Mission, Vision, & Statement of Faith

我们的使命

The mission of Hardin-Simmons University is to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.

我们的愿景

Hardin-Simmons University will be an innovative community of servant scholars engaging the minds and nurturing the spirits of future Christian leaders.

Statement of Faith

Adopted by the HSU Board of Trustees on November 3, 2022

After much prayer and careful deliberation, this Statement of Faith humbly and thoughtfully memorializes the sincere historically held religious beliefs of Hardin-Simmons University. The institution remains committed to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.

We desire to love everyone as 神 loves us. Hardin-Simmons will continue to welcome students from diverse backgrounds and experiences and encourage them to pursue excellence in education and grow in the knowledge and practice of 神’s Word expressed in the Holy Bible.

This Statement of Faith directs all facets of the governance, administration, 管理, 操作, and employment practices of the university. While we want students to become knowledgeable of world views and perspectives on faith and life, the education and discipleship provided to students by the university must advance our Vision and Mission and not conflict with this Statement of Faith.

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, the Word become flesh, fully 神 and fully human, who died for us and was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven. Christ’s return will complete 神’s redemptive mission. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between 神 and humanity.

Isaiah 53:1-12, Matthew 20:28, 约翰1:1, 约翰一14, 约翰58, 约翰11, 约翰6, Romans 5:8-10, 罗马书6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 2:20, Philippians 2:7, Colossians 2:9, 1 Timothy 2:5, Hebrews 4:15, 1 Peter 3:18, 1 John 2:1-2, 约翰一书3:5, 约翰一书3:16

We believe in the one true and living 神, the Creator of heaven and earth, revealed in three persons: Father, 儿子, and Holy Spirit. 神 is all powerful, all present, and all knowing. 神 will rule forever. 神就是爱.

创世记1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 约书亚书1:9, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Psalm 139:1-12, 诗篇146:10, Psalm 147:4-5, 以赛亚书9:7, 以赛亚书44:6, Jeremiah 10:10, Matthew 3:16-17, Matthew 16:16, Matthew 28:19, 马克1:9-11, 卢克一33, 约翰6:57, 约翰10:30, Romans 8:14-15, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Galatians 4:6, 詹姆斯19, 约翰一书3:20, 约翰一书4:8, 约翰一书4:16

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, 助手, 神’s presence with us, who teaches us and leads us to grow in faith. We receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us.

John 14:15-17, 约翰14:26, 约翰15:26, John 16:7-15, 使徒行传一章8节的, 徒2:38, 徒31, 徒五32, 罗马书8:9, 罗马人或其他, Romans 15:13, 1 Corinthians 2:13, 2 Corinthians 3:17, 约翰一书4:2

圣经

We believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired authority for life and faith. The Bible is 神’s word and accomplishes His purpose, does not return empty, and will stand forever.

约书亚1:8, 诗篇119:11, Psalm 119:105, 以赛亚书40:8, Isaiah 55:10-11, 约翰6:63, 约翰福音, 2 Timothy 3:16, 罗马福音15:4, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 希伯来书4:12, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Revelation 22:18-19

人类

We believe that humans were created in the image of 神. Humankind disobeyed 神 and fell from a sinless state when tempted by Satan. Because all humans are sinful, they are separated from 神 and stand in need of rescue and redemption. Because of His great love, 神 provided a way for humanity to be put right with him. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ provide for rescue and redemption from sin.

Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 3:1-24, 《PG电子游戏》九, 出埃及记32:33, Isaiah 53:5-9, 以赛亚书59:2, 弥迦书3:4, 罗马书3:23, Romans 5:1-21, 1 Corinthians 15:17-22, Galatians 1:3-4, Galatians 2:20, Galatians 3:13, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 2:10, 1 Peter 1:13-16

救恩

We believe that 救恩 is a gift that comes by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

约翰1:12-13, John 3:16-18, 约翰3:36, 约翰5:24, 徒4:8-12, 罗马书1:16, 罗马书6:23, 罗马书十章九节, Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10, Titus 2:11-14, 彼得后书3:9, 约翰一书1:9

教会

We believe that the church was instituted by Jesus and that he is the head of the church. The church is the gathered community of believers built together for 神 by the Spirit and serving as the body of Christ in the world. The church is called to be Christ’s ambassadors and given the ministry of reconciliation.

Matthew 16:18, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:46-47, 徒20:28, Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, Ephesians 2:19-22, Ephesians 4:14-16, Philippians 2:1-11, Colossians 1:18, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 Peter 2:4-10

We believe that 神 created the human race with two genetic sexes, male and female.

Genesis 1:27, Genesis 5:2, Mark 10:6

婚姻

We believe that marriage has been established by 神 to be a life-long, covenant relationship between one genetic male and one genetic female. We also believe that sexual activity is intended by 神 to be expressed solely in the context of a loving marriage between one genetic male and one genetic female.

Genesis 2:24, Exodus 20:14, Matthew 19:4-8, 马克10:6-9, Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 5:21-33, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Hebrews 13:4

Kindness and Respect

We believe that every person has been fearfully and wonderfully made by 神 and should be afforded love, 善良, compassion and dignity.

Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139:13-18, Matthew 7:9-12, Matthew 9:36-38, Matthew 22:34-40, Matthew 25:34-36, Mark 12:28-34, Luke 6:27-36, Luke 10:25-37, John 13:34-35, 约翰15:9-17, Romans 12:9-21, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Galatians 3:26-29, Galatians 5:22-26, Ephesians 4:31-32, Philippians 2:1-11, Colossians 3:12-17, 彼得前书3:8, 1 Peter 4:9-11, 约翰一书3:16-18, 1 John 4:19-21

*Fearfully when translated from the Hebrew means with great reverence, heart-felt interest, with respect. (Psalm 139:14)

Why did the Board of Trustees write a statement of faith?
The members of the Board of Trustees are stewards of the vision and mission of the university, responsible for governing by setting policy and providing direction to the President to follow in leading the organization.  We believe that a clearly defined statement of faith provides an essential point of reference for the fulfillment of these responsibilities.

Why have a statement of faith?
Hardin-Simmons University’s Statement of Faith clearly states the Christian beliefs that undergird and inform the university’s vision and mission, and highlights the principles that define what we envision in providing “excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.”

The Statement of Faith provides guidance to the university’s administrative leaders as they make decisions that impact every aspect of the institution. It also offers inspiration and a foundational point of reference to our faculty as they educate students and develop the next generation of leaders, as well as to our staff who provide the platforms that facilitate learning.

Why publish the Statement of Faith now?
As the nation’s cultural context changes in ways that with increasing frequency conflict with historic Christian teaching, we believe it is important that we expressly proclaim our beliefs earnestly and transparently as a university committed to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values, as has been our purpose from inception of the university.