Bible:  We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God and is authoritative and sufficient for faith and practice.  We believe it is the standard by which all truth, understanding, knowledge, and counsel is evaluated. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21

Triune God: We believe in the one true and living God revealed in the Bible who exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each equal in every divine perfection but distinct in function within the Godhead.  He is the Creator and Ruler of heaven and earth, inexpressibly glorious and holy, and is worthy of all possible worship, honor, and devotion. Matthew 28:19;
2 Corinthians 13:14

God the Father: We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. John 4:24;
Psalm 147:5; Psalm 83:13; Hebrews 3:4; Romans 1:20; Isaiah 6:3; 1 Peter 1:15-16

Jesus Christ: We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. He was born of a virgin, lived a perfect sinless life, performed miracles, and taught the things of God. We believe in His substitutionary death upon the cross, His burial and subsequent bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:6-11; John 1:1, 14; Luke 24:36-43; John 20:24-26; Acts 1:9-11; Colossians 1:13-14; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Hebrews 8:1

The Holy Spirit: We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, comforter, and guide, leading all believers toward unity in Christ. John 15:26; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11; 2 Corinthians 13:14

Man: God made man – male and female – in His own image as the crown of His creation so that man might have fellowship with Him. But through rebellion and disobedience to God’s command, man entered into sin and suffered the just condemnation of physical and spiritual death. As a result, all people are separated from God by their sin and are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Jesus Christ. Genesis 3:1-6; 2 Samuel 12:15-23; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23, 5:12, 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; Galatians 3:10

Salvation: Salvation is a free gift that comes only by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, who by His death on the cross, bore the wrath and condemnation of God toward sin, crediting His perfect righteousness to those who trust in Him. Anyone who repents from their sin and believes in Jesus Christ alone for salvation receives forgiveness of sin and eternal life. John 1:12-13; John 3:3-16;
John 10:28-29; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 4:30; Isaiah 53:4-5; Romans 4:25; Romans 3:21-25; 1 John 4:10

Covenant Life: We believe God is a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God, and is the source of life and all necessary provision to those in relationship with Him. All those who are in covenant with God are also united in covenant relationship with one another. This means laying down their lives for one another, loving, forgiving, and serving one another, bearing each other’s burdens, and even offering correction and rebuke for the purpose of godliness when necessary. Genesis 12:1-7; Exodus 19:5-6; Matthew 26:28;
Hebrews 8:6; Hebrews 8:13

The Church: We believe the very nature and purpose of God is revealed in His Church.  Jesus established the Church as His body in the earth.  We believe the universal Church consists of all who submit in faith to Jesus' lordship, while the local church is a body of believing people, gathering regularly, observing baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and walking in covenant relationship with each other before God. We believe that Jesus Christ, who is the Head of the Church, has granted authority and given gifts to His body, including apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to equip and mature it to do His work in the earth. Acts 2:41-42; 2 Corinthians 8:5; Matthew 28:19; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:26; 1 Corinthians 12:14; Ephesians 4:11-16

Church Government: We believe the scriptures set each local church under the authority of a plurality of Elders or Pastors. The ministries of the church are additionally furthered through the faithful service of deacons. We believe the Lord commends His people toward covenant membership in local churches, under personal pastoral care for the maturing of character and development of both personal and corporate ministry. Acts 14:23; Acts 15:22; 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1:5-9

Gifts within the Church: We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and fills all believers. There are many varied scriptural expressions used to describe such encounters – among them are being baptized in the Holy Spirit, filled with the Holy Spirit, and anointed with the Holy Spirit.  These experiences should produce greater commitment to God's will, greater realization of His power, and greater edification of His Church. We further believe the Holy Spirit imparts gifts or abilities greater than our own to accomplish God's will. These gifts ought to be operative in the Church, supervised by mature leaders, and ministered in love by Christians whose lives reflect godly character. 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 2 Timothy 1:14; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:18; Acts 1:5; Matthew 3:11;
Acts 4:31; 1 Corinthians 12

