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Serving our Lord demands certain timeless distinctives: a thorough understanding of the Scriptures, a clear grasp of the central doctrines of our faith, a profound knowledge of God, and above all, a fervent commitment to serve him. The Metro Atlanta Seminary endeavors to train its students with these distinctives:
A thorough understanding of the Scriptures begins with a deep conviction that they are the Word of God (a wholly reasonable conviction!), and so are profoundly worthy of study. One’s view of Scripture is intimately linked to one’s estimate of the character and perfection of God himself. Since he is all‑powerful, he is able to reveal himself to man and to preserve his Word generation to generation. Since He is loving, He is willing to reveal Himself and His saving purposes. Scripture, then, is utterly reliable. This doctrine of the inerrancy of Scripture needs vigorous defense today just as it has in the past. At MAS, we are concerned to maintain a God‑honoring position with respect to His Word.
A clear grasp of the central doctrines of grace is inextricably bound up with a high view of the Bible. If, like so many in our century, we regard Scripture as simply scattered fragments from the ancient Near‑Eastern world, we could not possibly have a coherent understanding of Christian doctrines. That, however, is emphatically not our position. On the contrary, believing implicitly in the Word of God as our only infallible guide to faith and practice, we see it as entirely possible to hold a harmonious view of Christian doctrine. In this we are saying no more and certainly no less than the historic Christian faith has always said. This is the heritage of the early Church and of the sixteenth century Reformers and their successors.
A profound knowledge of God involves the mind, but it also involves the rest of our person. It is no better to regard a man as mind alone than to regard him as emotions only. Either extreme is a travesty of the truth. A profound knowledge of God is possible only for the believer. In New Testament terms this means the person has been illuminated by the Holy Spirit, convicted of sin, and spiritually reborn on the grounds of the death of Christ. The believer is not one who merely accepts certain articles of faith, but one who is numbered among the people of God, having his or her whole life dominated by the indwelling Spirit.
In the words of the title of a famous book, the believer is a person “Knowing God“, not just knowing about God. MAS is concerned that every staff member and student has a “profound knowledge of God”.
A profound knowledge of God in the sense we have described, can hardly do anything but issue in “fervent commitment to serve God”. That is what we see as paramount to training one for the ministry. We aim to see the graduating student leave with an unquenchable fervor to serve God acceptably, steadily, and as long as life shall last.
We have been amazed at the men and women who have said, "Yes!" to the type of work we are doing. They have seen MAS as a special place to give of their talents and resources. We would love to give you more information about how you can become part of the movement. We need people like you to bless the seminary as we do the work we are called to do.