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counterfeit ones. This commitment views everything in life as an opportunity to glorify the Lord and find

satisfaction in Him. I Corinthians 10:31; John 4:21-24; Deuteronomy 6:5; I Thessalonians 1:9-10.

Posture of Repentance.

Though our hearts are transformed at the moment of regeneration, the believer

continues to grow in godliness through the process of progressive sanctification. The sanctification process

includes a posture of repentance—turning away from sinful desires and actions and refocusing our affections

on the one true God. The fruit of sanctification is seen in visible acts of obedience that flow from a heart that

loves the Lord. II Corinthians 7:9-11; Psalm 51; I John 1:9-2:6; I Peter 1:22

Continuum of Love.

There is a direct connection between a heart of love and the distinctive Christian life.

Love is the greatest commandment and the foundational heart motivation by which believers can comprehend

and experience all that is revealed in Scripture. I Corinthians 13:1-3; Matthew 22:34-40; I John 4:7-21; John

13:34-35

SANCTIFYING RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships are the context by which a distinctively biblical life is cultivated and experienced. We reject hyper

individualism and promote a sanctified pursuit of friendships that are committed to mortifying sin while seeking

personal holiness in everyday life. The interrelated biblical principles that define the Distinctive of Sanctifying

Relationships are as follows:

Belonging Together.

A distinctive Christian life is not lived in independent isolation. The people of God are

characterized by their relational interconnectedness in spirit and life. Comprehensive student development that

is distinctively biblical occurs within the context of relationships committed to experiencing the realities of the

Christian life to the glory of God. I Corinthians 12:12-31; Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 2:14-21; Romans 12:1-

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Interpersonal Discipleship.

The purpose of relationships in a believing community is to encourage one

another towards Christ-likeness by the grace of God and according to His Word. This process of mutual

sanctification occurs by interpersonal pursuit of one another to advance the knowledge of Christ into everyday

life. I Corinthians 11:1; II Timothy 2:2; Titus 2:1-10; I Thessalonians 5:14

Confrontation-Restoration.

Relationships focused on progressing in Christ-likeness includes the exhortation

to mortify sinful dispositions and actions. The journey of confrontation of sin, repentance, and restoration

cannot be excluded from the process of spiritual development in a believing community. Matthew 18:15-20;

Galatians 6:1-5; Colossians 3:16-17; Ephesians 4:15-16

GOSPEL WITNESS

A distinctively biblical life has the primary purpose of reflecting and magnifying the redemptive work of Christ to the

world. It is the responsibility of every believer to steward the truth of the Gospel in both word and deed. This

commitment postures every student to proclaim the Truth to their generation within the context of God’s unfolding

plan of redemption. The interrelated biblical principles that define the Distinctive of Gospel Witness are as follows:

Servanthood.

A distinctive Christian life moves sanctifying relationships beyond a right understanding of the

gospel to good works of righteousness. A life committed to servanthood gives witness to the world the

implications of the gospel in action. Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 20:26-28; John 13:14-16; Ephesians 4:11-12

Local Church.

The church stands as the institution that the Lord has assigned to advance and give witness to

the glories of the Gospel. The local church is the regional manifestation of the people of God and is to be

cultivated and protected. Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; I Timothy 3:14-15; II Corinthians 5:17-21;

Romans 16: 25-27

Global Mission.

The Master's University promotes a comprehensive biblical worldview development in a

believing community to advance the greater global community of faith as an exemplary light of redemption by

which Christ would call sinful man to repentance. The mission of God is to call individuals from every tribe,

tongue, and nation and we desire to promote that plan. Genesis 12:1-3; Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 5:13-16