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These We Believe (a.k.a. Our Tenets of Faith)

Our belief is based on core biblical truths, which we call the 22 tenets of faith, as drafted by Foursquare founder Aimee Semple McPherson.

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 perfection (Romans 5:12).

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).

SALVATION THROUGH GRACE

We believe that we have no righteousness and must come to God pleading for the righteousness of Christ (Ephesians 2:8).

REPENTANCE AND ACCEPTANCE

We believe that we are justified before God if we repent and accept Christ wholeheartedly (I John 1:9).

THE NEW BIRTH

We believe that the change that 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 AND THE LORD’S SUPPER

We believe that baptism by immersion is an outward sign of an inward work (Matt. 28:19). 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).

BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is to endow the believer with power; and that His incoming is in 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).

MODERATION

We believe that the experience and daily walk of the believer should never lead him into extremes of fanaticism (Philippians 4:5).

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 SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent (I 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).

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).

THE FINAL JUDGEMENT

We believe that everyone will stand before God's judgment seat one day and be given eternal life or death (2 Corinthians 5:10).

HEAVEN

We believe that heaven is the glorious eternal home of born-again believers (John 14:1-3; Revelation 7:15–17).

HELL

We believe that hell is the place of eternal torment for all who reject Christ as their Savior (Revelation 20:10, 15).

EVANGELISM

We believe that winning souls is the most important responsibility of the church (James 5:20).

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

We believe that the method ordained by God for the support and spread of His cause is the giving of tithes and free-will offerings (Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:7).