C&MA Statement of Beliefs

1. There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing  eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

2. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived  by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died  upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary  sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the  ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according  to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty  on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to  establish His kingdom of righteousness and peace.

3. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, sent to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement. He regenerates, indwells, guides, sanctifies, teaches, illuminates, imparts spiritual gifts and empowers the believer for service.

4. The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given,  were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation  of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the  divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice

5. Man was originally created in the image and likeness of  God, he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both  physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful  nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved  only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The portion of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence  forever in conscious torment; and that of the believer,  in everlasting joy and bliss.

6. Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all  men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again  of the Holy Spirit, justified, sanctified, receive the gift of eternal life and  become the children of God.

7. It is the will of God that each believer should be filled  with the Holy Spirit and be totally sanctified being separated  from sin and the world and being fully dedicated to the will of  God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective  service. This experience is both a distinct event and a life-long process.

8. Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus  Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the  sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures  and are privileges for the Church in this present age.

9. The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord  Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born  again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the body,  the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into  all the world as a witness, preaching the Gospel to all  nations. The local church is a body of believers in Christ  who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification  through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation  of the Gospel, and observance of the ordinances of baptism  and the Lord’s Supper.

10. There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of  the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for  the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.

11. The Lord Jesus Christ will come again. His second coming is imminent and will be personal and visible. As the believer’s blessed hope this vital truth is an incentive to holy living and faithful service toward the completion of Christ’s commission.