Statement of Faith
Oak Valley College is a nondenominational Christian College. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds to explore their spirituality in an environment that supports and challenges you to live, learn, and grow in your faith.
At Oak Valley, we believe that:
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
We are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, we are impaired by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates us from God.
We were created to exist forever. We either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through repentance, forgiveness, and salvation.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Salvation is a gift from God to us. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty.
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
The Bible is God’s word to us. It is uniquely inspired by God, the Holy Spirit, and is the final authority to understanding how we should live our lives in order to be pleasing to God, including all matters of faith and practice. Because it is inspired of God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
Since we hold these articles of faith to be true, it leads us to believe in:
Moral absolutes. That God’s moral nature is absolute and unchanging.
Human dignity. That we were all created in the image of God.
The possibility of redemption. That the work of Jesus Christ on the cross redeemed humanity and will finally restore the world back under God’s sovereign rule.