Priesthood of Believers: By the shedding of His blood, Jesus has become our great High Priest and has granted each believer free access to the presence of the Father. There is no mediator between God and man except Jesus Christ. Each believer can now confidently come before God, receive from Him, and offer the sacrifice of worship and obedience. 1 Peter 2:5-9; Hebrews 4:14-16;
1 Timothy 2:5

Evangelism: We accept the commission of Jesus Christ, who is Lord, to make disciples of Him among all nations, in our neighborhoods, and in the next generation; seeking to baptize them and teach them to observe His commandments.  We join with all those believing in Him to accomplish this urgent task.  We accept this as a personal commission, as well as a Church commission. Matthew 28:16-20; Matthew 9:37-38; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:11-15; Philemon 6

Christ's Return: We believe in the imminent, visible, and glorious return of Jesus Christ. Christians are exhorted to be watchful and obedient until His appearing.  While there are many viewpoints concerning His second coming, we believe Christians should lovingly look for His appearing, giving full attention to obedience while He tarries.  We believe His appearing will occasion the resurrection of the righteous who have died and are now with Him. Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Acts 24:15

Last Days: We believe in the final judgment at the end of the age.  We believe both the righteous and the wicked shall stand before Him and be judged.  Those who are in Christ will be rewarded by sharing in God’s presence forever, serving Him, and offering Him unending praise and glory.  Those who are not in Christ will be eternally punished with Satan and His demons in hell. 2 Corinthians 5:10-11;
2 Thessalonians 1:6-12; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Acts 17:31; Revelation 20:11-12; Revelation 19:11

Baptism and Lord’s Supper: Through the teaching of scripture and Christ’s example, we believe in baptism by immersion in water. The obedience of baptism is for all those who have repented of their sins and who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the regular observance of the Lord's Supper by baptized believers as commemoration and proclamation of the Lord’s death, resurrection, and return. Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 3:5-6; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:12; 1 Corinthians 11:26; Matthew 26:26-29

Marriage: Both man and woman were created in God’s image, equal as persons and distinct in their manhood and womanhood. These distinctions are ordained by God as part of the created order, and should be honored and celebrated within the Church. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime; such uniting serves to fundamentally and profoundly depict the relationship of Christ and His Bride, the Church. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the Church, laboring sacrificially to provide for, protect, and lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the Church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:18; Ephesians 5:23-32

Civil Authority: We believe God is the author of all authority. He has ordained civil government for the establishment of order and peace in the nations. We believe it the task of the Church to speak prophetically to the nations, both by its proclamations and its lifestyle. Meanwhile, the Church is admonished to pray for and honor civil government. Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-2

 

