SFBC President – Dr. Mary Drabik
South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary is an institution of higher learning where the Bible is central in preparing men and women for ministry to serve Christ and His Church through Biblical thought and Christian life.
South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary (SFBC) believes in pursuing the unreachable and chasing an image of a God-breathed community that is working towards the mission of God in their everyday lives. SFBC trusts in God to accomplish the following impossible tasks, more than we can even ask or think (Ephesians 3:20):
- Building up, Striving for, and Maintaining a spiritual vibrant community.
- Serving as a resource for the local community and impacting all nations with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Pursuing a diverse student and faculty demographic that includes people from various nationalities, denominations, and cultures (Revelation 7).
- Pursuing a biblical foundation in every aspect of instruction, producing academically competent scholarship for the global church.
- Our hope for students is that, through their time at SFBC&TS, their lives will become transformed in Christ, that they will have their minds further constructed with His truth and their characters formed according to His virtues, and that their hearts will courageously carry His mission. It is our hope that our students are not just educated, but that they are being conformed to the image of Christ, both to His life and His suffering through the Holy Spirit (Phil 3:10).
- As a community, we seek to know the compassion and care of our God, our Creator, the Triune God. We aim to value what God values. God’s kingdom touches the whole person, and care for social justice issues is a natural outflow of knowing God. We embrace local and global opportunities to express tangible care for the marginalized, poor, and vulnerable from a biblical perspective. We also desire to learn to take our responsibilities in creation care seriously by encouraging and upholding a lifestyle that is non-consumer oriented, but sustainable, as we care for His creation.
- We believe that all people are created in the image of God and therefore have inherent worth and dignity. We seek to cultivate a safe environment for all students to engage in courteous and respectful conversation as they pursue truth and Scriptural formation. Such an environment will abide by our anti-bullying policies and promote a mutual value for seeking truth rather than being right.
- As a community, we seek to understand and embrace what being part of the ‘new humanity in Christ’ (Gal 3:28) looks like, including how we treat male/female, ethnic, racial, denominational, and theological differences. While we recognize the importance of holding and defending evangelical convictions with reason and grace, we are aware of the various Christian traditions – Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant – and their profound contributions. We endeavor to be part of the solution and to model love for Jesus’ Church.
- SFBC&TS values the energy and insights from our diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Our classrooms consist of students from diverse ethnicities, vocational goals, denominational traditions, backgrounds, and experiences. This provides us with endless opportunities to learn from each other, learn about ourselves, and foster real kingdom practices. Such diversity teaches us to celebrate our unity in Christ and to find a loyalty to Christ that transcends our human affiliations and communities.
- As an institution of higher learning, we believe that a rigorous academic standard and engagement in scholarship are expressions of good stewardship to God and are vital to the wellbeing of the church and mission of God. We expect that our students will engage their faith in clear, compelling, critical and intellectually rigorous ways.
- Missio Dei
- We believe God is already at work, renewing humanity and creation, and it is our desire to join in His mission. We expect our students to incarnationally mediate God’s mission as they encounter and influence culture locally and globally with the holistic gospel. It is also our belief that our identity is shaped by our participation and understanding that central to God’s mission is His glory, and not us.
South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary is committed to the ideals of Christian education: the development of the whole person (i.e., spirit, soul, and body). This requires knowledge of God’s Word, development of Christian character, specialized training for service, application of biblical principles, and the promotion of Christian love and unity. SFBC believes that God’s Word alone is sufficient to develop the whole person. All faculty members accept the Bible as the inerrant and final authority in life, faith, and practice.
SFBC believes it is essential to have doctrinal statements of faith that set forth the general principles of this institution and its theological understandings of Scripture. Applicants, students, and graduates are not required to sign or affirm SFBC’s statements of faith, but they are expected to be in essential agreement with them. SFBC is interdenominational in character and maintains a conservative, evangelical position. SFBC recognizes the following doctrinal statements of faith:
Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible reveals the mind of Christ and is the inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God.
- We believe in the Triune God who is one in substance and three in person- the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the reality of Satan and his present control over unregenerate man.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory as King of kings and Lord of Lords.
- We believe in the fall of man and his lost estate, which makes necessary a rebirth through confession of sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the reconciliation of man to God by the substitutionary death and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the resurrection of believers unto everlasting life and the resurrection of unbelievers unto everlasting punishment.
- We believe in the ever-present ministry of the Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the Ex Nihilo creation of the universe.
- We believe God has conferred equal value on men and women. We therefore seek to equip men and women for their ministry in Jesus’ Great Commission in our rapidly changing and challenging mission field.