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Our Beliefs

What we believe about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church

A.B. Simpson founded two organizations in 1887: The Christian Alliance and The Missionary Alliance. One was a network of Christians joining together for the support of missions and the other was the missionary sending agency. Ten years later the two organizations merged as The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Today the C&MA has grown to be a worldwide missionary movement of 2.5 million people in 17,000 churches in 61 countries.


The Alliance Canada continues to be a meeting place for people from many denominational backgrounds and has a strong desire to share the love of Christ with others who do not know Him.


We celebrate Jesus Christ as our Saviour, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King. That is, we believe that Christ is the source of salvation, holiness and healing, and we look forward to the return of Christ, our blessed hope.


Statement of Faith

Our Statement of Faith identifies the core beliefs of The Christian and Missionary Alliance.


GOD

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


JESUS

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 rose from the dead according to the Scriptures and is now at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf.


HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to indwell, guide, teach and empower the follower of Jesus, and to convince the world of sin, or righteousness and of judgment.


BIBLE

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 people. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.


SIN

Humankind, originally created in the image and likeness of God, fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All people are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of Jesus. The destiny of the unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment, but that of the believer is everlasting joy in the presence of God.


FREEDOM FROM SIN

Salvation has been provided only through Jesus Christ. Those who repent and believe in Him are united with Christ through the Holy Spirit and are thereby regenerated (born again), justified, sanctified and granted the gift of eternal life as adopted children of God.


CHRISTIAN LIVING

It is the will of God that in union with Christ each believer should be sanctified thoroughly thereby being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to God, receiving power for holy living and sacrificial and effective service toward the completion of Christ’s commission. This is accomplished through being filled with the Holy Spirit which is both a distinct event and progressive experience in the life of the believer.


HEALING

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


CHURCH

The universal Church, of which Christ is the Head, consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and commissioned by Christ to go into all the world as witness, preaching the Gospel to all nations. The local church, the visible expression of the universal Church, is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together to worship God, to observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, to pray, to be edified through the Word of God, to fellowship, and to testify in word and deed to the good news of salvation both locally and globally. The local church enters into relationships with other like-minded churches for accountability, encouragement and mission.


LIFE AFTER DEATH

There will 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.


SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

The second coming of Jesus is imminent and will be personal and visible. As the believer’s blessed hope, this vital truth is an incentive for holy living and sacrificial service toward the completion of Christ’s commission.


Taken and adapted from the statement of faith from The Alliance Canada website.


To learn more about The Alliance Canada, visit www.cmacan.org.




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