JICC STATEMENT OF FAITH Bible: We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God and is authoritative and sufficient for faith and practice. We believe it is the standard by which all subsequent revelation is evaluated. Triune God: We believe in the one true and living God revealed in the Bible who exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each equal in every divine perfection but distinct in function within the Godhead. He is the Creator and Ruler of heaven and earth, inexpressibly glorious and holy, and is worthy of all possible worship, honor, and devotion. God the Father: We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ: We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. He was born of a virgin, lived a perfect sinless life, performed miracles, and taught the things of God. We believe in His substitutionary death upon the cross, His burial and subsequent bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. The Holy Spirit: We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, comforter, and guide. Man: God made man – male and female – in His own image as the crown of His creation so that man might have fellowship with Him. But through rebellion and disobedience to God’s command, man entered into sin and suffered the just condemnation of physical and spiritual death. As a result, all people are separated from God by their sin and are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Jesus Christ. Salvation: Salvation is a free gift that comes only by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, who by His death on the cross, bore the wrath and condemnation of God toward sin, crediting His perfect righteousness to those who trust in Him. Anyone who repents from their sin and believes in Jesus Christ alone for salvation receives forgiveness of sin and eternal life. Covenant Life: We believe God is a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God, and is the source of life and all necessary provision to those in relationship with Him. All those who are in covenant with God are also united in covenant relationship with one another. This means laying down their lives for one another, loving, forgiving, and serving one another, bearing each other’s burdens, and even offering correction and rebuke for the purpose of godliness when necessary. The Church: We believe the very nature and purpose of God is revealed in His Church. Jesus established the Church as His body in the earth. We believe the Church universal consists of all who live under Jesus' lordship, while the church local is a body of believing people, gathering regularly, observing baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and walking in covenant relationship with each other before God. We believe that Jesus Christ, who is the Head of the Church, has granted authority and given gifts to His body, including apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to equip and mature it to do His work in the earth. Church Government: We believe the scriptures set each local church under the authority of a plurality of Elders or Pastors. The ministries of the church are additionally furthered through the faithful service of deacons. We believe the Lord sets His people in Churches, under personal pastoral care for the maturing of character and development of their ministry. Gifts within the Church: We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and fills all believers. There are many varied scriptural expressions used to describe such encounters – among them are being baptized, filled, and anointed with the Holy Spirit. These experiences should produce greater commitment to God's will, greater realization of His power, and greater edification of His Church. We further believe the Holy Spirit imparts gifts or abilities greater than our own to accomplish God's will. These gifts ought to be operative in the Church, supervised by mature leaders, and ministered in love by Christians whose lives reflect godly character. Priesthood of Believers: By the shedding of His blood, Jesus has become our great High Priest and has granted each believer free access to the presence of the Father. There is no mediator between God and man except Jesus Christ. Each believer can now confidently come before God, receive from Him, and offer the sacrifice of worship and obedience. Evangelism: We accept the commission of Jesus Christ, who is Lord, to make disciples of Him among all nations, in our neighborhoods, and in the next generation; seeking to baptize them and teach them to observe His commandments. We join with all those believing in Him to accomplish this urgent task. We accept this as a personal commission, as well as a Church commission. Christ's Return: We believe in the imminent, visible, and glorious return of Jesus Christ. Christians are exhorted to be watchful and obedient until His appearing. While there are many viewpoints concerning His second coming, we believe Christians should lovingly look for His appearing, giving full attention to obedience while He tarries. We believe His appearing will occasion the resurrection of the righteous who have died and are now with Him. Last Days: We believe in the final judgment at the end of the age. We believe both the righteous and the wicked shall stand before Him and be judged. Those who are in Christ will be rewarded by sharing in God’s presence forever, serving Him, and offering Him unending praise and glory. Those who are not in Christ will be eternally punished with Satan and His demons in hell. Baptism and Lord’s Supper: Through the teaching of scripture and Christ’s example, we believe in baptism by immersion in water. The obedience of baptism is for all those who have repented of their sins and who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the regular observance of the Lord's Supper by baptized believers as commemoration and proclamation of the Lord’s death, resurrection, and return. Civil Authority: We believe God is the author of all authority. He has ordained civil government for the establishment of order and peace in the nations. We believe it the task of the Church to speak prophetically to the nations, both by its proclamations and its lifestyle. Meanwhile, the Church is admonished to pray for and honor civil government.

JICC STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

Bible:  We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God and our standardis authoritative and sufficient for faith and practice.  We believe it is the standard by which all subsequent revelation is evaluated.

 

Triune God: We believe in the one triune true and living God revealed in the Bible who exists eternally in three persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each equal in every divine perfection but distinct in function within the Godhead.  He is Creator, Redeemer, and the Sovereign Ruler of creation.  He is the Author of truth, love and faith. the Creator and Ruler of heaven and earth, inexpressibly glorious and holy, and is worthy of all possible worship, honor, and devotion.

 

God the Father: We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus Christ: We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. He was born of a virgin, lived a perfect sinless life, performed miracles, and taught the things of God. We believe in His substitutionary death upon the cross, His burial and subsequent bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.

 

The Holy Spirit: We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, comforter, and guide.

 

SinMan: God made man male and female – in His own image as the crown of His creation so that man might have fellowship with Him. But through rebellion and disobedience to God’s command, man entered into sin and suffered the just condemnation of physical and spiritual death. As a result, all people are separated from God by their sin and are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Jesus Christ.

