Empowering Youth, Preparing Leaders, Impacting Central America for God's Purpose
Our Mission Statement
Our doctrinal foundation lies with the Word of God as we plainly read it. We aim for common Biblically-based principles rather than focusing on cultural or denominational preferences.
We believe that the Bible is the divine written revelation of who God is and of who we are in relation to Him. Although it contains the writings of men, we believe that its writings have originated from divine inspiration and from their experiences and real encounters with the living God and what He has revealed through prophetic words, prayers, miracles, historical events, the words of His Son while He walked the earth, and, in some cases, explicit revelation through God’s words to man.
We believe that the Word of God is inerrant and is not subjective or relative. We believe that God’s Word is true and authoritative and requires no apology.
There is only one living and true God. He is absolute, unchangeable, infinite, spiritual, eternal, and is complete in all respects. Psalm 145:3-18, John 17:3, Romans 11:33, Isaiah 11:9, Matthew 5:48 God is love. 1 John 4:8-11 Although our finite minds can never fully grasp the concept of the Trinity, we do not believe that there is only one “person” (as in Unitarianism), and we do not deny the distinct persons of the Trinity (as in Modulism).
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God and He is God. He existed before He became a man. He was, is, and always will be fully divine. John 10:30, John 1:1-2
We believe that, while on earth as man, Jesus performed acts which He could only do with God’s power. Further, Jesus was the Messiah who was revealed in the Old Testament and His coming fulfilled those prophecies.
He came to earth to reveal God to man, to show man what God wanted for man’s life, and to fulfill God’s redemptive plan. We do not question the Virgin Birth and accept Jesus’ divine entry into our world as absolute truth and as the means God used to show that Jesus was fully man but He was, at the same time, fully God. Philippians 2:5-7.
The word “trinity” does not appear in the Bible, but the concept is shown throughout the scriptural references. The Father is God. The Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. Three persons are declared as one, but the trinity is far more than “one” person. Matthew 28:19, John 6:27, Hebrews 1:8, Acts 5: 3-4.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is as equally God as is the Father and the Son and the name of the Holy Spirit is on the same level as the Father and Son. Matthew 28:19.
The Holy Spirit has been actively involved in the Creation, directing and convicting believers, and empowering believers for service and purpose. Genesis 1:2, Numbers 11:24-30.
The Holy Spirit dwells within a person and enables a believer to be empowered, sealed, and committed day by day in his spiritual walk. John 14:17,Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:16-25.
The Holy Spirit dwells permanently and fully within a believer at the time of his salvation, but as the believer grows in his faith, he can allow and welcome the Holy Spirit to fill him even more profoundly and his closeness and awareness of the Holy Spirit grows as he grows in his spiritual walk. John 14:17, Ephesians 5:18.
We acknowledge that there are different points-of-view among believers regarding the gifts of the Spirit. While some Christians believe that the gifts of the Spirit are no longer manifested in today’s worship culture, we believe that the gifts of the Spirit are not obsolete and still exist today. Acts 10.
We do not debate or challenge believers who experience manifestations of the Holy Spirit that may differ from our own experience. This includes what is referred to as “speaking in tongues”, being “slain in the Spirit”, “dancing in the Spirit”, “prophesying” in the Spirit, as long as such manifestations are in order and are not considered to outweigh, replace, or undervalue the significance of the believer’s initial salvation commitment.
We believe that followers of Christ have freedom to experience worship and praise in various forms and we will not squelch or discourage individual preferences within the Hispanic community as long as such forms are clearly aimed at glorifying God. We will address differences and preferences with respect and without condemnation.
Sin was not a thing created by God, but is the absence and separation from God. Sin is an attitude or action that is contrary with the character of God and the Word of God. Sin entered the world through Adam’s disobedience and remains present because we have “choice”. Romans 5:12, Romans 3:9.
When Adam sinned, we all became sinners by nature. Genesis 5:1-3 Because of Adam’s fall, we are born with a sin nature.
The cure for our inherent sin nature can only be found in Jesus’ death on the cross when He bore the sins of the world and all of us yet to be born and substituted His life as a sacrifice for us. 1 Peter 2:24-25.
Salvation now means that the believer is actually “dead” to sin and when, and if, he sins, his relationship with God will not be broken, even though his own personal walk with God might be damaged. 1 John 1:3-6.
We believe that although the believer might continue to struggle with decisions and choices during his lifetime, he can rely on the power of the Holy Spirit within him to resist sin, turn away from temptations, and rebuke evil. Romans 6:1-14.
Righteousness is not earned by works or by following church tradition. Salvation is only grounded in a personal relationship and commitment to the Lord.
It is based on God’s love for us. John 3:16 It is founded on God’s mercy because God is withholding the punishment that we deserve. Romans 9: 10-18. Salvation introduces us to God’s grace because our Father lovingly shows us favor when we have done nothing to deserve it and cannot earn it. Ephesians 2:4-10.
JESUS’ DEATH ON THE CROSS
Jesus’ death on the cross has three purposes. Reconciliation, Redemption and Propitiation.
Reconciliation provided a way to be fully restored from the brokenness of our past. Romans 5:10-11.
Redemption provided a way to have salvation because Jesus paid the price for us so that we, as slaves to sin, could be “bought back” and welcomed into the family of God. Galatians 4:4-5.
Propitiation provided the only way that God could be appeased for our sin, through the sacrifice of His own Son on the cross, making atonement for us through his own suffering, shame, and torture. Hebrews 2:17.
Justification is the declaration that the new believer is forever freed from the penalty of sin, that he is forgiven, and that God has literally and eternally pardoned us because Jesus paid the price on our behalf. Romans 3: 21-26.
Sanctification means that the believer is cleansed completely from sin and is truly set apart at the time of salvation, but that sanctification is a step-by-step lifelong process. While the believer receives the righteousness of Jesus at the time of salvation, he becomes closer in his relationship with God as he experiences the continuing indwelling power of the Holy Spirit and pays attention to the Word of God. Hebrews 12:10-14.
Though he will never achieve perfection in this life, as the new believer grows in the faith, his actions, desires, and attitudes will be more conformed to those of Jesus.
RESURRECTION AND ETERNITY
We believe that Jesus was crucified, buried, and rose from the dead on the third day. In this miraculous event, He conquered death. His bodily resurrection validated Old and New Testament prophesy. He ascended into heaven after 40 days of post-resurrection ministry as the glorified God/Man. With this act, the earthly mission of Jesus was fulfilled. Philippians 2:9-11 Jesus will return some day to the earth to judge sin and defeat God’s enemies Revelation 19:11-21 When we become believers, we receive eternal life with Jesus.
The church is a group of believers who worship together in a particular place. It is not a building but it truly is the “people”. Romans 16:3-5 We believe in the value of planting churches wherever and whenever there is a God- inspired need. We believe in the value of believers joining together corporately to worship, pray, guide each other, study with each other, train each other, and build disciples.
THE PURPOSE : THE COMMAND TO DISCIPLE
We believe that the Great Commission demands that we make disciples and that we further train those we meet to multiply His Kingdom by making other disciples. Matthew 28:18-20 Discipling and mentoring others is at the core of what International Mission Connection is all about.