What We Believe
These Articles of Faith constitute the doctrinal positions of Church Alive on a wide range of biblical subjects. They are not “Scripture,” but rather our attempt to express our understanding of Scripture. Their purpose is to promote a general “unity of faith” among the believers. At all times, the Bible remains the final arbiter of Truth.
I. We believe in one God revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
II. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, powerful miracles, the sacrifice of His vicarious and atoning death, and His bodily resurrection, ascension, and future return to earth as both Lord and King.
III. We believe in the absolute inspiration of Holy Scripture.
IV. We believe in faith and obedience to God’s Word, which, by the power of the Holy Spirit, develops a victorious and overcoming life.
V. We believe that justification and sanctification are by grace through faith in our Lord’s sacrificial death on the cross.
VI. We believe in partaking of the body and blood of Jesus through Holy Communion. Communion represents the broken body of Christ for our healing and the giving of His blood for the salvation of mankind.
VII. We believe that every convert is to be baptized in water. This “burial with Christ” accomplishes “circumcision of the heart.”
VIII. We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is an endowment of power available to every Christian subsequent to conversion; however, Scripture does not dictate that it is a requirement for salvation.
IX. We believe that the church is God’s highest institution on the earth. The message and mission of the church is the “gospel of the Kingdom,” which simply means the rule of God.
X. We believe in the literal second coming of our Lord, His literal rule upon the earth, the rapture of the church, the resurrection of the saved unto eternal life and the unsaved to eternal damnation, and the ultimate victory of the eternal kingdom of God.
XI. We believe the sanctity of marriage is between one man and one woman.
XII. We are pro-life and believe in the sanctity of human life in the womb.