INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme final authority in doctrine and practice 2 Tim. 3:16 17; 2 Pet. 1: 21).
We believe in one God eternally existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who have the same nature and attributes but who are distinct in office and activity (Matt. 28:19; 11 Cor. 13:14).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption and salvation is fulfilled by His literal physical death on the cross and resurrection from the dead (Jn. 1:1, 14, 18; Lk. 1:35; Rom. 3:24 26; 4:25). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God where, as High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy for His people (Heb. 1:3; 3:1; 7:23-25; 1 Jn. 2:1-2). We believe in the personal, return of the Lord Jesus Christ to redeem His bride the church.
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that God the Holy Spirit is a person who restrains evil in the world and convicts men of sin. He also regenerates those who receive Christ as Savior, baptizes them into the Body of Christ, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts on each one and fills those who yield to Him (Jn. 3:8;14:16-17; 16.7.-11:1 Cor. 12:4 11,13; Eph. 4:30; 5:18).
We believe all things in heaven and earth were created by God and exist by His power (Gen, :), Col.); 16-) 7). We believe that man was created innocent and in the image and likeness of God but that he sinned bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and his posterity. We believe that man has inherited a sinful nature, is separated from God, and is in need of salvation (Gen. 1:27, 2:17; 3:19, Eph. 2:1-3).
We believe that salvation is a gift of God and is received by humanity through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. We believe that humanity is Justified by grace through faith apart from works (Acts 13:36-39, Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-10).
We believe that sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God, is positional, and progressive, Positionally sanctification is already complete since the believer is in Christ and is set apart unto God. Since he retains his sinful nature, however, there is need for progressive sanctification whereby the Christian grows in grace by the power of the Spirit. (John 17:17; II Cor. 3:18; Eph. 5:25-27, 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 10:10, 14).
We believe that the Church, the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism, made up of all born-again persons of this present age. We believe that the Church began at Pentecost and that a believer is placed into the Church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Church is distinct from Israel (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Cor. 10:32; 12:13).
We believe that the local church is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ who are voluntarily joined together in one locality for the purposes of worship, study of the Word of God, observance of the ordinances, Christian fellowship, and to be equipped for Christian service (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Cor. 1:1-2; Eph. 4:1 1 -13).
THE ORDINANCES OF BAPTISM AND COMMUNION
We believe that Christ instituted the ordinances of water baptism and communion which are to be observed by believers until He returns (Matt.28:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26). We believe that by water baptism a believer is publicly identified with his savior, that the mode should-be immersion, unless extenuating circumstances such as illness require pouring or sprinkling, that infants of believing parents may be dedicated to the Lord but not baptized.
We believe that communion is a memorial of Christ's death, the elements being symbols of His body and blood. We believe that every Christian has the right to partake of the elements of communion.
Carlos de Freitas