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ICTA Statement of Faith

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative word of God.
  2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  4. We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary.
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Notes

This identical statement is used by EFMA [1], NAE [2], and many more.

Almost-identical versions (with the same major elements yet some wording changes) are used by IMA [3], WEA (2002[4] and 1951[5]) and more.

We are also theologically comfortable with other evangelical statements of faith that share the same essentials, yet go into some more depth (such as IFMA [6]) or a lot more breadth and depth, such as the Lausanne Covenant, used by LCWE [7], AIMS [8], and others.

Individual denominations and churches typically add a variety of distinctives to their belief statements. ICTA avoids endorsement of such details, hoping to provide common ground for a broad community of Jesus-followers who agree in the essentials of the faith.