are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (Gen. 12:1-3; John 1:17; 2 Cor. 2:9-17;
Gal. 3:13-25; Eph.1:10; Col.1:24-25; Heb.7: 19; Rev. 20:2-6).
We believe in one Triune God (Deut. 6:4), Creator of all (Col. 1:16), eternally existing in three distinct persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2Cor. 13:14) - yet one in being, essence, power, and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (John 10:30).
The Person and Work of Christ
1. We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is very God, the express image of the Father, who, without ceasing to be God, became man in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (Matt.1: 21; John 1:18; Col.1:15).
2. We believe that God the Son became incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ; that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23); that He is truly God and truly man; that He lived a perfect, sinless life; that all His teachings and utterances are true.
3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind (I John 2:2) as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice (Isa. 53:5-6).
4. We hold that His death is efficacious for all who believe (John 1:12; Acts 16:31); that our justification is grounded in the shedding of His blood (Rom. 5:9); and that it is attested by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Matt. 28:6; 1 Peter 1: 3).
5. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven in His glorified body (Acts 1: 9-10) and is now seated at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
1. We believe in the deity (Acts 5:3-4) and the personality of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11).
2. He regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5) and indwells believers (Rom. 8:9). He is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body (1 Cor. 12:12-14).
3. He is the seal by whom the Father seals believers unto the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13-14).
4. He is the Divine Teacher who illumines believers' hearts and minds as they study the Holy Scriptures (Rom. 12:2; 1 Cor. 2:9-12).
5. We believe it is the duty and privilege of all the saved to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. This filling is commanded (Eph. 5:18). Conditions for being filled are yieldedness to the Spirit's control and a dependent life (Gal. 5:16). The results of filling are victory over sin, Christ like character, worship, submissiveness, and service (Gal. 5:22-23).
6. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives gifts to each member of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:11). The Son of God in His sovereignty assigns the place of the ministry of the gifts in the body, and the Father provides the energy in the outworking of the gifts (1Cor. 12:4-6). Each believer is to exercise his spiritual gift(s) for the common good to the building up of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:7-12).
7. We believe that God gives spiritual enabling gifts for service to all believers (Rom. 12:6-8; I Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:11-16). We believe that the apostolic age of signs and the gifts of healing and tongues ceased with ministry of the apostles chosen personally by Christ. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or the filling of the Spirit. The gifts, which remain, are sufficient for the ministry and the perfecting of the Church today. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, according to His will for the sick and the afflicted
Angels, Good and Evil
1. We believe in the reality and personality of angels.
2. We believe that God created an innumerable company of these sinless, spiritual beings who were to be His messengers (Neh. 9:6; Ps. 148:2; Heb. 1:14).
3. We believe in the personality of Satan. He is a fallen angel who led a great company of angels into rebellion against God (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:12-15). He is the great enemy of God and man, and his angels are his agents in the prosecution of his unholy purposes. He shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20: 10).
We believe that man came into being by direct creation of God and that man is made in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1: 26-27).
1.We believe that the human race sinned in Adam (Rom. 5:12), that sin is universal in man (Rom. 3:23), and that it is exceedingly heinous to God.
2. We believe that man inherited a sinful nature, that he became alienated from God, that he became totally depraved, and that, of himself, he is utterly unable to remedy his lost estate (Eph. 2:1-
3. We believe that all men are guilty and in a lost condition apart from Christ.
1. We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross (Eph. 2:8-9). Christ shed His blood to accomplish justification through faith, propitiation to God, redemption from sin, and reconciliation of man. "Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8-9) and "bore our sins in His own body on the tree" (1 Peter 2:24).
2. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1,38-39; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24).
3. We believe that it is the privilege of all who are born again to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word (Rom 8:16; 1 John 5:13).
4. We also believe that Christian liberty should never serve as an occasion to the flesh (Gal. 5:13).
5. We believe that the Scriptures disclose several aspects of sanctification. In addition to God's work of bringing a sinner to Christ, the sinner is set apart to God. This is positional sanctification and refers to his standing. He then undergoes a process whereby the Holy Spirit quickens his affections, desires, and attitudes, enabling him to respond in faith to live a life of victory over sin. This is progressive sanctification and refers to his state (2 Cor. 3:18; 7:1; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:20-32; 5:25- 27; Col 3:10). Someday his standing and his state will be brought into perfect accord. This is prospective, or ultimate, sanctification (1 Thess. 5:23; 1 John 3:2).
1. We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, began at Pentecost and is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age (1 Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27).
2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17; 1 Tim. 3:1-13).
3. We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7,13; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
4. We believe in the ordinances of believer's water baptism by immersion as a testimony and the Lord's Supper as a remembrance in this age of Christ's death for the Church (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).
5. We believe that the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that separation from religious apostasy, sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded by God (Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11).
6. We believe in the Great Commission as the primary mission of the Church. It is the obligation of the saved to witness, by word and life, to the truths of Holy Scripture. The gospel of the grace of God is to be preached to all the world (Matt. 28: 19-20; Acts 1:8; 2Cor. 5:19-20). Converts are to be taught to obey the Lord and to testify concerning their faith in Christ as Savior in water baptism and to honor Christ by holy living and observance of the Lord's Supper (Matt. 28: 19; 1 Cor. 11:23-29).
Things to Come
1. We believe in the “blessed hope” (Titus 2: 13), the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and premillennial coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His saints and receive His Church unto Himself (1 Thess. 4: 13-18).
2. We believe in the subsequent, visible return of Christ to the earth with His saints to establish His promised millennial kingdom (Zech. 14:4-11; 1 Thess. 1:10; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6).
3. We believe in the physical resurrection of all men - the saints to everlasting joy and bliss, and the wicked to conscious and eternal torment (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13).
4. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6).
5. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev 20:11-15).
Expanded Statement Regarding Religious Freedom, Human Sexuality, and Gender
The biblical and philosophical goal of Brookes Bible College is to develop students into mature, Christ-like individuals. Of necessity, this involves Brookes’ understanding and belief of what qualities or characteristics exemplify a Christlike life (Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18).
1.We believe the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God. Therefore, everything we say and do must be under the guidance and authority of the Scriptures. Our integrity depends on consistent application of our commonly understood biblical truths (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Ps. 19:7-11; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
2.We believe that the Bible teaches that God created humanity with two genders- male and female (Gen 1:26-28) and that God ordains a person’s particular sex at conception (Lev. 18:1–30; Deut. 22:5; Matt. 5:8; Rom. 1:26–29; 1 Cor. 5:1, 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1–8). We believe that sexual attraction to a person of the same gender is sinful and unnatural (Rom. 1:26-27). Moreover, we believe any attempt to change one’s sex or disagreement with one’s biological sex is sinful and offensive to God.
3.We believe that both genders, male and female, are equally human, equally bearers of God’s image, equally valued by God, and that both genders are able to share equally in the blessings of salvation in Christ. Nevertheless, the Bible teaches that that some governing and teaching roles within the church are restricted to men (Gal. 3:28; 1 Cor. 11:2-16; 1 Tim. 2:11-15). Therefore, while men and women are both welcome to become students at Brookes, we do not train women to serve as pastors/elders or teachers of men in local churches. We do believe that many avenues of ministry in the local church are open to women (Acts 9:36; Romans 16:1-3; Titus 2:3-5).
4.We uphold the sanctity of marriage as a God-ordained, special union between a man and a woman, where sexual relations are both honored and affirmed by God (Gen. 1:27-28, 2:24-25). We believe that marriage is always a public, formal, and officially recognized covenant between a man and a woman, and that co-habitation is not equivalent to, marriage (John 4:18). The Bible teaches that all sexual unions outside of marriage, as thus defined, are sinful (Heb. 13:4). When dealing with sexual sins, we have no alternative but to follow the teachings of Scripture, as we understand them, and consistently apply those teachings to both heterosexual and homosexual situations (Prov. 6:29; Eph. 4:17-24).
5.We understand the Bible to teach that we must oppose sexual sin while demonstrating compassion for those who fall victim to it, distinguishing between the value and identity of each person as an individual, and the behavioral choices which some individuals may make (Gal. 5:19-25; 1 Cor. 7:1-3). We believe that the faithful proclamation of the Scripture, including the call to repentance, does not constitute hate speech, or hateful and harassing behavior, but is instead a fundamental part of our loving response to those involved in sin (Matt. 28:16–20; 2 Cor. 5:11–20; 1 Tim. 1:5; 2 Tim. 4:1–2). We understand the Bible to differentiate between recognition of personhood and rejection of those actions which it defines as immoral, while simultaneously extending forgiveness and healing to all who respond in believing faith to its universal offer of God’s grace (John 8:3-11; Luke 15:10).
All students and faculty are expected to exhibit the Christlike qualities taught by Scripture and to refrain from activities or behavior that is contrary to those teachings. Therefore, Brookes retains the right to refuse enrollment to or to expel any student or dismiss any faculty member who engages in sexual immorality, including any student or faculty member who professes to be homosexual/bisexual or who is practicing any form of sexual immorality, as well as any student or faculty member who condones, supports, or otherwise promotes such practices (Lev. 18:22; Rom. 1:24-32; 1 Cor. 6:9-20; 1 Tim. 1:9-11).
The Bible is the heart and core of every educational program at Brookes Bible College. Theologically, Brookes Bible College can be described as fundamental, premillennial, and dispensational.
It is our conviction that the Bible teaches both personal separation unto God from worldliness, whether in personal actions, attitudes, or thoughts, and ecclesiastical separation from non-religious organizations and programs which do not adhere to solid biblical doctrine.
Evangelism and Missions
We believe that the Great Commission defines the primary mission of the Church. Brookes seeks to incorporate the spirit of evangelism and discipleship into the whole Brookes Bible College family, whether in the classroom, in chapel or in extracurricular activities and projects.
A Friend of Bible-Believing Churches
Brookes stands with all who love Christ and preach His Word. The attitude throughout the school is nonsectarian. We are unreservedly loyal to all Bible-believing churches faithful to Christ and the Bible. Brookes maintains a good relationship with independent and denominational churches and individuals that uncompromisingly hold the historic fundamentals of the faith.
Institutional Position on the Tongues Movement
Brookes Bible College does not foster, teach, or provide a receptive or supportive atmosphere for the “tongues" movement. If a prospective student who believes that the gift of tongues is for today desires to enter Brookes and is willing to study with an open mind, he is welcome. However, he is prohibited from practicing or propagating his belief concerning tongues on the premises of Brookes Bible College or among Brookes’ students.
Nurturing Character and Truth
We are persuaded that the Scriptures teach that what we are is as important as what we know. Ephesians 4:15 clearly states that we are to speak the truth (doctrine) in love (Christ-like character). We teach our students that it is essential to have both sound doctrine and Christ-like character.
Young Earth Creation
We believe God created the physical universe in six (6) literal days (twenty-four hour periods), thousands and not billions of years ago (Gen.1:1). Without using any scientific means of biological or chemical evolution, God spoke the world into existence (Gen. 1:3) out of nothing.
Each year, every faculty member and trustee must affirm his wholehearted acceptance of the Brookes Bible College Statement of Faith. Each entering student should understand that every course is taught only by those who are in full agreement with Brookes’ Statement of Faith.