Our Core Values
Arise Christian Fellowship is Christ-centered, Word-based, Spirit-empowered, and Mission-focused, passionately pursuing the transforming risen life of Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, & Coming King. What do we believe most deeply about our life in Christ?
- Prayer. Prayer is a primary work of the people of God.
- Worship. The Presence of God is more important than the program.
- Spirit. Without Holy Spirit empowerment, we can do nothing.
- Word. Knowing & obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success.
- Evangelism. Lost people matter to God. He wants them found.
- Disciplemaking. Completing the Great Commission requires the mobilization of every fully devoted disciple. Every believer is a minister.
- Kingdom Stewardship. Everything we have belongs to God. We are only stewards.
- Faith. Achieving God’s purposes involves taking faith-filled risks.
- Healing. The church is a community of healing for the whole person, nurturing authenticity and vulnerability in a safe environment.
Our Statement of Faith
- God. There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon a 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.
- Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to indwell, guide, teach, and empower the believer, and to convince the world of sin, righteousness, and of judgment.
- Scripture. 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.
- Man. Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God: he fell through disobedience, incurring 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 the Lord Jesus Christ. The prospect of the impenitent and unbelieving person is existence forever in conscious torment, and that of the believer in Christ is to have everlasting joy and bliss.
- Salvation. Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all people; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become children of God.
- Life & Ministry in the Spirit. It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion. [We believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are valid and operative today in the church for the purpose of carrying out the message and ministry of Jesus and that the fruit of the Holy Spirit should be increasingly evident in a Christian's life.]*
- Healing. 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.
- The Church. The Church consists of all those who believe in 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, edification through the Word of God, prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and the observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper.
- Future State. There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.
- The Second Coming. The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This is the believer's blessed hope and is a vital truth, which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.
*Bracketed material is not in the official statement of faith of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, but it does reflect the perspective of our movement on the subject of spiritual gifts. See The Alliance website for our position on spiritual gifts: https://www.cmalliance.org/about/beliefs/perspectives/spiritual-gifts.
Our Extended Church Family
Arise Christian Fellowship is a member of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA), a worldwide fellowship of evangelical believers, joined together in local churches, committed to fulfilling the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20).
We are Christian because we believe and follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We are missionary because we are committed to reaching unreached people with the good news of Jesus Christ.
The CMA mission statement reads: "The Christian and Missionary Alliance is committed to world missions, stressing the fullness of Christ and preaching the gospel to the ends of the earth." Since our beginning in 1887, The Alliance has grown to a global movement of more than 6 million believers in the United States, Canada, and 70 countries and territories around the world.
Founded by A.B. Simpson, The Alliance has included noted Christian leaders such as pastor and author A.W. Tozer and Howard Jones, an African-American associate evangelist of the Billy Graham Ministries. Billy Graham himself preached his first sermons as an Alliance assistant pastor and college student.