Theological Perspective


New College Franklin exists to glorify our Triune God and enjoy communion with Him forever. We believe that God has spoken supremely in our Lord Jesus Christ and in Holy Scripture teaching us to trust in the sovereign, eternal, just, and merciful decrees of the Father; the atoning life, death, and resurrection of Jesus; and the work of the Holy Spirit as our ongoing Counselor, Guide, Equipper and Friend. These fundamental Trinitarian truths define us first and foremost as mere Christians.


Moreover, we are orthodox Christians. We are grateful heirs of the historic Christian Church and of the pioneers and patriarchs of faith who gave us the creeds and the early Church councils: The Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed and the Definition of Chalcedon. Thus, we continue to be linked with that historic line of faithfulness as it has continued, uninterrupted, across the centuries.


In following this historic line of faithfulness New College Franklin holds to the reformational confessions of the 16th and 17th centuries including the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dort. We believe that these confessions best articulate orthodox Christian doctrine revealed in the Holy Scriptures. New College Franklin stands in this rich confessional Protestant tradition not as a system of ideas separated from living faith.


Because sound theology is inseparable from holiness, we believe that the fruit of the Spirit, love and humility, and service in word and deed are essential marks of true theology. Indeed, these manifestations of faith are essential to our theological perspective. As our motto, Wisdom, Discipleship, Mission, proclaims, godliness exists in word and deed. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. (I John 4:7)