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What We Believe

What We Believe

SouthPoint Church is a part of the Foursquare Movement, which was founded by Aimee Semple McPherson in 1923.

The Foursquare Church, officially named the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, is a Pentecostal denomination that resulted from the dynamic evangelistic ministry of Aimee Semple McPherson, who opened the historic Angelus Temple in 1923.

The term “Foursquare Gospel” came about during an intense revival in the city of Oakland, Calif., in July 1922. To a crowd of thousands, Aimee Semple McPherson explained Ezekiel’s vision in the book of Ezekiel, chapter one. Ezekiel saw God revealed as a being with four different faces: a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle.

To Sister McPherson, those four faces were like the four phases of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the face of the man, she saw Jesus our Savior. In the face of the lion, she saw Jesus the mighty Baptizer with the Holy Spirit and fire. In the face of the ox, she saw Jesus the Great Burden-Bearer, who took our infirmities and carried our sicknesses. In the face of the eagle, she saw Jesus the Coming King, who will return in power and victory for the church.  It was a perfect, complete Gospel. It was a Gospel that faces squarely in every direction; it was the “Foursquare Gospel.”

You see those four icons above in the logo of the Foursquare Church, echoing these four aspects of the gospel, and of Jesus Christ: the cross, the dove, the cup, the crown.

 

A Belief Statement from the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel

  • The Holy Scriptures
    We believe the Bible is God-inspired (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
  • The Eternal Godhead
    We believe God is Triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14).
  • The Fall Of Man
    We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that by voluntary disobedience he fell from perfection (Romans 5:12).
  • The Plan Of Salvation
    We believe that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, signing the pardon of all who believe on Him (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
  • Salvation Through Grace
    We believe that we have no righteousness and must come to God pleading the righteousness of Christ (Ephesians 2:8).
  • Repentance And Acceptance
    We believe that upon sincere repentance, and a whole-hearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God (I John 1:9).
  • The New Birth
    We believe that the change which takes place in the heart and life at conversion is a very real one (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20).
  • Daily Christian Living
    We believe that it is the will of God that we be sanctified daily, growing constantly in the faith (Hebrews 6:1).
  • Baptism And The Lord’s Supper
    We believe that baptism by immersion is an outward sign of an inward work (Matt. 28:19). We believe in the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper by the symbolic use of the bread and juice of the vine (I Corinthians 11:24, 25).
  • Baptism With The Holy Spirit
    We believe that the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is to endue the believer with power; and that His incoming is after the same manner as in Bible days (Acts 2:4).
  • The Spirit-Filled Life
    We believe that it is the will of God that we walk in the Spirit daily (Ephesians 4:30-32).
  • The Gifts And Fruit Of The Spirit
    We believe that the Holy Spirit has gifts to bestow upon the Christian; and that we should show spiritual fruit as evidence of a Spirit-filled life (I Corinthians 12:1-11; Galatians 5:22).
  • Moderation
    We believe that the experience and daily walk of the believer should never lead him into extremes of fanaticism (Philippians 4:5).
  • Divine Healing
    We believe that divine healing is the power of Christ to heal the physically sick in answer to the prayer of faith (James 5:14-16).
  • The Second Coming Of Christ
    We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent (I Thessalonians 4:16, 17).
  • Church Relationship
    We believe it is our sacred duty to identify ourselves with the visible Body of Christ (Acts 16:5; Hebrews 10:25).
  • Civil Government
    We believe that rulers should be upheld at all times except in things opposed to the will of God (Romans 13:1-5).
  • The Final Judgement
    We believe that all shall stand some day before the judgement seat of God, and there receive eternal life or death (2 Corinthians 5:10).
  • Heaven
    We believe that Heaven is the glorious eternal home of born-again believers (John 14:1-3; Revelation 7:15-17).
  • Hell
    We believe that hell is the place of eternal torment for all who reject Christ as the Savior (Revelation 20:10,15).
  • Evangelism
    We believe that soul winning is the most important responsibility of the Church (James 5:20).
  • Tithes And Offerings
    We believe that the method ordained of God for the support and spread of His cause is by giving of tithes and free-will offerings (Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:7).

To download the Foursquare Creedal Statement, click here. (PDF document)
To download the Foursquare Declaration of Faith, click here. (PDF document)

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