The members affirm and declare their common convictions in the following:

  • We believe that the Bible, consisting of Old and New Testaments only, is verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, is inerrant in the original manuscripts, and is the infal-lible and authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that the one triune God exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ is God, was born of a virgin, died vicariously, shed His blood as man’s substitutionary sacrifice, rose bodily, and ascended to heaven, where He is presently exalted at the Father’s right hand, and that His return is im-minent, visible and personal.
  • We believe that salvation consists of the remission of sins, the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, and the gift of eternal life received by faith alone, in Jesus alone, apart from works. Because of Adam’s sin, all men have guilt imputed, are totally depraved, and need to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit for salvation.
  • We believe that the church, the body of Christ, consists only of those who are born again, who are baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ at the time of regenera-tion, for whom He now makes intercession in heaven and for whom He will come again.
  • We believe that the saved will be raised to everlasting life and blessedness in heaven, and that the unsaved will be raised to everlasting and conscious punish-ment in hell.
  • We believe that Christ commanded the church to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every person, baptizing and teaching those who believe.

(TOPIC Manila Consultation, March, 1999; revised May, 2000)