CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION TO WESTMONT

1.4 What is Westmont?

Westmont is a liberal arts college, and classically so. Our single, overriding objective is to launch our students into a lifetime of flourishing, so that they might become the people God created them to be. We prepare our students for life -the whole of it - enabling them to follow God's call into any career, any avenue of service, that is suited to their gifts and abilities.

What do we hope for our students? Simply this: that they would follow Christ, becoming like him in character and affections, loving God and neighbor with heart, mind, soul and strength, and responding to his call in their lives to be faithful stewards of all that God has given to them.

And what should distinguish a Westmont graduate? Loving to learn, they are people whose learning is inspired by their love of God. Learning to live, their practices and habits are shaped by what they have learned. Living to love, their love of God and neighbor is evident in how they live their lives. These are our aspirations for our students, and this is what we believe our fragmented world desperately needs.

Christ Preeminent in All Things. To understand Westmont is to understand its motto -Christ Preeminent in All Things. We affirm with the Apostle Paul that "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: Things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Therefore, we do not begin with our knowledge about ourselves, but the revelation of Christ, who is the foundation for all knowing, all understanding, all wisdom. As God's image bearers, we know in part. As fallen beings, we also know that we are easily deceived in our understanding. Reconciliation with God through Christ, therefore, is not only our future hope, but the ground in which our liberal learning must be rooted.

We believe that Jesus Christ - Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer of all things - is present in all spheres of life, both to call us into relation with Himself and to challenge us to make him Lord. We are persuaded that the Christian faith, revealed to us in the Scriptures and realized in us by the Holy Spirit, provides the most promising framework within which to pursue an education. At Westmont, we believe that we can invest ourselves fully in every undertaking, with the confidence that in so doing, we will encounter the person of Christ. We will also come to understand more fully God's purposes in the world, and to honor His call upon us to participate in them.

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