The Christian and Missionary Alliance
The Christian and Missionary Alliance has been in existence for about 120 years. A Canadian Presbyterian minister, Albert B. Simpson, founded it in 1887. At the time, he was ministering in New York City. When he realized that the people in his congregation did not share his burden to reach out to the people around him and around the world, he launched out on his own.
Leaving his comfortable church, he began evangelistic work among the masses of New York, trusting the Lord alone to supply all his needs. Soon, his burden for the lost world caused him to engage in a great world-wide missionary crusade.
To better train workers for this vast effort, he founded the Missionary Training Institute at Nyack, N.Y., the oldest Bible Institute in America. He also launched a weekly Christian periodical, known today as the “Alliance Life”. In 1884, Simpson’s fledging church sent out its first missionaries to Africa. Today, the Christian and Missionary Alliance is represented in on all continents.
In Canada, the “Alliance” has 424 churches with an inclusive membership of over 118,000. In its short history, the Christian and Missionary Alliance has grown from a small missionary movement into an active and strong denomination.
Our Statement of Faith
There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the 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.
The Holy Spirit is a divine Person, sent to indwell, guide, teach and empower the believer, and to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.
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 people. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.
Humankind, originally created in the image and likeness of God, fell through disobedience, incurring thereby 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 destiny of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment, but that of the believer is everlasting joy and bliss.
Freedom from Sin
Salvation has been provided only through Jesus Christ. Those who repent and believe in Him are united with Christ through the Holy Spirit and are thereby regenerated (born again), justified, sanctified and granted the gift of eternal life as adopted children of God.
It is the will of God that in union with Christ each believer should be sanctified thoroughly thereby being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to God, receiving power for holy living and sacrificial and effective service toward the completion of Christ’s commission.
This is accomplished through being filled with the Holy Spirit which is both a distinct event and progressive experience in the life of the believer.
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 as taught in the Scriptures are privileges for the Church in this present age.
The universal Church, of which Christ is the Head, consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and commissioned by Christ to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the Gospel to all nations.
The local church, the visible expression of the universal Church, is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together to worship God, to observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, to pray, to be edified through the Word of God, to fellowship, and to testify in word and deed to the good news of salvation both locally and globally. The local church enters into relationships with other like-minded churches for accountability, encouragement and mission.
Life after death
There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.
Second Coming of Christ
The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal and visible. As the believer’s blessed hope, this vital truth is an incentive for holy living and sacrificial service toward the completion of Christ’s commission.
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About our Logo
The cross, the laver, the pitcher and the crown are emblematic of the adequacy of the person of Christ.
The elements of the logo represent what we believe by identifying four aspects of the gospel (Sometimes referred to as the 4-fold gospel).
Jesus Christ our SAVIOUR
Jesus Christ our SANCTIFIER
Jesus Christ our HEALER
Jesus Christ our COMING KING
The Cross symbolizes salvation that is provided through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Laver symbolizes the sanctifying grace of God, which provided daily cleansing from sin through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
The Pitcher of oil symbolizes the power of the Holy Spirit and the provision of annointing for healing.
The crown symbolizes the return of Jesus Christ as King of Kings, as well as the victorious reward of those who will share in the glory of Christ.