The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God; it is absolutely true, enduring, and unchangeable (2 Timothy 3:16, 17. Matthew 24:35).
The Eternal Godhead
We believe in the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The three parts of the Trinity are co-existent and co-eternal, which means they have always existed and always will exist together. They are co-equal in divine perfection, which means no person of the Trinity is more powerful or more perfect than any other person in the Trinity (1 John 5:7).
The Fall of Man
We believe Adam and Eve, the precursors of the entire human race, were created in the image of God; however, they disobeyed God and became sinners. Through Adam, all people inherited sin’s nature and consequences, and all are in need of a Redeemer (Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12, 19).
The Plan of Redemption
We believe Christ died for all of us while we were still sinners. He took the punishment for our sin. With His own blood, He purchased salvation and redemption for all who believe in Him (John 3:16; Isaiah 53:5; Titus 2:14).
Salvation Through Grace
We believe salvation is totally an act of God’s grace which is accessed through faith in Jesus Christ. No person can be good enough to earn salvation, and “being good” does not contribute to receiving God’s love and favor (Ephesians 2:8, 13).
Repentance and Acceptance
We believe when people repent for their sins and accept Christ, they are justified through Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. To repent means to be sorry for sins, but it also means to turn away from a sinful lifestyle. Accepting Christ means believing in Him as the only Savior. To be justified means being declared “not guilty” in regard to sin (Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 1:9).
The New Birth
We believe the change which takes place in people when they are “born again” is very real. They receive righteousness through Jesus Christ, and they are empowered by the Holy Spirit; therefore, they should have new desires, interests, and pursuits (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Daily Christian Life
We believe people who have been born again grow in sanctification. This means they separate themselves from the value system of the world and embrace and live according to the values of the kingdom of God which Jesus proclaimed. As they do so, they increase in holiness, faith, power, prayer, love, and service (2 Corinthians 7:1).
Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe people who have been born again should be baptized. We believe baptism by immersion is an outward sign of an inward work (Matt. 28:19). Jesus Himself was baptized and instructed His followers to be baptized. Baptism also confirms Christ is the Lord and King in each believer’s life (Romans 6:4). We believe in observing the Lord’s supper, or communion, just as Jesus instructed. This means born-again believers take the broken bread and the fruit of the vine as a remembrance and celebration of the new life which is theirs because of Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection. It is also looking forward to His return as triumphant King (1 Corinthians 11:24-26)
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience which follows salvation. All believers have God’s Spirit within them. Holy Spirit baptism empowers believers to exalt Jesus, to live lives of holiness, and to be witnesses of God’s saving grace. We believe those who experience Holy Spirit baptism today will experience it in the same manner believers experienced it in the early church (Acts 1: 5, 8; 2:4).
The Spirit-Filled Life
We believe born-again believers should be people who pray and who allow the Holy Spirit to shape their values and behaviors every day; their lives should exemplify love, honesty, and sincerity (Ephesians 4:30-32).
The Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit gives ministry gifts to believers; in other words, the Holy Spirit gives people special abilities for ministry. These gifts will build up groups of believers and help them mature in Christian faith (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). Further, Spirit-filled believers should show the spiritual “fruit” which has been given to them: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control (Romans 12:6-8; Galatians 5:22-25).
We believe Christians should avoid excess and their moderation should be obvious to others. Their commitment to Christ should be deep and sincere, but they should not indulge in or lead other people into extremes of fanaticism. Christians should be well thought of, balanced, humble and self-sacrificing, reflecting Christ’s grace and character in all areas of their lives (Colossians 3:12, 13; Philippians 4:5).
We believe Jesus Christ heals people who are sick. God does not change; He is still willing and able to heal the body, as well as the soul and spirit, in response to faith (Mark 16: 17, 18; James 5:14-16).
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent; we are as certain His second coming will occur as we are His first coming is a historical fact. No one knows the exact time of His coming, but believers will continue to spread the gospel around the world until He does come again. At that time, the Lord Himself will descend from heaven, the dead Christians will be resurrected, and believers will be taken up to meet the Lord in the air (Matthew 24:36, 42, 44; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).
We believe it is essential for all believers to join with and become part of a congregation of other believers. It is important to worship together, observe the ordinances of the church, encourage and support one another, and work together to advance the kingdom of God (Hebrews 10:24, 25).
We believe civil government is established by divine appointment; civil laws should be upheld at all times, except when they are in opposition to the Word of God (Romans 13:1-7).
We believe everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Born-again believers will be sent to a place of everlasting life. Nonbelievers will be sent to a place of everlasting punishment (Revelation 20:11, 12; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
We believe heaven is the habitation of the living God and the eternal home of born-again believers (John 14:2; Revelation 7:15-17).
We believe hell is a place of darkness, deep sorrow, and pain, which was not prepared for man but for the devil and his angels; it will become the place of eternal separation from God for all who reject Christ as Savior (Matthew 13: 41, 42; Revelation 20:10, 15).
We believe evangelizing and making disciples is the primary “business” of the church; every hindrance to worldwide evangelism should be removed (James 5:20; Mark 16:15).
Tithing and Offerings
We believe tithing (giving 10 percent of earnings) and offerings (amounts determined by the individuals) are God’s instruments to carry on His ministry, spread the gospel, and release personal blessing (Malachi 3:10; 1 Corinthians 16: 1, 2).
*Here you will find an expanded version of The Foursquare Church Declaration of Faith.