Our identity

What we want our students to do

Know God’s word; take it to the world.

How we make that happen

By offering high-quality, Bible-centred theological training in a diverse and supportive community, shaping the whole person for God’s purposes. Aiming for more than simply growing students’ knowledge of theology, we’re developing passionate, capable disciples who use what they know about God’s word to serve him in the church and the world.

Why we think it’s important

Because we believe the amazing truth that God so loved the world that he sent Jesus, his only Son, to live as one of us and die for all of us. That love changed the course of history and is still transforming lives today, and there’s no more important message for our world. So we’re equipping our students to know as much of the Bible – and its divine author – as possible, and to be confident and eager to share with others the truth they’ve discovered. Together we’re putting Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples of all nations” into action.

Who we are as a college

Christians of different cultures, ages and denominations make up the BST community and have done for the last 70 years, and we love how this diversity shapes and sharpens us. Yet we share a common commitment to Jesus as our Lord and Saviour and to the truth of the Bible, and we have a common goal of serving and glorifying God, so we’re united in our diversity.

What beliefs motivate and guide us

We’re an evangelical college, which means that our beliefs and our lives are entirely shaped by the evangel – literally, the gospel of Jesus Christ. So there are a number of core Christian truths that we teach with great passion and live by with conviction. There are also many secondary issues that aren’t at the centre of the gospel, and in those areas we think it’s important to expose our students to different viewpoints and to encourage intelligent and prayerful reflection. We hope this reflection will also bring greater understanding and appreciation of the theological and historical roots of students’ own denominational heritage. However, when it comes to core Christian beliefs, these are the things that everyone in the BST community agrees on and lives in the light of:

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.

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.

End times

Jesus Christ will return personally at the end of the age when there will be a bodily resurrection of all people, followed by judgment leading to eternal life or eternal separation from God.