Brisbane School of Theology (BST) is a community of Christians who differ in experience, church and denominational association, ministry goals, academic ability, ethnic background and age. This diversity occurs within a context of unity because of a common allegiance to Jesus Christ, a desire by all to fulfil God's will in the church and world, and a shared commitment to the truths of the authoritative Word of God, the Bible.
Beliefs foundational to the Christian faith are taught with conviction at BST and unity is expected in relation to them. There are however, a number of issues which are secondary or peripheral, and many Christians have different views in regard to them, being matters of interpretation. The College grants faculty, staff and students the freedom to hold their own convictions in relation to such issues, in a context of unity and mutual respect.
The college seeks to uphold the following foundational beliefs:
[GOD] God is the creator and sustainer of all things.
[JESUS] Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is fully God and fully human, in one person. He lived a sinless life, died in the place of sinful human beings and experienced bodily resurrection before ascending visibly to heaven.
[THE HOLY SPIRIT] The Holy Spirit lives within all Christians and empowers us to grow spiritually and serve God in the world.
[THE TRINITY] There is one God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who share together equally and eternally in the one being of God.
[THE BIBLE] The Scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments in their entirety, are the inspired and infallible written Word of God and have been given by God to the church as the final authority for what to believe and how to live.
[THE CHURCH] The church is the people of God, made up of all who are joined to Jesus Christ through faith regardless of ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status or denominational association.
[HUMANITY] All humans are sinners, disobedient to God, and have a broken relationship with Him until given new life by the Holy Spirit.
[SALVATION] The only way for men and women to be in a restored relationship with God is through faith in Jesus Christ who, through his sacrificial death, has done all that is necessary for God to forgive our sins.
[RESURRECTION] Jesus Christ will return personally at the end of the age when there will be a bodily resurrection of all people, followed by judgement leading to eternal life or eternal separation from God.