Biblical Philosophy

Why Student Life Exists at The Master’s College

At TMC we believe in the education of the whole student. This takes place inside and outside the classroom. We want to educate the heart as well as the mind. As a complement to the work of the faculty, the Student Life Department exists to facilitate the education of the heart outside of the classroom. We desire to maintain an atmosphere that will be conducive to the development of spiritual maturity and discernment. This occurs in relationships within the dorms, serving in the local church, and ministering the gospel world-wide. Because each student who comes to The Master’s College professes faith in Jesus Christ, we expect students to grow in that faith through the work of the Holy Spirit. We believe that our commitment to five specific distinctives found in God’s Word helps us minister to students as they grow in that relationship. Our philosophy of student life at The Master’s College is based upon these five distinctives:

  • WORSHIP
  • DISCIPLESHIP
  • RESTORATION
  • THE LOCAL CHURCH
  • GLOBAL OUTREACH

Certainly these areas are not exhaustive, but they represent aspects of life which are common to all Christians and should be characteristic of students of the Master. Our commitment to students is to call them to examine the role of these distinctives in their own lives as they live and grow at TMC.

The Distinctives

Worship

Worship can be defined as exalting God in every area of life. The Christian life is constantly lived worshiping God. In Romans 12:1-2 Paul urges Christians to give their bodies to God as a sacrificial act of worship. Therefore we believe that worship cannot be limited to formal services or times of singing, rather it is living every moment for the glory of God. This includes times of ministry, times of service, times of study, and times of relaxation and fun.

This life of worship is only possible through the relationship the believer has with Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul explained that the consuming passion of his life was to further his relationship with the Lord: “Whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:7-8). Christianity is not a sterile religion of externals dictated by devotion to ritual and the observance of behavioral standards. It is principally a love relationship with the living God out of which flows a manner of life pleasing to Him.

In John 4 God reveals that He desires true worshippers, and the only true worship is through Jesus Christ. To worship God truly He must be known truly, and the knowledge of God comes through His Word. We will call students to cultivate their love for Christ and knowledge of Him by spending personal time reading and meditating on His Word. True worship is enabled by the Holy Spirit working through the Word of God.

We believe that every believer will manifest a life of worship. Our student requirements reflect this belief, and therefore we will call each student to grow in his or her love for God, desire to worship Him, and manifestation of that love.

Discipleship

Discipleship is well defined as a relationship with spiritual goals. We can have a tremendous impact on each other. We can shape the lives of those around us in many different ways. Discipleship plays a key role in Christian growth and maturity. Paul said, “Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us” (Philippians 3:17). In 1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul says, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”

The Master’s College provides many discipleship opportunities, which vary from casual friendships to more structured forms of accountability. We encourage students to be a part of the discipleship process. It is a matter of wanting to grow and of being available, teachable, and faithful to another believer.

We believe that every believer will be involved in discipleship. In some cases people will come into a student’s life who are further along in their walk with Christ than that student. Many times that will happen in the context of ministry together in the local church. In other cases, discipleship will occur in the context of a faculty or staff relationship. We encourage upper classmen to personally invest in the lives of new students. In other cases, a student will be the one who initiates a discipleship relationship. As God matures and develops a life into something worthy of reproduction, others will seek to spend time with that person. The time will come for all believers to invest in another person.

Restoration

Restoration is the process of identifying sin in the life of a believer, helping them to see it, and mending the broken relationship between the person in sin and God. Restoration may also include mending broken relationships between people caused by sin. All believers in Christ are in the process of God making them holy (Romans 8:23-25). This means that all believers are still struggling against sin. The question is not will sin be present on our campus, the question is what will we do about it.

God has given us clear instruction on how to deal with sin in the lives of fellow believers. We desire students to live genuine lives of faith. Therefore, we call students to follow God’s plan for restoring believers in sin found in Matthew 18:15-20 and in Galatians 6:1-4. 30

We acknowledge that God is the One who ultimately accomplishes restoration in the heart of an individual through the Holy Spirit. He will use His Word as the tool to show sin (2 Tim 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12-13). God also has placed Christians in proximity to one another to be involved in the conversational ministry of His Word. Galatians 6:1-14 explains what a Christian should do if they see sin in another believer. They are to restore the individual in gentleness, being sure to remain sensitive to sin in their own lives.

We believe that every believer should be involved in the process of restoration, both as one being restored and one restoring others.

Local Church

The Bible teaches that the church is God’s ordained institution, where the gospel of Christ will: build up the body of believers (Eph 4.13-16), be passed down from one generation to another (2 Tim 2.2), result in genuine Christian fellowship (Phil 1.3-7; Heb 10.24ff), manifest purity in church discipline (Matt 18.15-17), be remembered appropriately in the ordinances (Acts 2.38-42), be proclaimed as commissioned by Christ (Matt 28.18-20), glorify God in all generations of believer (Eph 3.21).

The church is God’s present program in the world, universal in essence (1 Cor 12.12-14) and local in manifestation (Acts 14.23, 27; 20.17, 28; Phil 1.1; 1 Thess 1.1; 2 Thess 1.1; 1.4).

God has created each believer’s aptitudes, interests, desires and spiritual gifts to be used in the local church (described in Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, and Ephesians 4:11-13). Each one of us is uniquely designed to serve the body of Christ. As we commit our energy and time to serve one another, we begin to make a unique contribution to the body of Christ and experience a tremendous sense of personal fulfillment.

Recognizing that the local church is the divine means God has provided to advance His kingdom in the present day, The Master’s College is committed to assisting its students to discover, develop, and employ in the local church the spiritual gifts that the Lord has entrusted to them. While the college does not require a church ministry commitment, it strongly encourages every student to participate in an active ministry of their local church. As Ephesians 4 says, God gave gifted men in special offices of leadership to the body of Christ “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (vv. 11-12).

We believe that each believer is called to be active in attending and ministering at a local church. As a person grows in their relationship with the Lord and gains exposure to local church ministry opportunities, God will prompt their heart and give them the desire to use their abilities to help others. We encourage students to commit to a local church and to follow that desire as it will lead to an exciting, fulfilling and challenging ministry.

Global Outreach

God gave a promise to Adam and Eve as He ejected them from the garden. He promised that a Savior would redeem the human race (Genesis 3:15). Although the entire implication of this promise was not clear to them at the time, the Lord has progressively unveiled His plan to redeem fallen humanity.

In Genesis 12, the Lord called out Abraham as the father of the nation Israel. As the people of God, the nation functioned as a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:5-6). The psalmist understands that God blessed Israel so that they might be a blessing to the nations: “God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us-that Thy way may be known on the earth, Thy salvation among the nations” (Psalm 67). Now, God calls believers in the church “a people for God’s own possession that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Two realities are clear in scripture. First, God desires people from every nation to worship Him (Revelation 7:9). Second, God has appointed believers as proclaimers of salvation to the nations (Matthew 28:18-20). Thus, our identity as Christians is wrapped up in our compelling mission to spread the message of salvation. We joyfully invite others to know their Creator because of the wonder we have at our own relationship with the Lord and because He has created and commanded us to do so. Evangelism begins with outreach to unbelievers in the everyday course of college life and matures into a heart for the nations of the world to know Him.

We believe that every believer is called to participate in the spreading of the gospel. Students at The Master’s College are encouraged to be active proclaimers of the good news. Many structured opportunities are availed to students including Outreach Week, spring break missions trips, and summer mission trips.

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