- The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and complete Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 22:18-19)
- We believe in the eternal Godhead who has revealed Himself as one God existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, distinguishable but indivisible. (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
- Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin. His death on the cross is the only sacrifice for the sin of the world. He was buried, and on the third day, God raised Him for the dead. This same Jesus was taken up into heaven and will return in like manner for the gathering of His people unto Himself. (Luke 1:31-35; John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; John 14:1-3)
- As recorded in Genesis, Adam and Eve were created in the image of God. As a result of their disobedience all mankind has been born with a fallen nature and is spiritually dead. This sin nature results in a total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to divine righteousness. The penalty on sin is judgment, death and eternal separation from God. God’s Love and mercy has provided salvation, a release from this condemnation. Salvation is the free gift of God It is the result of repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The only source of this salvation is Jesus Christ. Once a person is saved, he is saved for all eternity. (Romans 5:12, 18; Ephesians 2:1, 8-9; Acts 20:21; John 10:27-29; Acts 4:12)
- The Holy Spirit is a person of the Godhead . He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He does not speak of Himself, but glorifies the Lord Jesus. He comes to indwell the believer permanently at the moment of salvation. It is through His power that a believer can be “born of the Spirit” and walk in “newness of Life” where Jesus is Lord; a daily submission to the will of God as revealed in His Word, appropriating the Life of Christ through a daily walk of repentance and faith resulting in a sanctification that manifests the fruits and gifts of the Spirit. (Luke 9:23-24; John 4:24; John 16:8-15; John 14:16-17; Galatians 2:20; 5:16-23; Colossians 2:6)
- Baptism is an act of obedience to the command of the Lord Jesus, by emersion in water it symbolizes the new believer’s death, burial and resurrection to a new life. It follows repentance, but it does not save a person. (Matthew 28:18; Romans 6:3-5; Acts 2:36-41; Romans 10:9-10)
- The local church is a group of saved, baptized believers under the sovereign headship of the Lord Jesus Christ, exercising autonomous government under Him, administering all its local affairs and ministry, as well as the propagation of the gospel. It is not an organization, neither is it a building, but it is the body through which Christ glorifies Himself. (Matthew 16:18; Matthew 18:15-18, Acts 15:22)
- Satan is real, and is in active opposition to the Kingdom of God. Hell is a place of eternal destruction reserved for Satan and his angels and those who reject the salvation that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 3:18,36; 2 Thessalonians1:8-9; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10; Matthew 25:41)
- Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological gender is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that 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. 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.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, and attempting to change one’s biological sex or otherwise acting upon any disagreement with one’s biological sex) is sinful and offensive to God.
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, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
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 of the church. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; John 4:16-18; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11, 6:18-20, 7:1-3 and 7:8-9; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:23-27; 1 Timothy 1:9-11)
- Marriage is an Act of Worship. We affirm a wedding ceremony is an act of worship before our heavenly Father. Marriage is a covenant between the man, the woman, and God. The celebration of marriage in a worship service is a testament and witness to the couple’s and congregation’s awareness of the spiritual bond that exists between us and God in life and in marriage. The event is witnessed by heaven and earth alike.
Church Facility Use Policy
Statement of Purpose
The church’s facilities were provided through God’s benevolence and by the sacrificial generosity of church members. The church desires that its facilities be used for the fellowship of the Body of Christ and always to God’s glory. Although the facilities are not generally open to the public, we make our facilities available to approved non-member persons and groups as a witness to our faith, in a spirit of Christian charity, and as a means of demonstrating the Gospel of Jesus Christ in practice.
However, facility use will not be permitted to persons or groups holding, advancing, or advocating beliefs, or advancing, advocating, or engaging in practices that conflict with the church’s faith or moral teachings, which are summarized in, among other places, What We Believe, ihcaz.org. Nor may facilities be used for activities that contradict, or are deemed by the elders and pastors as inconsistent with, or contrary to the church’s faith or moral teachings. The elders are the final decision-makers on whether a person or group is allowed to use church facilities.
This restricted facility use policy is necessary for two important reasons.
First, the church may not in good conscience materially cooperate in activities or beliefs that are contrary to its faith. Allowing its facilities to be used for purposes that contradict the church’s beliefs would be material cooperation with that activity, and would be a grave violation of the church’s faith and religious practice. See 2 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:22.
Second, it is very important to the church that it presents a consistent message to the community, which the church staff and members conscientiously maintain as part of their witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To allow facilities to be used by groups or persons who express beliefs or engage in practices contrary to the church’s faith would have a severe negative impact on the message that the church strives to promote. It could also be a source of confusion and scandal to church members and the community because they may reasonably perceive that by allowing use of our facilities, the church is in agreement with the beliefs or practices of the persons or groups using church facilities.
Therefore, in no event shall persons or groups who hold, advance, or advocate beliefs, or advance, advocate, or engage in practices that contradict the church’s faith use any church facility. Nor may facilities be used in any way that contradicts the church’s faith. This policy applies to all church facilities, regardless of whether the facilities are connected to the church’s sanctuary, because the church sees all of its property as holy and set apart to worship God. See Colossians 3:17.