Evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics as well as other Protestant and Orthodox communions have been led through prayer, study, and discussion to common convictions about Christian faith and mission. It is therefore incumbent upon SAN GREGORIO College & University to frame a Statement of Faith that is acceptable to all Christians since there is more commonality among the basic tenets of Christian faith than there is discord over issues that have exacerbated a common front over the past 500 years. It is in that spirit of commonality the university wishes to assure all are welcome to study, learn, and explore differences in a Christian collegial environment where all views are respected and are discussed in the spirit of commonality and belief in the one Lord, Jesus Christ.
“Jesus Christ is Lord” (Rom 10:9). That is the first and final affirmation that Christians make about all of reality He is the One sent by God to be Lord and Savior of all. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Christians are ambassadors who proclaim now what will one day be acknowledged by all, that “Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:11).
We affirm together that we are justified by grace through faith in Christ alone. Living faith is active in love and is nothing less than the love of Christ, for we together say with Paul: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).
All who accept Christ as Lord and Savior are brothers and sisters in Christ – all Christians are brothers and sisters in Christ. We have not chosen one another - just as we have not chosen Christ - He has chosen us, and He has chosen us to be His, and abide in Him (John 15). However imperfect our communion with one another, and however deep our disagreements with one another, we recognize that there is but one church of Christ. There is one church because there is one Christ and the church is His body. However difficult the way, we recognize that we are called by God to a fuller realization of our unity in the body of Christ. The only unity to which we would give expression is unity in the truth, and the truth is this: "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, Who is above all and through all and in all" (Ephesians 4:4-6).
We affirm together that Christians are to teach and live in obedience to the divinely inspired Scriptures, which are the infallible Word of God. We further affirm together that Christ has promised to His church the gift of the Holy Spirit who will lead us into all truth in discerning and declaring the teaching of Scripture (John 16:13). We recognize together that the Holy Spirit has so guided His church in the past. In the formation of the canon of the Scriptures, and in the orthodox response to the great Christological and Trinitarian controversies of the early centuries, we confidently acknowledge the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In faithful response to the Spirit's leading, the church formulated the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Definition of Chalcedon, and the Athanasian Creed which we can and hereby do affirm together as an accurate statement of Scriptural truth.