 

Salvation: Salvation is a free gift that comes only by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, who by His death on the cross, bore the wrath and condemnation of God toward sin, crediting His perfect righteousness to those who trust in Him. Anyone who repents from their sin and believes in Jesus Christ alone for salvation receives forgiveness of sin and eternal life.We believe man's salvation is through renouncing his own self-determination, taking responsibility for his disobedience, and seeking forgiveness from God.  Further, we believe such a penitent person must put his faith in Jesus Christ - whom we believe to be the incarnate Son of God, who died substitutional for man's transgressions, who was raised from the dead on the third day, and ascended back to the Father.  The scriptural evidence that one has repented and put his faith in Jesus Christ includes public confession, baptism in water, and coming under the pastoral instruction of the Church to walk in the ways of God.

 

Covenant Life: We believe God is a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God, and.  That is, He has made certain commitments to those who respond to His love and who make certain commitments to Him. His promise of forgiveness and eternal life begins the moment one commits himself to Him.  (From His sovereign perspective He knows who are His.)  He is the source of life and all necessary provision to the one believingthose in relationship with Him.  This provision, including both spiritual and natural resources, is available in abundance. We believe those who accept his lordship would commit themselves to His will for their lives, and to His appointed pastoral care for them, to love the Church as He does.  Thus, aAll those who are in covenant with God are also united in covenant covenant relationship with one another. God made the New Covenant in the blood of Jesus Christ.  When one accepts Jesus as Lord, he pledges his life also to the will of God.  Jesus then sends the Holy Spirit to abide in the one believing, thus sealing the covenant, and writing it in his heart.

We believe that all who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and King are part of His kingdom and should live in covenant loyalty with one another.  This means laying down their lives for one another, lovingif necessary.  On a daily basis, it means learning to love one another in practical ways, forgiving one another, and serving one another, bearing each other’s burdens, and even offering correction and rebuke and correcting one another for the purpose of godliness  in a brotherly fashion when necessary.

 

The Church: We believe the very nature and purpose of God is revealed in His Church.  Jesus came and established it the Church as His body in the earth.  We believe the Church Universal universal consists of all who live under Jesus' lordship, while the cChurch local is a body of believing people, gathering regularly, observing baptism and the Lord’s Supperbaptized and joined together, and practicing the New Covenantwalking in covenant relationship with each other before God.  Since the Church is one; as God is one, the Church Local must seek to walk in harmony with the Church Universal. We believe that Jesus Christ, who is Lord the Head of the Church, has established government and ministry in the Church on earthgranted authority and given gifts to His body, including ; apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are set in the Church by the Lord to equip and mature it and inspire it to do His word work in the earth.

 

Church Government: We believe the scriptural normscriptures calls forset each local Church church to have aunder the authority of a plurality of Elders or Pastors with one Pastor presiding. The ministries of the church are additionally furthered through the faithful service of deacons.  We recognize, however, the validity for variety in Church governments as the Lord may lead other Christian groups.

We believe the Lord sets His people in Churches, under personal pastoral care for the maturing of character and development of their ministry.

 

Holy Spirit:Gifts within the Church: We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and fills all believers. There are many varied scriptural expressions used to describe such encounters among them are We believe there are many experiences that are valid encounters with God, the Holy Spirit.  "being bBaptizedaptism with the Holy Spirit," "filledFilled with the Holy Spirit," and "aAnointed with the Holy Spirit" are among those scriptural terms used to describe such encounters with the Holy Spirit.  These experiences should produce greater commitment to God's will, greater realization of His power, and greater edification of His Church.

We further believe the Holy Spirit imparts gifts or abilities greater than our own to accomplish God's will.  These gifts include miraculous healings, revelations and utterances.  These gifts ought to be operative in the Church, supervised by mature leaders, and ministered in love by Christians whose lives reflect godly character.

 

Prayer: We believe in prayer as a means of communication with God.  (God through His Son and the Son through the Holy Spirit.)

 

Priesthood of Believers: We believe in the priesthood of the believer.  By the shedding of His blood, Jesus has become the believer'sour great Highhigh priest Priest and has made it possible forgranted each Christian believerto have free access to the presence of the Father. There is no mediator between God and man except Jesus Christ.  In His presence, eEachach one believer can now confidently come to knowbefore God, and to receive from Him, and offer the sacrifice of worship and obedience.  Each Christian, likewise, is responsible to come to the Father in confidence and faith as a priest unto Him under the New Covenant and there to minister both the worship of his lips and the worship of his life sacrificially presented to God.

