These We Believe
THE TWENTY-TWO (22) TENETS OF FOURSQUARE GOSPEL
THIS WE BELIEVE; THE FOURSQUARE DECLARATION OF FAITH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Bible is God-inspired; perfect, with no mistakes; that God told certain men thousands of years ago what to write in it; that it is there to help us and to show everybody Jesus-the Son of God, the Savior of mankind; that it tells people how to live and be saved. (Matt. 24:35;2 Timothy 3:16,17; Psa. 119:105; 2Pet. 1:19-21; 2Tim. 2:15).
THE ETERNAL GODHEAD.
We believe THAT THERE IS ONE God, Creator of the universe, eternal, holy, loving, all-powerful and deserving of our praise and thanks; and that, in the unity of Godhead, there are three, equal and divine: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit;
The Father the King of the Universe, full of Glory and Majesty, whose justice demands that sin be punished, but whose love sent His own Son to take that punishment for us.
The Son Jesus Christ, who has always been with the Father, who was born to the virgin Mary by the power of God in Israel about 2000 years ago, who taught and healed people, who died on the cross to take away sins, who lived again to defeat death, who lives with those who believe in him and defends them in heaven.
The Holy Spirit the Spirit of God, always with the Father and Son, but now also with believers in Christ, sent by him to guide and help them and also in the world to draw people to God and salvation. (Deut. 6:4; John 1:1-3; Matt.1: 23; 1John 5:7; Isa.9: 6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1Jn. 5:7).
THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that by voluntary disobedience he fell from perfection. (Gen1: 27; Gen 3:1-24; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:19)
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-Jesus. (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Isa. 55:7; Heb. 7:25;).
SALVATION THROUGH GRACE
We believe that we have no righteousness and must come to God pleading the righteousness of Christ (Ephesians 2:8;Rom. 3:10; Rom. 3:23; Isa. 64:6; John 6:47; Eph. 2:13).
REPENTANCE AND ACCEPTANCE
We believe that upon sincere repentance, and a whole-hearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God (I John 1:9; Rom. 5:1,2; Rom. 8:1; Luke 1:77-79; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20)..
THE NEW BIRTH
We believe that the change, which takes place in the heart and life at conversion, is a very real one (John 3:3; 2Cor. 5:17; John 15:19; Gal. 2:20; Psa. 1:1,2).
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; 1Thess. 4:3; 2Cor. 7:1; Heb. 6:1; Rom. 8:5; Isa. 35:8)..
BAPTISM & THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that baptism by immersion in water is a sign to the world of our new birth; that, just as Christ was placed in consider our old self and nature dead and so are we “buried” in water and come up again to eternal life. (Matt.28: 19;Rom.6:4; Acts 2:41).
We believe in the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper by the symbolic use of the bread and juice of the vine (I Corinthians 11:24, 25; 1Cor. 11:26; 1Cor. 11; 28; 2Cor. 13:5)..
BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is to endue the believer with power; and that His incoming is after the same manner as in Bible days (Acts 2:4)..
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 FRUIT 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 (I Corinthians 12:1-11; Galatians 5:22)..
We believe that the experience and daily walk of the believer should never lead him into extremes of fanaticism (Philippians 4:5)..
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 SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent (I Thessalonians 4:16, 17)..
We believe it is our sacred duty to identify ourselves with the visible Body of Christ (Acts 16:5; Hebrews 10:25)..
We believe that rulers should be upheld at all times except in things opposed to the will of God (Romans 13:1-5)..
THE FINAL JUDGEMENT
We believe that all shall stand some day before the judgment seat of God, and there receive eternal life or death (2 Corinthians 5:10).
We believe that Heaven is the glorious eternal home of born-again believers (John 14:1-3; Revelation 7:15-17).
We believe that hell is the place of eternal torment for all who reject Christ as the Savior (Revelation 20:10,15).
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).