What We Believe
We believe the Bible is the truth and that Jesus has invited, called, and empowered each of us to live on mission to reach the world with His love. Our statement of faith follows that of our denomination, The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) in Canada:
- God: There is one God (1), who is infinitely perfect (2), existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (3).
- Jesus Christ is true God and true man (4). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (5). He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures (6). He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest (7). He will come again to establish His kingdom of righteousness and peace (8).
- Holy Spirit is a divine Person, sent to indwell (9), guide, teach, and empower the believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement (10).
- Bible: The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of people. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice. (11)
- Sin: Humankind, originally created in the image and likeness of God (12), fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All people are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ (13). The destiny of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment, but that of the believer is everlasting joy and bliss. (14)
- Freedom from Sin: Salvation has been provided only through Jesus Christ. Those who repent and believe in Him are united with Christ through the Holy Spirit and are thereby regenerated (born again), justified, sanctified, and granted the gift of eternal life as adopted children of God. (15)
- Christian Living: It is the will of God that in union with Christ each believer should be sanctified thoroughly (16), thereby being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to God, receiving power for holy living and sacrificial and effective service toward the completion of Christ’s commission. (17) This is accomplished through being filled with the Holy Spirit, which is both a distinct event and progressive experience in the life of the believer. (18)
- Healing: Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil as taught in the Scriptures are privileges for the Church in this present age. (19)
- The universal Church, of which Christ is the Head, consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and commissioned by Christ to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the Gospel to all nations. (20) The local church, the visible expression of the universal Church, is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together to worship God, to observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, to pray, to be edified through the Word of God, to fellowship, and to testify in word and deed to the good news of salvation both locally and globally. The local church enters into relationships with other like-minded churches for accountability, encouragement, and mission. (21)
- Life after death: There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life (22); for the latter, a resurrection unto judgement. (23)
- The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal and visible (24). As the believer’s blessed hope, this vital truth is an incentive for holy living and sacrificial service toward the completion of Christ’s commission. (25)
1. Isaiah 44:6; 45:5-6 | 2. Matthew 5:48; Deut. 32:4 | 3. Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19 | 4. Philippians 2:6-11; Hebrews 2:14-18; Colossians 2:9 | 5. Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:35 | 6. 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; 1 John 2:2; Acts 13:39 | 7. Hebrews 4:14-15; 9:24-28 | 8. Matthew 25:31-34; Acts 1:11 | 9. John 14:16-17 | 10. John 16:7-11; 1 Corinthian 2:10-12 | 11. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21 | 12. Genesis 1:27 | 13. Romans 8:8; 1 John 2:2 | 14. Matthew 25:41-46; 2 | Thessalonians 1:7-10 | 15. Titus 3:5-7; Acts 2:38; John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 6:11 | 16. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 | 17. Acts 1:8 | 18. Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:16-25 | 19. Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:13-16 | 20. Ephesians 3:6-12; 1:22-23 | 21. Acts 2:41-47; Hebrew 10:25; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, 11:19-30; 15 | 22. 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 | 23. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 | 24. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 | 25. 1 Corinthians 1:7; Titus 2:11-14; Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20