|Faith and Doctrine
Section l. Articles of Biblical Faith
Each and every person, church, or organization, in order to become or remain a member of IFCA International, shall be required to subscribe to the following articles of faith:
1 The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12,13).
2 The Godhead
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – coeternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
3 The Person and Work of Christ
a. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been
conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35).
b. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary
c. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our
4 The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
a. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that
b. We believe that He is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all
5 The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 3:22,23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18,19).
7 The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
a. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John
b. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of
8 The Two Natures of the Believer
a. We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and,
b. We believe that sexual intimacy is a wonderful gift of God that is only to be expressed between one man and one
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 5:19,20).
11 The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
a. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and
teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and, that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12).
b. We believe that the biblical offices of pastor and elder in the church, or their equivalents, are restricted to biblically
c. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted
12 The Church
a. We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all
b. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New
c. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31;
d. We believe in the ordinances of believer’s water baptism and the Lord’s supper as scriptural means of testimony for
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these -- the age of law, the age of the Church, and the age of the millennial kingdom -- are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (John 1:17; 1 Corinthians 9:17; 2 Corinthians 3:9-18; Galatians 3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10; Colossians 1:24,25; Hebrews 7:19; Revelation 20:2-6).
14 The Personality of Satan
15 The Second Advent of Christ
16 The Eternal State
a. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and
b. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in
c. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when