WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Experience Church International Statement of Fundamental Truths accepts the veracity of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. Salvation is through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is also acknowledged as the Healer of the Body and the Baptiser in the Holy Spirit, a present-day experience for all believers. Experience Church Intl., members believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the Church today and that those who are born of the Spirit should manifest the fruit of the Spirit. We also believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ to receive unto Himself the Church and to reign in power and glory.
THE EXPERIENCE CHURCH INTERNATIONAL STATEMENT OF FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS:
We believe the BIBLE, as originally given, to be without error, the fully inspired and infallible WORD OF GOD and the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe that the Godhead exists co-equally and co-eternally in three persons…FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT and that these three are one GOD, sovereign in creation,providence and redemption.
We believe in the true and proper deity of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, in His virgin birth, in His real and complete humanity, in His sinless life, in His authoritative teaching, in His substitutionary and atoning sacrifice through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His heavenly intercession and His second advent to receive His church.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the deity of the HOLY SPIRIT who proceeds from the FATHER and the SON and the necessity of His work in conviction of sin, repentance, regeneration and sanctification, and that the believer is also promised an enduement of power as the gift of Christ through the BAPTISM in the HOLY SPIRIT with signs following. Through this enduement the believer is empowered for fuller participation in the ministry of the Church, its worship, evangelism and service.
We believe in the universal sinfulness of all men since the fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
We believe in the necessity for salvation, of repentance towards God, and faith in the LORD JESUS CHRIST by which the sinner is pardoned and accepted as righteous in God’s sight. This justification is imputed by the grace of God because of the atoning work of Christ, is received by faith alone and is evidenced by the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT and a HOLY LIFE.
We believe in the spiritual unity and the priesthood of all believers in Christ and that these comprise the universal Church, the BODY OF CHRIST.
We believe in the ministries that Christ has set in HIS CHURCH, namely, APOSTLES, PROPHETS, EVANGELISTS, PASTORS, and TEACHERS, and in the present operation of the manifold GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT according to the NEW TESTAMENT.
We believe in the laying on of hands and the anointing with oil for the sick in Jesus’ name for healing from sickness and disease.
We believe in tithing the first tenth of our income back to the Lord.
We believe in the baptism of believers in water in obedience to the command of Christ and the commemoration of Christ’s death by the observance of the Lord’s Supper until He returns.
We believe that the GOSPEL OF CHRIST embraces the needs of the whole man and that the church is therefore commissioned to preach the gospel to the world and to fulfill a ministry of healing and deliverance to the spiritual and physical needs of mankind.
THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH
We believe that Jesus Christ will return in the clouds to rapture His Bride, THE CHURCH, and that following this there will be a great “Marriage Supper of the Lamb” in Heaven for seven years, and that subsequent to this event great tribulation will occur on the earth.
THE COMING KING
We believe that following this seven year period of Tribulation, Christ will return physically and visibly to vanquish His foes and to rule and reign in power and glory.
THE FUTURE STATE
We believe in the resurrection of the dead and in the final judgment of the world, the eternal conscious bliss of the righteous and the eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.