Address at the 2012 Graduation of SATS

If I asked you why you enrolled with SATS in the first place most of you would mention such things as; the convenience of being able to study at a distance, the excellent quality of the accreditation, or the fine curriculum and coursework. Some might even mention the fact that the academic faculty are so good looking. However, most of you would probably say that it was because we are theologically evangelical.

When SATS was founded, it was clear what the word ‘evangelical’ meant, but recently it has become so broadly defined that it no longer means what it used to. It no longer adequately defines our theological blood type. However, if you look at our website you will see that we define ourselves with the words; ‘We are Bible-based, Christ-centred, Spirit-led, distance and online learning specialists, accredited to the PhD level. The last part of that statement speaks to what we do, but the first part speaks to who we are; Bible-based, Christ-centred, and Spirit-led. These are the three foundational principles on which we build SATS some 16 years ago; the unique authority of the Word of God the Father, the lordship and centrality of Jesus Christ, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We have tried to incorporate these three principles into the structure and content of our courses and assessment criteria.

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