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What We Believe

Our Statement of Faith
  1. We believe the Bible is the verbal (in its words, thoughts, and concepts), plenary (in its entirety), inspired (God-breathed, God delivered), Word of God and that it is infallible (perfect truth) and inerrant (without error) in the original languages of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.
    Psalm 19:7; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
  2. We believe in the holy triune God and in the unity of the Godhead. We believe the Godhead consists of three Persons of one substance, power, and eternity – God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. We believe the Godhead eternally exists in these three Persons and the three Persons are one God having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections and are worthy of all worship, faith, and obedience.
    Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 48:12-13; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; John 10:30; John 15:26; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14
  3. We believe in God the Father, the first Person of the Godhead, Who is the author and designer of creation, salvation, and every spiritual blessing.
    Genesis 1:1; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 1:3-6
  4. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, is the second Person of the Godhead, and is both truly divine and truly human. In divine essence He shares the same nature and attributes as the Father, but remains distinct in His person and role within the godhead as the One sent by the Father to perform His will. By Him, as the agent of creation, all things were made that were made, and all things presently hold together through Him as the sustainer of creation.
    John 8:28-30; John 10:30; Colossians 1:16-17
  5. We believe that Jesus’ life, death and resurrection stand as the centerpiece of human and redemptive history. He is the only mediator between God and man, and the only way for man to be reconciled to God.
    John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5

    In His physical death on the cross He accomplished the atonement for sins, substituting Himself as a propitiation on the behalf of sinners, as prophesied in the Old Testament and predetermined in the foreknowledge of God. Because of His death as a sinless man on the behalf of sinners, His perfect life is credited as righteousness for those who trust Him as the basis of their salvation thus releasing the believing sinner from the power and punishment of sin.
    John 3:16; John 10:15; Romans 3:24-25; Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24; Acts 2:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3

    In His literal, physical resurrection, He established His identity as the Son of God and validated the atoning nature of His work on the cross. By conquering death He guaranteed the believer’s future resurrection and possession of a glorified body. The future judgment will be against those who reject belief in the risen savior.
    Acts 17:31; Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15:14-21; 1 Peter 1:3-5

  6. We believe that Jesus ascended back to the Father in His glorified body and that He will return in the same way to receive His church.
    Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

    He is the Head of His body, the church, and commands that His Gospel be preached to all nations until His return.
    Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18

    After this present age, He will judge every human being who has ever lived, and will reign as everlasting King and Lord and Savior for all eternity.
    John 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:11-15

  7. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, and in His sovereign activity in creation, the incarnation, the written revelation, the work of salvation, and His coming from the Father as promised by Christ to initiate and complete the building of the Body of Christ, which is His church.
    Genesis 1:2; Matthew 1:18; 2 Peter 1:19-21; John 3:5-7; John 14:16-17; 15:26; 1 Corinthians 12:13

    We recognize that the Holy Spirit is the agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ and that He also indwells them, sanctifies them, instructs them, empowers them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption. We believe that He is the divine Teacher, who guided the apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed to writings God’s revelation, the Bible.
    Ephesians 2:22; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 15:16; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10; John 14:26; 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30

  8. We believe that man was created by God in His image and likeness. Man was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self-determination and moral responsibility to God. We believe that in Adam’s sin of disobedience to God, man lost his innocence, incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death, became subject to the wrath of God, and became inherently corrupt. Man’s salvation from the penalty of sin is wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that, because all were in Adam, a nature corrupted by Adam’s sin has been transmitted to men of all ages, Jesus Christ being the only exception. All men are thus sinners by nature, by choice, and by divine declaration.
    Genesis 2:7, 15-25; 3:1-19; Psalm 14:1-3; Jeremiah 17:9; Luke 1:26-35; John 3:3-6; Romans 3:9-18, 23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:13-14; James 3:9; 1 John 1:8
  9. A Christian is one who has embraced what the Bible says about God, our sinfulness, and salvation from sin. The only way for sinners to receive the benefits purchased by the death of Christ is to repent and come by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, trusting Jesus as their only means of salvation.
    John 3:16-17; Acts 3:19; 16:31; Romans 3:23; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9
  10. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will come again for His Church, at which time those who are believers shall be transformed into bodies like unto the Lord’s glorious body.
    Luke 12:40; Acts 1:10-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Titus 2:13; 1 John 3:1-3
  11. We believe in the eternal bodily and spiritual salvation of all believers and the eternal bodily and spiritual condemnation of all non-believers.
    Matthew 25:46; John 3:18; John 10:27-29; Romans 8:37-39; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:15
  12. We believe that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body, the Church, the Bride of Christ, of which Christ is the head.
    1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; 5:23-32; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 19:7-8

    We believe our chief ministry is to glorify God. We are to proclaim the Gospel of saving grace and to disciple Christians in the faith. We believe God’s people should live holy lives that are pleasing to God and should abstain from every form of evil.
    Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 22:32; Acts 1:8; Romans 14:7-19; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Peter 2:11

  13. We believe all believers and only believers should be baptized to identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and in obedience to Christ’s command. We believe however, that baptism is neither a condition of salvation, nor a requirement for fellowship with other believers, and does not confer special grace.
    Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12
  14. We believe in the establishment of local churches and that members of a local assembly are directed to associate together.
    Acts 14:23, 27; 20:17, 28; 1 Corinthians 11:18-20; Galatians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1; Hebrews 10:25

    We believe in the autonomy of the local church with the right to self-government. The biblically designated officers serving under Christ are elders and deacons. Both groups are subject to biblical qualifications.
    1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5

  15. We believe that all Christians are to observe the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of Christ’s sacrificial death and that they are to do this until Christ returns. Furthermore, we believe participation in the Lord’s Supper does not bring special grace from God.
    Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
  16. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive, union, as delineated in Scripture. (see Appendix 1)
    Genesis 2:20-25; Ephesians 5:22-33; Hebrews 13:4

  • Appendix 1 – Statement on Marriage and Sexuality

    • We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
      Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:31-32
    • We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
      Hebrews 13:4
    • We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.
      Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
    • We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines held by Irvine Community Church.
      1 Peter 3:15; Titus 3:1-8
    • We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
      1 Corinthians 6:11; Colossians 3:5-11; Titus 3:3-8
    • We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, must abide by this doctrinal statement and this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly.