What We Believe

The International Fellowship of Covenant Churches and Ministries accepts the Scriptures as the revealed will of God and the all sufficient rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the final authority on all matters. For the purpose of maintaining general unity, we adopt the following values, beliefs and practices.

* The One True Godhead: The triune Godhead is comprised of three separate and distinct personalities: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, who are eternally self existent, self revealed and function as one entity. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co equal and co eternal with The Father and The Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17, John 14:26, Ephesians 2:18, 1 Peter 1:2 & 1 John 5:7)

* The Scriptures: The Holy Bible is the inspired and only infallible written Word of God, a revelation from God to all mankind, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason. The Word of God is relevant and applicable to us today, both the old and new testaments. We, therefore, place great emphasis upon teaching it in public, studying it in private, and using it as a guide for our daily lives. The Holy Bible is the final authority on all matters (1 Peter 1:23 25, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13 & Hebrews 4:12)

* Salvation: Our only hope of redemption and salvation is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross, Jesus Christ became sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. We have now been freely justified by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace we are saved through faith. The Bible makes it clear that if we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead, we shall be saved. The Bible further states that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 3:24, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 10:9 & Romans 10:13)

** The Evidence of Salvation: The inward evidence to every believer concerning salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:16 & 1 John 3:24).) The outward evidence of salvation to all mankind is a life of righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:23-29)

** Faith and Works: Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine our rewards in heaven. (Ephesians 2:8-9 & Revelation 22:12)

* Baptism in Water: We believe in water baptism by total immersion. The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord. In baptism, we declare to the world that we belong to Christ, have died with Him, been buried with Him and that we have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-6, Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48).

* The Lord's Supper: We serve the Lord’s Supper to commemorate the life, death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The elements used are unleavened bread or wafers and the fruit of the vine (grape juice). The unleavened bread represents His body which was broken for us. The fruit of the vine represents His blood which was shed for the remission of our sins. We partake in the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of the Lord and all He has done for us. By performing this solemn ceremony, we do show the Lord’s death until He comes. (Matthew 26:26-28 & 1 Corinthians 11:23-28).

* The Promise of the Father: All believers are entitled to and should eagerly expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and Fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of the believers in the early Christian church. With the baptism in the Holy Ghost comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Matthew 3:11, Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4 8, 1 Corinthians 12:1 31) This wonderful and awesome experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. (Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:38, Acts 8:14-17 & Acts 10:44 47)

* The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit: As recorded in the Scriptures, the initial physical evidence of being baptized in the Holy Ghost is the sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service (Acts 2:4, Acts 10:44 46, Acts 19:6 & Acts 1:8).