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ICF Affirmation of Faith


I. The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in
the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and
that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32

II. The Trinity
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three
persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute
distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and
Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19,20; Ephesians 4:5,6

III. God the Father
We believe in God the Father, infinite, personal; perfect in holiness, wisdom,
power and love. We believe that He sovereignly brings about 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 whom he draws to
himself, who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3;
Revelation 1:6

IV. Jesus Christ

We believe in the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son,
conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, fully God and fully  man. We believe
in His sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary
atoning death and the accounting of Christ's righteousness to every believer; His
bodily resurrection, ascension into and enthronement in heaven; His perpetual
intercession, and personal visible return to earth for His people.
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:4; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter
2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Hebrews
7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16

V. The Holy Spirit
We believe in the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit, promised by the Father,
and poured out by the 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 and guide, and distributor of spiritual gifts
given for the building up of his church.
Acts 2:33; John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19;
Galatians 5:22-26; I Corinthians 12:7

VI. Regeneration

We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and
thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from
God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and
are sinners both by choice and by nature and therefore under condemnation.
We believe that those who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit become new
creatures, repenting and forsaking sin and trusting Jesus Christ as Savior.
Genesis. 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13;
8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3, 20; 20:10, 14, 15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7;
Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; I John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13;
II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1; Isaiah 59:2; John 3:5; John 6:44; Acts 16:14; I Corinthians 2:14;
Romans 3:11; Ephesians 2:4-5; Colossians 2:13

VII. The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body, of which Christ is the
head and all regenerated persons are members. Immanuel Christian Fellowship
is a local church; we exist to give God the glory and honor He alone deserves.
Immanuel is a community of believers, assembling in God's presence for
worship, work, fellowship, and the ministry of His Word, and who are committed
to giving the gospel of the grace of God in Jesus Christ to a lost world and to the
edification of the believer.
Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25; Matthew 16.15-18;
I Timothy 3:15; II Timothy 2:19; I Peter 2:5,9

VIII. Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live, for the glory of God and the well-being of
his fellow men, a Spirit-filled life: a life that reflects a personal commitment to
following the example of Jesus Christ, including the pursuit of obedience to
God's commands; working to keep one's reputation above reproach; to be a
faithful steward of one's possessions, time and gifts; and seeking to realize for
oneself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ; all as an expression of
Christian faith and the inner working of God's grace.
Matthew 22:39; I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; I John
2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Col. 1:9-10

IX. The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local
church, baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is a
believers public testimony of faith. We believe that the Lord's Supper was
instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two
ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord
Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26

X. Religious Liberty
We believe that every Christian has direct relations with God, and is responsible
to God alone in all matters of faith and that each church is independent and
self-governing. We believe that civil government is ordained of God and that
believers are subject, except when such government commands us to disobey God.
I Timothy 2:5; Romans 14:7-9,12

XI. Church Cooperation
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by
cooperating with one another.
Acts 15:36,41; 16:5; I Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:1-3; Revelations 1:4,10,11

XII. The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth
and the heavenly establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection
of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the
eternal consequences of heaven and hell.
Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1;
Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15

XIII. The Reality and personality of Satan

We believe in the existence of Satan, sin, and evil powers, and that all these
have been defeated by God in the cross of Christ.

Luke 4:1-13; Job 1.6-12; I Peter 5:8; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:14-15