Statement of Faith
Our beliefs are in accord with those of Bible-believing Christians throughout the ages. They center around faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and adherence to the Bible as the inspired Word of God. We maintain a “big tent” stance with regard to many less central doctrinal matters, encouraging true Christian believers from different backgrounds and traditions to unite together in to exalt Jesus Christ and complete His Great Commission. Our beliefs are as follows:
We believe the Bible is God’s unique revelation to people. It is the inspired, infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. No other writings are vested with such authority – (Matthew 5:18)(2 Timothy 3:16)(2 Peter 1:20-21)(Psalm 119).
We believe there is only one God, creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally as three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – each fully God, equal in every way, and yet each being eternally distinct from the other – (Genesis 1)(Deuteronomy 6:4)(Matthew 28:19-20)(John 14:15-17).
We believe that all people are created in God’s image and are exceedingly valuable to Him. Central to the message of the Bible is that God loves all people and invites them to live in communion with Himself and with each other – (Genesis 1:26-27)(John 3:16-17)(Acts 2:42-47).
We believe Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, fully God and fully human, and lived a sinless human life. He willingly took all of our sin upon Himself, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate & mediator. Some day He’ll return to fulfill the eternal plan of God – (Isaiah 9:6)(Matthew 1:22-23)(John 1:1-5)(1 Timothy 2:5-6) (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
We believe apart from Jesus Christ, all people are spiritually lost and, because of sin deserve the judgment of God. However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on his/her behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross – (Romans 3:21-26/5:1-11)(Ephesians 2:8-9).
We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He also dwells within all followers of Jesus. He is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives, and gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world – (2 Corinthians 3:17)(John 14:16-17/16:7-13)(Acts 1:8)(Ephesians 5:18).
The Universal Church
We believe that all who follow Jesus are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, economic, generational, gender and denominational lines – (Ephesians 1:22-23/4:15)(Colossians 1:18/3:11)(Ephesians 3:17-19/413-16).
The Local Church
We believe the local church is a mosaic of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, leadership development and community. Through it, believers invest time, energy, spiritual gifts and resources to fulfill the Great Commission. Baptism & Communion are practiced as key, identifying symbols of Jesus’ death & resurrection – (Acts 2:38/42-47)(Matthew 28:18-20)(Romans 6)(Hebrews 10:25)(2 Timothy 2:2)(1 Corinthians 11:23-26/12:7)(Acts 1:8).
We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be eternally separated from God into condemnation. Followers of Jesus will be received into God’s loving presence and will be rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life – (Matthew 25)(2 Thessalonians 1:6-9)(1 Corinthians 3:10-14).
For more information about the background, beliefs and work of the Christian & Missionary Alliance, visit the movement website at: cmalliance.org