We do not presume to say that these fundamental truths represent the final word on Biblical truth, and we shall probably have occasion to refine, revise, and enlarge parts of it as we pursue our way in God. We are persuaded, however, that it is consistent with truth and right purpose to “Set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us” (Luke 1:1). The following constitutes the ICCM Fundamental Truths!
1. The One True God
We believe that the one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent I AM, the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit or the tri-unity of the Godhead (Deut. 6:4, Isa. 43:10-11, Matt. 28:19, Luke 3:22).
2. The Bible Inspired
We believe that the Bible, the accepted Canon of the Sacred Scriptures, is a supreme revelation verbally inspired by God to man, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to reason, and is therefore our infallible, authoritative rule of faith and practice (John 17:17, Rom. 12:1-2, 1 Thes. 2:13, 2 Tim. 3:15-17, 2 Pet. 1:19-21).
3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
We therefore believe that Jesus Christ came into the world to reveal the Father and was the brightness of His Glory and the express image of His Person, that Jesus Christ was the Creator of all things, for by Him the worlds were made. The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare: His virgin birth (Isa. 9:6, 7, Matt. 1:23, Luke 1:30-35), His sinless life (Heb. 7:26, 1 Pet. 2:22), His miracles (Acts 2:22, 10:38), His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Cor. 15:3, 2 Cor. 5:21), His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matt. 28:6, Luke 24:39, 1 Cor. 15:4), and His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 11, 2:33, Phil. 2:9-11, Heb. 1:3).
4. The Lordship of Christ
Wherefore, we acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ over all things in heaven, and in the earth and under the earth (Matt. 28:18, Acts 2:36, Rom. 10: 1-13, 1 Cor. 12:3, Phil. 2:9-10).
5. The Fall of Man
We believe that man, by voluntary transgression, fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first rested, into a state of death in trespasses and sins, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual depravity and death or separation from God in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God, until he is delivered by the power of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God (Gen. 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6, Psa. 51:5, John 8:32-36, Rom. 5:21, 6:23).
6. The New Birth
We believe the words of Jesus that “Ye must be born again,” that being born again signifies the partaking in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (John 3:3-7, 1 Cor. 15:1-4), that “By grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God – not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). We further believe that the emphasis for a continual walk in grace should be of heart righteousness and purity. We hold that all believers must live a pure life, being an example to both the believing and the unbelieving (Rom. 4:1-5, 2 Cor. 7:1, Col. 4:5, 1 Thes. 4:12).
7. The Work of Repentance and Faith in God
We believe that repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ produces the work of justification in the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Christ, the believer is brought onto the grounds of the New Covenant and made a partaker of the death of Christ.
8. The Church is the Body of Christ
We believe that the true Church is the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:12-27), not intended to be the edifice or institution, but the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit.
9. The Mission of the Church
To be an agency for evangelizing the world (Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 1:8). To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Cor. 12:13). To be a channel of Gods purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His son (1 Cor. 12:28, 14:12, Eph. 4:11-16).
10. The Ordinances of the Church
Baptism in water
Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper
11. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an important and necessary experience in the life of every believer, which is not dependent upon a believer’s worthiness, but is a free gift of God. (John 3:3-7, Acts 2:38, Eph. 1:13). We therefore believe that all believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect to receive the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all believers in the early Christian Church (Luke 24:29, Acts 1:4, 8, 11:14-16). With the Baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39, Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43, Heb. 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42).
12. The Physical Sign of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We hold that God has provided glossolalia as a prayer language for the purpose of intercession, praise and communication with God, and that all believers may speak with other tongues. The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and afterwards has a continual twofold aspect, as speaking to God and speaking to men (Isa. 28:11-12, Eze. 36:26, Acts 2:4, 10:44-48, 19:6, 1 Cor. 14).
13. The Sacrament of Holy Communion
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of bread and the fruit of the vine, is an expression of faith in our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 10:16-17), and is enjoined on all believers until He comes (1 Cor. 11:16).
14. The Healing of the Body
We believe divine healing is an integral part of the Gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isa. 53:4-5, Matt. 8:16- 17, Acts 4:30, 1 Cor. 12:9, Jas. 5:14-16).
15. The Unity of the Body
We believe that we are one Body being members one of another, and that the basis of our fellowship is in Christ in the power of the Spirit (Psa. 133, Rom. 12:3-8, 1 Cor. 12, Eph. 2:13-22, 4:3-6, Col. 3:15).
16 The Local Church
We believe in the autonomy of the local church expression, and adherence to the Scriptural revelation of its life, ministry, and worship (Matt. 18:20, Eph. 4-6, 5:18-20, Phil. 3:3, Col. 3:16, 1 Tim. 3, Tit. 1:5-9, Heb. 10:25, Heb. 13:15, 17).
We believe that sanctification is a definite yet progressive work of grace, as taught in the Scriptures, which leads to holiness (Rom. 6:22) and that God by the Holy Spirit, definitely calls who He desires, both male and female, to serve in their calling. God qualifies the ones called with power, talent, wisdom, and gifts (2 Pet. 1:10).
18. The Tithe is Holy
We believe that the tithe (10% of one’s individual gross earnings) is Holy unto God. We believe that “bringing all the tithes into the storehouse” of the local Church and giving freewill offerings is to be practiced continually by all believers and is an outward expression of the Lordship of Christ in the believer and the unity of the Church, the Body of Christ, as it joins together in support of the work of the Lord (Gen. 14:18-20, 28:20-22, Lev. 27:30-32, Prov. 3:9-10, Mal. 3:6-18, Matt. 23:23, 1 Cor. 16:1-2, Heb. 6:20, 7:1-10).
19. The Blessed Hope
We believe in the resurrection of those who are dead in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church (John 5:28-29, Rom. 8:23, 1 Cor. 15:51-52, 16:22, 1 Thes. 4:16-17, Tit. 2:13).
20. The Personal Return of Our Lord
We believe in the personal return of our Lord and the restitution of all things spoken by the mouth of all the prophets since the world began (Matt. 23:39, 25:31, 24:42-44, Mark 14:62, Acts 1:11, 3:19-21, 1 Thes. 4:14-18).
21. The Final Judgment
We believe that the fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matt. 24:36-51, 25:46, Rom. 6:23, 2 Thes. 1:5-9, Rev. 20:11-15, 21:8).
22. The New Heaven and New Earth
We believe that there shall be a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (Isa. 65:17, 66:22, 2 Pet. 3:13, Rev. 21:1).