Statement of Faith
By participating in activities governed by I Choose Life Ministries (ICL Ministries), all affiliates of I Choose Life Ministries, including but not limited to, the Board of Directors, full-time and part-time staff, volunteers, mentees, parents and other affiliates of ICL Ministries, are knowingly aware of the inherent nature of ICL Ministries operations.
As a registered religious organization under section 501(c)(3), we operate under the following ideology:
Section I: Beliefs
A. The Bible. We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the inerrant and infallible Word of God. It was inspired by God and is the only certain and authoritative rule of every aspect of the Christian life.
B. The Trinity. We believe there is only one true and living God. We believe God is existent as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In all things we owe Him alone the highest love, reverence, and obedience. Members of the Trinity have individual attributes, but without division of essence, character, nature, or being.
C. God the Father. We believe there is only one God, who produced, preserves, and regulates over the universe. The historical account of creation found in Genesis declares that God is the personal and direct Creator of all that exists, including the first humans Adam and Eve, from whom all human beings have come.
D. God the Son: Jesus Christ. We believe Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity and is the eternal Son of God. Formulated of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, Jesus lived a sinless life, perfectly revealing and completing the will of God. His sacrificial atonement on the cross made provision for the redemption of sinful humanity. He was crucified and rose on the third day and ascended to the Father. Jesus alone is adequate as Savior and rules as Sovereign of the universe. He sits at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for believers, and He is the only mediator between God and humanity. In Him “dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9 NKJV) and He is “over all, the eternally blessed God” (Romans 9:5 NKJV).
E. Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and is fully divine. The Holy Spirit convicts individuals of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and enables believers to comprehend God’s truth as revealed in Scripture. The Holy Spirit occupies and empowers believers for godly service, worship, and witness.
F. Humanity. We believe God originally created humanity in His own image, and Adam and Eve were created in perfection. Through Satan’s temptation, they fell from their original perfection into sin. All human beings are sinners, fall short of God’s standard of perfection, and are consequently under God’s condemnation. The only remedy for sin is individual salvation through faith alone in Jesus Christ, separately from human merit and works.
G. Salvation. We believe that salvation involves the redemption of the whole person and is offered as a free gift to all who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior by repentance and faith alone. Salvation is solely provided by God’s grace and cannot be achieved through any human work. To be effective, however, it must be appropriated by the God-given free choice of individuals apart from any human merit or effort. Salvation is not possible apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ, and those who die without receiving Jesus as Savior go into everlasting torment and eternal separation from a loving God.
H. Baptism & the Lord's Supper. We believe that Jesus Christ commanded us to be baptized and to partake of the Supper in his name.
(a) We believe that baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of God
the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, signifying redemption through the
death and resurrection of Jesus Christ together with the believer’s death to sin and
resurrection to newness of life.
(b)We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the Lord’s death until he
I. The Church. We believe that Jesus Christ is Head of the Church, which is composed of all true believers in Him. Christians are to connect as members of local churches and to serve Jesus Christ faithfully in carrying out the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:16-20. Each church has the authority and right from Jesus Christ to govern itself and to administer order, to worship, and to carry out its various ministries.
J. Evangelism and Missions. We believe that it is the privilege and duty of all believers to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ personally and by all methods in harmony with Holy Scripture. A Christ-centered focus includes the ongoing integration of biblical faith into every aspect of I Choose Life Ministries. All subject matter is to be approached, presented, and evaluated from a biblical worldview.
K. Last Things. In accord with biblical prophecy, we believe that God will bring the world to its appropriate end, that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth, that the dead will be raised, and that Christ will judge all humanity in righteousness. Unbelievers will be consigned to the place of everlasting punishment, while the redeemed in their resurrected and glorified bodies will dwell forever with the Lord in Heaven.
L. Life of the Believer. We believe that Christians should be consistent with Scripture in their character and behavior. We believe that the Bible is the supreme authority and that it provides both moral and ethical principles for personal conduct within and outside I Choose Life Ministries.
Section II: Authority of the Statement of Faith
A. The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members. All literature used in I Choose Life Ministries shall be in complete agreement with the Statement of Faith.
B. No affiliate or outside individual is required to sign in agreeance to the Statement of Faith.
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