Cascade School of Theology Doctrinal Distinctives
As a confessional institution our school is built on particular theological Convictions. This statement details our particular doctrinal distinctives. these, coupled with our doctrinal essentials, represent the theological positions of those offering instruction or serving in any kind of leadership with Cascade.
Sovereignty. We hold to a biblical view of God's sovereignty (Rom 11:33-36), the doctrines of grace (Rom 6:20-23, Eph 1:4-8, Acts 20:28, John 1:12-13, Rom 8:1-10, Rom 8:31-39), and the order of salvation (Rom 8:29-30) in line with Reformed tradition. Jesus saves sinners from death to life in abundance, not because of anything they have done, but because of everything he has done. Life in Jesus is a free gift of his sovereign grace, for his glory and our joy (Eph 2:4-10).
Kingdom. We understand that the Kingdom of God on earth to be inaugurated in the Christ Event which radically changed the way that God relates to his people (Luke 23:45, 1 Cor 6:19, Heb 2:8-10, Heb 4:14-16, Heb 9:15). Starting with Jesus (Matt 4:17, Matt 12:28, Luke 7:20-23) and extending through the Church Era, the Kingdom of God finds its consummation in the New Heavens and New Earth (Rev 21). The Kingdom of God is marked by the making of a New Covenant (Jer 31:31-34, 1 Cor 11:25, 2 Cor 3:6), demonstrated by indwelling work of the Spirit in believers (Joel 2:28-29, Rom 8:9-10), the removal and replacement of the Sinai Covenant ( Jer 31:31-34, Gal. 3:22-26, Heb 7:11-19, Heb 8:13), and grafting in of the Gentiles into the people of God (Is 9:1-2, Eph 3:6-13, Rom 11:13-24). Through Jesus we see the Old Testament, future-focused, kingdom-promises, such as the Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants finding their now (Gal 3:14, Acts 2:33-36) and not yet fulfillment in the Kingdom of God (Rev 5:9, 22:1-3). We affirm that all of God’s people, throughout history are saved in the same fashion, by faith in God’s Messiah, Jesus (Rom 4:1-25, 1 Peter 1:10-12).
Church. We believe the New Testament demonstrates the structure of a local church, which includes servant-hearted (Mark 10:43-45), biblical eldership (Titus 1:5-9), the proper admittance and removal of members (Matt 18:15-30, 1 Cor 5), and the proper administration of the Sacraments as instituted by Jesus (Luke 22:20, Matt 28:19). Water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are intended only for the individual who has received the saving benefits of Christ’s atoning work, confessing with their lips and believing in their heart that Jesus is Lord.
Discipleship. Jesus has tasked his church with the making of disciples (Matt 28:18-20). The New Testament gives to the Church clear models of intentional community relationships, formal and informal, in which people give of themselves to help people love and obey Jesus, love others, and understand the Bible (Acts 20:18-25, 1 Cor 11:1, John 13:35). This others-centered community does life together in the wake of the reality of Jesus, living as citizens of his kingdom. A local church is a community in which people, in the name of Jesus, are known and know others, are loved and love others, are served and serve others. At the core of biblical discipleship is an others-centered love for God and all people (Luke 10:27).
Proclamation. The preaching of the gospel of Jesus, from his Word, is the backbone of the tangible activity of a local church (1 Tim 4:1-2), the public worship of Jesus (1 Tim 4:13), and its visible evangelistic activity (Rom 10:14). It is the task of the elders, rooted in God’s Word, to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph 4:11-16) from the whole council of God (Acts 20:26-28).
Creation. God made the entire universe and everything within it by verbal fiat, in six literal days (Gen 1). Thus, mythologies of Ancient Near Eastern cultures, that bear any resemblance to Genesis do so because they have their origin in the historical account as presented in the Bible. Scripture is our starting point and finial authority in all matters including protology (2 Tim 3:16).