 

Freedom of Conscience: We believe in the freedom of conscience.  One is responsible for his own choices and behavior.  While God has ordained both civil and spiritual government, we believe each person is still directly accountable to Him.  Therefore, Pastors can give strong direction, and the Churches can make strong demands, but all services must be rendered voluntarily, joyfully and from a free conscience.  We see this reflected in the history of God's dealings with man.  God has always given strong direction, but has accepted only voluntary sacrifice and service.  His people are characterized by service, not slavery.

 

Evangelism: We believe in world evangelism.  We accept the commission of Jesus Christ, who is Lord, to make disciples to of Him in among all nations, in our neighborhoods, and in the next generation;, seeking to baptize them and teach them to observe His commandments.  We join with all those believing in Him to accomplish this urgent task.  We accept this as a personal commission, as well as a Church commission.

 

Civil Authority: We believe God is the author of all authority.  He has ordained civil government for the establishment of order and peace in the nations.  He has ordained government in His Church to bring it to righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  We believe there should be mutual respect between civil and spiritual authority. We believe it is the task of civil authority to maintain order and freedom among those responsible to it.  We believe it the task of the Church to speak prophetically to the nations, both by its proclamations and it's lifestyle.  The Church must faithfully proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord until every knee bows and tongue confesses that He is Lord to the glory of God.  Meanwhile, the Church is admonished to pray for and honor civil government.  We believe history shows that a Church supported by the state tends to lose its ability to represent God's will to that nation, and Christians of other persuasions tend to lose their freedom to worship after the dictates of their own conscience. We believe the Church should be supported by the tithes and offerings of those committed to its mission.  We further believe that when people serve God with a free spirit there is financial abundance to accomplish God's purpose.

 

Christ's Return: We believe in the imminent, visible, and glorious return of Jesus Christ will return to the earth in a visible way.  His purpose will be to manifest His government on the earth.  Christians are exhorted to be watchful and obedient until His appearing.  While there are many viewpoints concerning His second coming, we believe Christians should lovingly look for His appearing, giving full attention to obedience while He tarries.  We believe His appearing will occasion the resurrection of the righteous who have died and are now with Him.

 

JudgementLast Days: We believe in the final judgment at the end of the age.  We believe both the righteousness and the wicked shall stand before Him and be judged.  Those who have a faith-producing righteousnessare in Christ will be rewarded by sharing in God’s presence forever, serving Him, and offering Him unending praise and glory.with the privilege of ruling with Him and enjoying His eternal blessings.  Those who were wicked in relationship to God and man are not in Christ will be eternally punished with Satan and His demons in hell.

 

OrdinancesBaptism and Lord’s Supper: Through the teaching of scripture and Christ’s example, wWee believe in baptism by immersion in water. (Matthew 28:19 or Acts 2:23) The obedience of baptism isand it shall be administered to for all those who have repented of their sins and who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ to the saving of their souls, and who give clear evidence of their salvation.  (Romans 6:3-5, Colossians 2:12)We believe in the Ordinancein the regular observance of the Lord's Supper and it shall be observed regularlyby baptized believers as commemoration and proclamation of the Lord’s death, resurrection, and return. (Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

 

Civil Authority: We believe God is the author of all authority. He has ordained civil government for the establishment of order and peace in the nations. We believe it the task of the Church to speak prophetically to the nations, both by its proclamations and its lifestyle. Meanwhile, the Church is admonished to pray for and honor civil government.

Conclusion: These principles of our faith are foundations for God's ongoing leadership in our lives.  We realize that our statement of faith does not relieve us of the responsibility to live by faith.  We gratefully acknowledge those who have served Him in ages past and bless them in their eternal state for their faithfulness.  We acknowledge those who serve Jesus Christ now, whose doctrinal expressions are different from our own.  We desire to walk with them as brothers and sisters.  Our statements are not to be construed as walls, but as doors through which others may communicate with us and we with them.