A superficial change in external behavior is not the authenticating mark of a distinctively biblical life. The Master's
University desires to see genuine change in the student’s life that is sustainably rooted in the transformation of his or
her intellect, affections, and resolve. By focusing on what the Bible describes as the heart, we can confidently exhort
and encourage a student's comprehensive development without reverting to legalistic methodologies.
The interrelated biblical principles that define the Distinctive of Heart Transformation are as follows:
Lifestyle of Worship.
Our priorities and actions flow out of a heart of worship. Within the fellowship of
believers, spiritual development is realized as the hearts of the people unite in worshiping the true God over
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
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:
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-
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
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
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:
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
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