STATEMENT ON THE INTEGRATION

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Grand Canyon University

STATEMENT ON THE INTEGRATION

OF FAITH AND WORK

A s a university, we believe that the message of Jesus Christ

bears profound implications, not only for individuals, but

also for society and the ways that we as individuals live

within it. The Lord Jesus instructed His followers to live

as salt and light within society, which implies a call to live out our lives

in ways that contribute to the common good. We are convinced that

this call extends to the workplace and that our respective vocations

represent vital opportunities to glorify God by serving others in ways

that promote human flourishing. Therefore, by God’s grace, we seek to

distinguish ourselves as a university by instilling a sense of vocational

calling and purpose in our students, faculty and staff in accord with

the following principles:

WE BELIEVE that God’s Word speaks authoritatively about creation,

fall and redemption as well as the restoration of all things through

Christ Jesus. Therefore, we are convinced that the Christian

worldview offers hope of restoration, not only for individuals, but

also for families, communities and societies in which individuals live,

work and serve one another.

WE BELIEVE that God the Almighty created the world, placed

human beings within it and blessed them by making them responsible

for cultivating and caring for creation. Therefore, we are assured that

our work within the world matters to God and our neighbors, and

that we honor God by serving others in ways that promote human

flourishing.

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is both Savior and Lord and that all

who follow Jesus should seek His Kingdom and His righteousness

in relation to all aspects of human experience, including culture

and society. Therefore, we have resolved to carry out our work

within the public arena with compassion, justice and concern for

the common good.

WE BELIEVE that Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection secured

abundant and eternal life for all who believe and that Christ

transforms all that we say and do. Therefore, we are convinced that

Grand Canyon University should positively impact those who study

at, work for and live near the university in ways that accord with the

teachings of Jesus Christ.

WE BELIEVE that mankind was originally created in the image of

God and given responsibility over creation, but that all have failed to

fulfill their God-given purpose and responsibility. We believe that God

redeems and restores men and women in Christ, creating them anew

for the good works He has prepared them to do. Therefore, we are

confident that the work we do is a part of God’s calling on our lives

and a means by which we can glorify God as we meet others’ needs.

WE BELIEVE that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for

salvation and that the work of God’s Spirit in the human heart

invariably results in renewed purpose and the growth of Christ-like

love for neighbors and neighborhoods. Therefore, we are certain that

God is working to restore the broken lives and communities of this

fallen world through the collective gifts, talents, skills and resources of

those who have been transformed by the power of the gospel.

WE BELIEVE that salvation comes through Jesus Christ alone and

involves redemption of the whole person. Therefore, we are convinced

that the Christian life must involve compassion and care, not only for

the spiritual needs of mankind, but also for basic physical needs that

stem from poverty, oppression and injustice.

WE BELIEVE in the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ and that

evangelism and societal engagement are duties of the Christian life.

Therefore, we are devoted to demonstrating the love of Jesus together

as we share the gospel message and shape society according to the

principles of His Kingdom.

WE BELIEVE that the gospel message denounces evil and injustice

while offering hope for reconciliation to Christ and the restoration

of human culture and society through Him. Therefore, we recognize

and embrace the potential of human work for furthering the greater

good and strive to further the good of the culture and the society

through education and the embodiment of biblical principles related

to goodness and justice.

“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our

hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (Psalm 90:17).

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