What we believe
Statement of Faith
As part of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, we are:
Interdenominational in spirit
Evangelical in message and
International in project.
The Foursquare Declaration of Faith, which lays out our basic doctrine, was drafted by Foursquare founder Aimee Semple McPherson. An abbreviated version is below.
The Holy Scriptures – We believe the Bible is God-inspired. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The Eternal Godhead – We believe God is Triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 13:14)
The Fall of man – We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that by voluntary disobedience he fell from innocence and purity. (Romans 5:12)
Salvation through grace – We believe that we have no righteousness and must come to God pleading the righteousness of Christ. (Ephesians 2:8)
The Plan of Salvation – We believe that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, signing the pardon of all who believe on Him. (John 3:16; Romans 5:8)
Repentance and Acceptance – We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that by voluntary disobedience he fell from innocence and purity. (Romans 5:12)
The New Birth – We believe that the change which takes place in the heart and life at conversion is a very real one.(2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20)
Daily Christian living – We believe that it is the will of God that we be sanctified daily, growing constantly in the faith. (Hebrews 6:1)
Baptism with The Holy Spirit – We believe that the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is to endure the believer with power; and that His incoming is after the same manner as in Bible days. (Acts 2:4)
Baptism and The Lord's Supper – We believe that Baptism by immersion is an outward sign of an inward work. We believe in the commemoration of the Lord's Supper by the symbolic use of the bread and juice of the vine.
(Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24, 25)
The Spirit-filled Life – We believe that it is the will of God that we walk in the Spirit daily. (Ephesians 4:30-32)
The Gifts and Fruits of The Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit has gifts to bestow upon the Christian; and that we should show spiritual fruit as evidence of a Spirit-filled life. (1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Galatians 5:22)
Moderation – We believe that the experience and daily walk of the believer should never lead him into extremes of fanaticism. (Philippians 4:5 KJV)
Divine Healing – We believe that divine healing is the power of Christ to heal the physically sick in answer to the prayer of faith. (James 5:14-16)
The Final Judgment – We believe that all shall stand some day before the Judgement Seat of God, and there receive eternal life or death. (2 Corinthians 5:10)
The Second Coming of Christ – We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent.
(1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17)
Church Relationship – We believe it is our sacred duty to identify ourselves with the visible Body of Christ.
(Acts 16:5; Hebrews 10:25)
Heaven – We believe that heaven is the glorious eternal home of born-again believers. (John 14:1-3;
Hell – We believe that hell is the place of eternal torment for all who reject Christ as the Saviour.
Civil Government – We believe that rulers should be upheld at all times except in things opposed to the will of God. (Romans 13:1-5)
Evangelism – We believe that soul winning is the most important responsibility of the Church. (James 5:20)
Tithes and Offerings – We believe that the method ordained of God for the support and spread of His cause is by giving of tithes and free-will offerings. (Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:7)