The modern higher education system is broken. Modern education is hostile to faith, too expensive, and academically weak. We need nothing short of a revolution. Sattler College was founded upon the biblical vision of Christian discipleship that addresses the mind, soul, and heart. Our mission is to provide an education that instructs the mind, discipleship that shapes the soul, and inspiration that inflames the heart. Our goal is to enable graduates to heartily say, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). Our primary distinctives are encapsulated by the three "C's":
Sattler College Distinctives: (The Three "C's")
At Sattler College we believe in implementing a rigorous and well-defined, college-wide curriculum. Our faculty are trained at institutions like Harvard and Stanford. This curriculum encompasses the best of Christian education in the classical tradition. In addition to expository writing, history, biology, mathematics, and economics, students are required to take courses in the Old Testament, New Testament, apologetics, biblical Greek, biblical Hebrew, and church history. Our goal is to produce well-rounded students who can rightly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). In addition to our core, we offer five majors: Human Biology, Business, Computer Science, History, and Biblical Studies that build upon our core curriculum into specific areas of deeper study.
A majority of students stop involvement in the church or even lose their faith during college. In addition, negative behaviors such as pornography, drug use, sexual promiscuity, and cheating typically increase during a student's college years. Much of this is simply the outworking of Jesus' teaching, "Everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher" (Luke 6:40). With only the smallest minority of typical college faculty who believe in the inspiration and infallibility of the Scriptures, students naturally adopt these views and their faith suffers or is destroyed. In contrast, we believe that college is actually an opportunity to grow in their faith through wise study, mentoring, and discipleship. Our goal is to train the next generation of students to be the City on a Hill that Jesus commands (Matthew 5:14).
We are committed to making education affordable and accessible. Our tuition is significantly less than most private colleges.
Sattler College provides an education that is grounded in the historic Christian faith. This encompasses the traditional beliefs of the church with respect to doctrine and practice. While the College has no specific denominational affiliation, the beliefs upon which it is established correspond most closely with the persecuted, suffering churches of history, such as the ante-Nicene church, the Waldensians, the Wycliffites, and the Anabaptists.
With respect to doctrine, the College affirms the traditional tenets of the Christian faith including the Trinity, Jesus' bodily resurrection, salvation through Christ, the infallible nature of the Scriptures, and the final judgment (Matthew 28:19; John 11:25; 20:24-21:14; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27; 2 Timothy 3:16). Thus the College affirms agreement with the historic creeds of the church such as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.
With respect to practice:
- The College affirms that love and obedience to Jesus’ commands are the true hallmarks of the Christian faith (Matthew 7:15-20; Luke 6:46; John 13:34-35; 1 John 2:3). The College affirms that obedience to Christ is organically and necessarily connected to faith in Christ (John 14:15, 14:23, 15:10; James 1:22-25; Romans 6:17).
- The College reads the Scriptures in a Christocentric fashion, placing stress on Jesus’ teachings and example, most notably the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and his death on the cross. With respect to the Sermon on the Mount, the College affirms Jesus’ positive injunctions to guard our hearts (Matthew 5:3-30) and love our enemies. The College affirms His prohibition of oaths (Matthew 5:33-37) and His prohibition against accumulating treasures on earth (Matthew 6:19-21).
- The College affirms Jesus’ commands of Christian peacemaking and nonresistance (Matthew 5:33-48), which includes the teaching that Christians are not permitted to kill or serve in war. Instead the Christian mandate to love our enemies without prejudice, to pray for the safety of all people (1 Timothy 2:1-4), and sacrificially serve those afflicted by war and injustice.
- The College affirms that the church is intended to be an intentional body of those who follow Jesus, not a mixed group containing those who disbelieve or reject Jesus’ teachings (Matthew 18:15-18; 1 Corinthians 5; Ephesians 5:11). The College also affirms that the church must remain free from the influence of the state.
- The College affirms that baptism is only for those who repent and believe; this naturally implies a rejection of infant baptism (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark: 16:16; Acts 2:38, 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21; Colossians 2:12).
- The College affirms that remarriage after divorce is biblically prohibited while the former spouse lives (Matthew 5:31-32; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18; Romans 7:2-3).
- The College affirms separation from the world in matters that Scripture commands such as worldview, dress, and entertainment (Psalm 101:3; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Philippians 4:8; 1 Timothy 2:8-10).
- The College recognizes the historic pattern of: a) drift of Christian institutions and churches away from the simplicity of Scripture; and b) the tendency to marginalize demanding teachings as if they were culturally transient. Because Sattler College seeks to uphold the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3), the College is committed to learn from history in order to uphold and practice the original, apostolic faith.