Statement of Faith

STATEMENT OF FAITH

1. God
There is one God,1 who is infinitely perfect,2 existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.3


2. Jesus
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 ground 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


3. Holy Spirit
The 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 judgment.10


4. 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


5. 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


6. 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


7. Christian Living
It is the will of God that in union with Christ each believer should be sanctified thoroughly16 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


8. 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


9. Church
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


10. 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 judgment.23


11. Second Coming of Christ
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. We are committed to: The Glory of the Triune God

Therefore:


We love him wholeheartedly, worship him sincerely and seek passionatelyto complete the work he has given us to do.


2. We are committed to: The Authority of the Bible

Therefore:


We adhere to our doctrinal statement as a summary of key truths from the Bible that we agree on as a family of churches.


We affirm the ministries of preaching and teaching in order to understand, obey and apply the Bible to our faith and practice.


3. We are committed to: Christ-centered Living

Therefore:


We lead believers into the fullness of the Spirit and faith in the all-sufficient Christ for healing and power to live holy lives of service.


4. We are committed to: The Church

Therefore:


We love the Church universal and seek to plant and nurture healthy, transformational local churches as the means of building Christ’s kingdom and nurturing individual Christians.


We minister on the basis of spiritual giftedness as essential to divine power and effectiveness.


We encourage dynamic creativity resulting in diverse congregational composition, language and organizational structures in order to fulfill Christ’s desire to reach all people.


5. We are committed to: Lost People

Therefore:


We allocate a disproportionately large amount of energy and resources to reaching lost people, discipling them to maturity in, and devotion to, Christ.


6. We are committed to: Missions

Therefore:


We give priority to world evangelization.


We give priority in our missionary activity to evangelizing those people who have had the least opportunity to hear the gospel, thus expediting the return of Christ.


7. We are committed to: Leadership

Therefore:


We intentionally identify and train godly leaders.


We affirm and empower our pastors; other credentialed workers and lay leaders, esteeming them highly in the Lord.


8. We are committed to: Strategic Cooperation

Therefore:


We serve each other with humility and compassion.


We create strategies, structures and policies that enhance local initiative and maximize cooperation in the accomplishment of our purpose.


We develop strategic partnerships with those of like-minded message, mission, passion and purpose.


9. We are committed to: Social Responsibility

Therefore:


We uphold biblical justice.


We minister to the poor and oppressed as ministry to Jesus himself.


We encourage and strengthen marriages and families.


10. We are committed to: Stewardship

Therefore:


We view all our resources and possessions as God-owned and we use them with integrity, accountability and maximum effectiveness.


We embrace faithfulness and sacrifice in the advance of Christ’s kingdom.


11. We are committed to: Prayer

Therefore:


We do nothing until we pray.


The term "fourfold gospel" describes the historic emphasis of the C&MA on the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is our Saviour, our Sanctifier, our Healer and our Coming King. These aspects of the ministry of Jesus are represented in the official C&MA logo. Each element of the logo visualizes one aspect.

Our Saviour

The cross stands for salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

"...God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." ~ John 3:16

References:

Psalm 32:1-2

John 3:5-7

John 3:16-18

Acts 2:22-24

Acts 4:12

Romans 5:8

Romans 6:23

Romans 10:9-10

II Cor. 5:17-19

Ephesians 2:8-9

I Timothy 1:15-16

Hebrews 7:25

I Peter 1:18-19

I Peter 3:18

I John 5:11-13

 

Our Sanctifier

The laver (wash basin) is representative of sanctification, that daily cleansing from sin by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

"...May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it." ~ I Thessalonians 5:23, 24

References:

John 15:1-4

Romans 6:1-4

Romans 6:11-14

Romans 8:1-4

Romans 12:1-2

I Corinthians 1:30

I Corinthians 6:11

II Corinthians 7:1

Ephesians 1:4

Galatians 5:16-17

I Thess. 5:23-24

I Peter 1:13-16

Our Healer

The pitcher speaks of oil for divine life and physical healing that come through obedience to God's Word.

"Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted...and by his wounds, we are healed." ~ Isaiah 53:4, 5b

References:

Exodus 15:26

Deut. 32:39

Psalm 30:2

Psalm 103:2-3

Psalm 107:19-20

Isaiah 53:4-5

Malachi 4:2

Matthew 8:16-17

Matthew 9:35

Matthew 15:30-31

Mark 6:12-13

Luke 4:18-19

Acts 3:16

Romans 8:11

I Cor. 6:19-20

II Cor. 4:10-11

James 5:13-16

I Peter 2:24

  

Our Coming King

The crown symbolizes the return of our Lord Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords.

"This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." ~ Acts 1:11b

References:

Isaiah 65:17

Joel 2:28-32

Micah 4:3-5

Haggai 2:6-7

Matthew 24:14

Matthew 24:42-44

John 14:1-4

Acts 1:11

I Thess. 4:16-18

Titus 2:12-13

Hebrews 9:28

James 5:7-8

I John 3:2-3