What We Believe
Who We Are:
The International Christian Churches (ICC) is a group of sold-out disciples devoted to Jesus Christ with the purpose of seeking and saving the lost. We encourage everyone to enter into our First Principles study series for making disciples.
We look forward to tremendous growth spiritually, emotionally and numerically in the years to come. Our goal is to be a church full of disciples that love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love each other just as Jesus loves us (Matthew 22:37-40, John 13:34-35). We want to lead the way in laying down our lives for each other and emphasize the need for every disciple to be a committed servant in the body of Christ (I John 3:16, Mark 10:43-45). We want to reach out within our community and share our faith, so that through us, God can make disciples of all the nations living around us (Matthew 28:18-20) and bring them into a loving, serving and maturing body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16).
With the Lordship of Jesus Christ in mind, we emphasize the following seven areas:
1. Worship – The primary finction of the family of God is to be a worshipping community in attitude and lifestyle (Matthew 4:!0, John 4:23-24, Romans 12:1-2). In our worship services we want to experience the presence of God as we express honor, gratitude, awe, humility and brokenness before Him. Our walk with God should be a daily and consistent focus.
2. Holiness – A desire to be like Him should flow from effective worship. God desires us to come out and be separate so we can show the world His holiness (Leviticus 11:45, I Thessalonians 4:7). We believe holiness is bigger than just avoiding sin and should focus on developing a taste and passion for God and a hunger for righteousness. Jesus must be the Lord of our lives.
3. Family – We believe that Christianity is a “one-another” religion. We are the family of God! We share a common faith, common blood and a common love for God and each other. Our commitment is to love, forgive, encourage, serve, lay down our lives, and to share our possessions and our hearts with each other (Romans 12, I Corinthians 12, Galatians 5:13-26).
4. Discipling – We are committed, not only to baptizing people into Christ (Acts 2:38, Ephesians 4:1-7) but to growing spiritually, training and equipping disciples for the kingdom/life (Ephesians 4:11-16). We recognize the biblical mandate to help each other grow as we believe in accountability, seeking and giving biblical advice and incorporating guidance through prayer.
5. Serving – Our church is a church built on the biblical concept of ministering to the world’s hurts and needs. Jesus’ goal in life was to give up His life for others (John 12:24-26). The servant-heart of sacrifice – showing concern for others and a willingness to give up time and money – is deeply rooted in the theme of the Old Testament and New Testament.
6. Evangelism – We are committed to testify to the world that Jesus is our Lord and Savior (I Peter 2:9-10; I Peter 3:!5). Evangelism should be personal and natural. We will provide small groups as well as larger meetings to encourage a deep commitment to sharing the good news.
7. Benevolence – We are committed to making a difference in our world around us. Jesus taught that His followers are the salt, light, and leaven in a world that needs to elevate its’ morals and standards (Matthew 5:13-16). We want to influence our neighbors through marriage help, child-rearing classes, generosity, meals, adoptions, helping widows and orphans, the poor and sick both in our community and in our world.
What We Believe:
1. There is one true God who reveals himself to the world as The Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Jesus, the Son of God, is our one and only Lord and Savior, crucified for our sins and physically resurrected from the dead on the third day (John 14:6 ; Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 15 ).
2. The Bible is the only written message of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Peter 1:19-21).
- 3. A person is saved by the grace of God and the blood of Jesus Christ. A person must, through faith and obedience, reach out to receive this free gift of salvation (Ephesians 1:1-10; James 2:14-26).
4. As with the first Christians, when a person repents and is baptized their sins are forgiven and the Holy Spirit begins to work in their life (Acts 2:36-41; Romans 8:5-11).
5. Only baptized disciples are members of Christ’s church (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
6. After baptism every Christian needs to be discipled–called/taught to obey the Scriptures by other Christians (Matthew 28:20).
7. Every disciple must be committed to the vision of taking God’s Word to build churches by making disciples of all every nation in this generation (Matthew 24:14; Colossians 1:6, 23)