Our Beliefs

WE BELIEVE:

The Bible to be the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.
John 16:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13

That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10, 11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; John 14:16

In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ,
John 1:1, 14; 20:28-29; Philippians 2:6-11; Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 2:9

His virgin birth,
Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:34-35; Isaiah 7:14

His sinless life,
2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 7:26-27; 1 John 3:5; 1 Peter 2:22

His miracles,
Matthew 4:23; Luke 6:17-19; John 3:2

His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood,
Colossians 1:14, 20; Romans 5:8-9; Ephesians 1:7

His bodily resurrection,
1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Luke 24:4-7; 36-48; Revelation 1:17-18

His ascension to the right hand of the Father,
Acts 2:33, 5:30-31; 1 Peter 3:22

and in His personal return in power and in glory.
Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; John 14:1-3

That justification by faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man.
Romans 3:24-25; John 3:3-7; 1 John 5:11-13; Ephesians 2:1-16; Revelation 5:9; Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 6:11

The prime agency for the work of God’s Kingdom is the Christian local church functioning under the sovereignty of our Lord Jesus Christ. To the church have been entrusted the ordinances of Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Acts 2:41-47; 16:4-5; Matthew 16:18; 28:18-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit which includes: the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as an experience distinct from regeneration; His indwelling, by which the Christian is enabled to live a godly life; His supernatural gifting and empowering of the Church for its work, life and worship.
Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-4; 10:44-46; 1 Corinthians 12, 14

In the return of Jesus Christ, to consummate His Kingdom, in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
John 5:28-29; Mark 14:62; 2 Thessalonians 1:2-10; Revelation 1:5-7; 20:4-5; 11-12

In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 17:11, 21-23; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-16

 

IRIS CORE VALUES:

1. We understand that we can find God and can experience intimacy, communication and companionship with Him in His Presence if we share in His love for righteousness.

2. We are totally dependent on God for everything and we need to expect miracles of all kinds to sustain us and confirm the Gospel in our ministry.

3. We look for revival among the broken, humble, and lowly and start at the bottom with ministry to the poor.  God chooses the weak and despised things of the world to shame the proud, demonstrating His own strength and wisdom.  Our direction is always lower still.

4. We understand the value of suffering in the Christian life.  Learning to love requires a willingness to suffer the sake of righteousness.  Discipline and testing make saints out of us and produce in us a holiness without which we will not see Gods face and share His glory.  With Paul we rejoice in our weakness, for when we are weak we are strong.  Under great pressure we learn to rely on God who raises the dead (2 cor 1:9)

5. The joy of the Lord is not optional and it far outweighs our suffering!  In Jesus it becomes our motivation, reward and spiritual weapon.  In His Presence is fullness of joy and with Paul we testify that in all our troubles our joy knows no bounds.  (2cor 7:4). It is our strength and energy without which we die.