Appalachian Bible College exists by God's grace and for His glory to educate and equip servants for the Church of tomorrow while edifying the Church of today.
…because Life is for Service
Our Core Values
Primacy of the Bible
We value a Biblical curriculum that grounds students in accurate Biblical doctrine through academic quality that will give relevance in their world, in Christian service ministry and in daily living.
Passion for Servanthood
We value servanthood that learns to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, His Church, and the world with excellence and a humble, submissive attitude so that leadership in ministry clearly recognizes the worth of each individual before God.
Priority of the Church
We value serving through the fundamental church community and thus acknowledge that the church is God's instrument in reaching the world, both locally and globally, with the gospel of Christ.
Pursuit of a Biblical Worldview
We value serving with a Biblical worldview that recognizes the absolute authority of the Bible as the source of truth to govern believers in living as light in a dark world.
Practice of Integrity
We value serving with integrity to foster a climate of righteousness and accountability in all relationships.
The vision of Appalachian Bible College is to be a quality fundamental ministry of Biblical higher education by:
- Training students through a truth-driven curriculum and transformative co-curriculum that prepares Christlike servants who are skilled in interpreting, obeying, and proclaiming God's Word for the global spread of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and the strengthening of His Church.
- Impacting the Church with Christ-centered ministries, which challenge people through God's Word to wholly follow Christ.
Amplified Practices and Beliefs
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections1.
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, wholly inerrant in the original writing, infallible and God-breathed, the final authority for faith and life1.
We believe that the first eleven chapters of Genesis are the literal history of the early Earth1.
We believe that this material universe is the result of a sequence of unique creative acts of God the Son, accomplished with the aid of God the Holy Spirit and directed by God the Father2. We believe these creative acts were ex nihilo, completed by the mere spoken commands of God3. We further believe that these creative acts were accomplished in six literal twenty-four hour days4. Therefore we hold to a young earth view supported by the genealogies and other time information provided in the Word of God. We also believe that the material universe was created in total perfection5 but subsequently was sentenced to a slow decay and eventual destruction by the Curse (binding), which was part of the penalty for the disobedience of the Parents of all mankind, Adam and Eve, whom we view as real, literal people, created on the sixth day of Creation6. We reject all concepts of a pre-Adamic race. We believe that the biblical Noahic Flood7 was a real, year-long global event, the result of the judgment of God on the hopelessly rebellious descendants of Adam and Eve8, and resulted in much of the present geology of the Earth, including most of the fossil graveyards of myriads of plants and animals then living. We believe that only eight human souls, Noah and his family, survived the Flood9 and that all mankind now living are descended from this family, dispersed over the face of the Earth by the confusion of tongues described in Genesis 11. We believe God created mankind in His image into two distinct and unchangeable biological sexes: male and female. Since God created mankind distinctly male and female10, we believe that the only legitimate marriage is that between one biological man and one biological woman11.
We believe that God created only one race—the human race. As such, we believe that all people have equal significance and value, and are treated equally both in God's eyes and, therefore, in the eyes of the College. 12
Concerning Christ & His Work
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice in providing an unlimited atonement for the sins of the whole world; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate3.
Concerning Man, Sin, & Salvation
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God, and that man is totally depraved, in that every part of his being has been affected by sin. He is unable to remedy his lost condition1. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins2. The Christian has two natures, one carnal and one spiritual, which become a source of spiritual conflict3. While his position is perfect in Christ, the believer's present condition is no more perfect than his daily experience. He is called upon to live a separated life and can have a spiritually mature experience in which he will evidence the fruits of righteousness through the new nature, the Holy Spirit's control and the assimilation of God's Word4. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever5. We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word; which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh6.
Concerning the Church
We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age1. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has left two ordinances to be observed by the local church in commemoration of His person and work. The one is that of baptism (immersion) in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The other is the partaking of the Lord's Supper3. No person is qualified to have part in either of these two ordinances unless he has been born from above.
Concerning the Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God gives spiritual enabling gifts for service to all believers1. We believe that the apostolic age of signs and the gifts of healing and tongues ceased with the ministry of the apostles chosen personally by Christ and with the completion of the written Word of God. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism nor of the filling of the Spirit. The gifts which remain are sufficient for the ministry and the perfecting of the Church today. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, according to His will, for the sick and afflicted2.
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the gospel to all mankind1.
Concerning Eternal Life & Judgment
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment1.
Concerning Christ's Return
We believe, according to Scripture, in the pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ; that this second coming will be a literal, bodily, personal appearance to the earth; that His coming for His Bride, the Church, precedes the Tribulation and constitutes the "Blessed Hope" set before us, for which we should be constantly looking1.
Appalachian Bible College operates under the auspices of Appalachian Bible Fellowship, an independent faith mission. Therefore, the College and its missionary staff function in submission to, and support of, like-minded local churches in their fulfillment of Christ’s mission for His Church.
Appalachian Bible College affirms a literal, grammatical, historical interpretation of both the Old and New Testaments. We follow a theological method that honors the progress of revelation, not allowing the NT to reinterpret OT promises to Israel. We further affirm a dispensational theology, which recognizes the distinction between Israel and the Church and the doxological purpose of biblical history.
Appalachian Bible College stands uncompromisingly for the historic Christian faith, as expressed in its Doctrinal Statement, and avoids official cooperation with churches and religious organizations which are members of apostate bodies (e.g., National Council of Churches).
Appalachian Bible College rejects expressions of evangelicalism that show a lack of clarity regarding the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture, a compromise with modern secular scientific thought, and a theologically accepting attitude toward Pentecostalism, the Charismatic movement, and theological liberalism. Such evangelicalism demonstrates a disregard for both personal and ecclesiastical separation. Eschatologically, it is indecisive, permitting a wide range of positions while disparaging dispensational pretribulationism.