Jessup Students Thriving Spiritually
College is a time when your faith should be built up not torn down. Jessup has made a commitment to focus on Jesus, His Word and His work in the world. The work of Jesus transforms us. Romans 12:1-2 tells us that transformation happens when we present ourselves to God as an act of worship and it occurs through the renewing of our minds by the power of His Spirit. I believe transformation looks like this:
- We are men and women who are passionately in love with Jesus. We are devoted to Him more than any tradition, denomination or tribe. We are His, and He is Lord of our lives.
- We are deeply committed to Biblical Authority. Jesus is the Word incarnate; Scripture is the Word given by inspiration of God for us (2 Timothy 3:16). We recognize that some believers disagree when it comes to matters of interpretation, but the core of the faith is unquestioned. We believe in absolute truth and proclaim it boldly.
- We are in partnership with the Church. We recognize that the Church is the Bride of Christ and because of that we are unashamedly pro-church. We also recognize the local church – made up of people like us – is fundamentally flawed. Therefore, we live in humility and grace with one another. Through a local body of believers we can love, grow, serve, and manifest the life of Christ in our local communities.
- We are committed to transformation, to leadership, and to Biblical justice. As such, we recognize that there is a constant call for us to be servant leaders and learners in our covenant community. We are committed to serving one another and our world in a way that models Christ-like behavior for the world around us.
The heart of God is redemptive. Therefore, we live and work as redemptive people. We are always looking to share the life-giving message of hope in Christ and are consistently seeking to walk as Jesus did, full of grace and truth. We think the order of those words, “grace and truth” is significant. While the value of truth is not diminishing among us, we continue to lead with grace. We are seeking to point people to Jesus – not to us.
We are fortunate to be part of a heritage that affirms the Word of God and the power of His Spirit. The Restoration Movement, the founding of San Jose Bible College in 1939, the move to Rocklin in 2004 and our present experience all manifest the working of God in our midst. It is my prayer that we will all Thrive Spiritually as we continue to walk humbly and faithfully with our God.