The advisors, lecturers, and fellows with Negev Institute come from a variety of Christian traditions; from traditional/liturgical, to charismatic, to broadly evangelical, and many things in between. Our desire is to create resources that can be utilized widely in different Christian communities and denominations, so we endeavor to approach our mission in ways where there can be wide agreement between different groups of believers, while also acknowledging that our work is driven by our core values.
Please know, that as we are invited into faith communities to speak on areas of psychology and social/behavioral health, we will work to be respectful of any particular doctrines of those communities, even when some doctrines may be divergent from the beliefs of members of our institute.
But though Negev Institute desires to be open-handed and charitable to all groups, we believe that there is value in clarity, so we will share below the common theological basis of the Institute's mission.
The Faith that Forms Us
As an organization, we are committed to the shared goals and views of confessing Christians; believing in the real and physical incarnation, birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, a full and complete manifestation of humanity and divinity; both the Son of God and the Son of Man. And that this truth has meaningful and practical implications in how we should see our current lives, our histories, and our futures. We believe that all Christians are called to missional living that engages in the world, but also to remember that the world is not as it should be, and the work of the Church is to be the righteous vanguard of the kingdom to come, even though we do the work imperfectly.
In pursuing our goals as an institution to be both broadly ecumenical while staying committed in our belief that there are parameters of truth to be lived out through our thoughts, speech, and actions, Negev Institute has adopted the following Statement of Faith, adapted from the National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith, a statement that has been affirmed by more than 70 Christian denominations and thus represents a broad consensus among confessing Christians. Our full statement is as follows:
- We believe that the Bible, in the accepted cannon of the undivided Church, to be the inspired and completely authoritative Word of God.
- We fully accept the Nicene Creed, and the other Creeds of the undivided Church, as expressing right and correct thought and belief for Christians to which the Church should hold fast.
- We believe that there is one eternal and fully sovereign God, existent in the three persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of Jesus of Nazareth, who is the Word made fresh and the Son in the Trinity. We believe in Jesus’s virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His bodily death and resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and we believe that He will personally return to rule the earth in power and glory.
- We believe that all people, though having been created in the image of God and as a part of His good creation, have been affected by the fall as told in the book of Genesis, and are all now born in estrangement from God. This estrangement is known as sin, and it manifests through the unhealthiness of our thoughts, desires, words, and actions. If left uncorrected and unrepaired, sin leads all creation to spiritual, emotional, and physical death.
- We believe that through the earthly life, death, and resurrection of God the Son, that a way was made for the restoration of woman and men to right relationship with God, which is the only way to be saved from the destruction of sin. We believe that this salvation is an act of Divine Grace from God, and that it cannot be earned.
- We believe that for the restoration of the relationship between God and humanity, and for the saving of all people, that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is of absolute necessity.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit has been with the community of Christians since the indwelling of the first Apostles of the Church on the day of Pentecost after the bodily accession of Jesus of Nazareth. And that the Holy Spirit has sustained the work of Church since that time, while also recognizing the continued need for repentance and forgiveness as the people of the Church continue to live in a fallen world and, corporately and individually, have not always lived righteously with each other nor with our neighbors.
- We believe in the continued ministry of the Holy Spirit to Christians in the present day, and we believe the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in Christians enables them to strive towards godly living and restoration of their relationships with God and their neighbors.
- We believe in the coming physical resurrection of all who have died, and that the Son of God will call those who are saved in His resurrection to eternal life with Himself, and He will make it so that He will be separated forever for those who are lost to His resurrection.
- We believe and declare the spiritual unity of all believers in the Lordship of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, and the Son of God. The foretold Messiah of the prophets of Israel and the Word made fresh, creator of the universe and existent before all things. We believe that all disagreement between true believers in Christ will be entirely rectified under His lordship, be it in the current age of this world or in the fullness of His coming Kingdom. We believe that while disagreement among believers exist, that we should seek to manifest the Cardinal Virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance; so that the earthly witness of the Body of Christ should not be unduly diminished as we work towards the coming Kingdom of God.