What We Believe
Our heritage is not only where we’ve come from—it’s integral to who we are today and who we will become tomorrow.
Lipscomb University’s rich foundation is rooted in Christianity, and throughout its history, it has maintained a close association to the Churches of Christ. As a faith-based liberal arts institution, Lipscomb seeks to serve both the broader Christian community and this particular heritage.
The following guiding principles have manifested throughout the history of the Churches of Christ, and we at Lipscomb affirm these strengths in our pursuit of God’s will for our lives and our university.
- An Ongoing Search for Truth
We can never fully grasp the truth of God. Each generation must not rely only on the doctrines passed down from previous generations, but must search the Scriptures for itself to unveil the hidden truths of the Lord. This commitment is central to the mission of a university.
- A Commitment to the Unity of Christians
In their modern beginnings, the Churches of Christ focused on bringing divided believers together by setting aside denominational creeds and focusing on the centrality of Christ. The goal was not a new denomination but the union of believers everywhere under Christ’s authority. Though they themselves experienced numerous divisions, Churches of Christ have strong instincts toward unity embedded in their heritage. In a time when denominationalism is receding, we seek to draw upon this heritage to serve and bless a broad range of students.
- The Centrality and Authority of the God-Inspired Scriptures
Our Christian heritage has taught us to pursue and encourage the study of the Bible, and this remains a central part of Lipscomb’s curriculum.
- A High View of the Church and A Commitment to Its Life and Ministry
The church is the central means by which God carries out God’s mission in the world. Because of this, Lipscomb values the mission and ministry of the congregation as a high priority.
- A High View of God’s Work in the Church
We especially value God’s work in the Church made manifest through baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and the gathering of God’s people for worship. We affirm that God has incorporated us into the body of Christ through baptism and is present among us when we assemble to worship in Spirit and in truth through praying, congregational singing, hearing the Word of God, sharing our resources, and eating and drinking together with Jesus at the table of the Lord.
- A Strong Commitment to the Priesthood of All Believers
Every baptized believer is viewed as a minister and expected to participate in the life, worship and ministry of the congregation. Prayer is central to all who take this priesthood seriously.
Confession of Faith
The following statement has been prepared and approved by Lipscomb University’s Board of Trustees.
We believe in God the Father,
who created the heavens and the earth,
making all human beings as divine image bearers.
We violated the image of God in others and ourselves,
and abandoned our role in the creation.
In response, God chose Israel as a blessing and light to all peoples,
in order to renew the creation.
We believe in God the Son, Jesus the Messiah, who is fully human and fully God,
who, baptized in water and anointed with the Spirit, proclaimed the reign of God:
preaching good news to the poor and brokenhearted
announcing forgiveness by calling all to repent and believe the good news, and
commissioning his followers to make disciples,
baptizing them into the communion of the Father, Son, and Spirit
and teaching them to embrace this new way of life.
Jesus was crucified, giving his life for the sin of the world.
God raised Jesus from the dead,
breaking the power of sin and evil,
delivering us from death to eternal life,
and inaugurating new creation.
God enthroned Jesus as the Lord of creation.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, the giver and renewer of life,
whom the Father, through the Son, poured out upon us,
enabling us to love God and neighbor, and
binding us together with all believers in the church, the Body of Christ,
and together we give thanks at the table of the Lord.
The Spirit spoke through the prophets and apostles,
and inspired Scripture to equip us for every good work.
The Spirit empowers us
to witness to Christ as Lord and Savior, and
to work for justice and peace
as we seek to live holy and joyful lives.
We believe in the resurrection of the dead,
wait for God’s new heaven and new earth,
and pray, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
Approved February 3, 2018 by the Lipscomb University Board of Trustees