That the Holy Scriptures are the final authority on all matters of faith, doctrine and practice. Where Scripture does not speak clearly, we defer to apostolic tradition that the historic creeds of the undivided Church provide a clear and indisputable summary of the Christian faith that we are saved by grace, through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ that the Sacraments of the Church impart the grace of God that the Holy Spirit is at work today through spiritual gifts and signs given to the Church
Our Church is:
A Church fully Sacramental/Liturgical: At the center of worship is the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) in which we believe is the real presence of Christ. We celebrate the living historic forms of the liturgies of the Church and the seven Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion), Confession, Healing, Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony.
A Church fully Evangelical: We are a church holding to a high view of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, believing them to contain all things necessary for salvation; nothing can be taught as necessary for salvation that is not contained therein. We are committed to the preaching of the Gospel to fulfill the great commission. We believe that we are saved by grace alone and justified by faith in Christ who is calling us to a personal relationship with Him.
A Church fully Charismatic: We are a church open to the continued working of the Holy Spirit. We believe that through the baptism of the Holy Spirit all believers are empowered to participate in the fullness of ministry. The baptism of the Holy Spirit releases in the believer both the fruit and gifts of the Spirit for the building up of the Church and the advancement of the Kingdom.
Consensus Government: We are a church governed by Bishops in apostolic succession who are humbly submitted to the leading of the Holy Spirit and to each other. At all levels of government, we are a house of prayer, desiring to hear the voice of God. Decisions are made in council upon coming to consensus. The church is administered by the orders of Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Laity. All baptized Christians are ministers of the church.
ICCEC Summary of Doctrine and Practices
These are a very brief summary of our Beliefs and Doctrine:
Apostolic Succession: Our clergy are under Apostolic Orders, those clergy from other denominations wishing to join would be required to attend the ICCEC Certificate Program, demonstrate an understand of the our consensus government, our three streams worship and our commit to life. We do not ordain women to any Holy Orders. We embrace the priesthood of all believers and laity takes a significant part in our worship as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, ushers, leading prayers, and the ministry of healing.
Sanctity of Life: We are a Pro-Life church, we believe life between in the mind of God, a person is a person at the time of conception, and they must be protected. We believe in the Sanctity of Life, from birth to natural death.
Sacraments: We also hold that there are seven historic sacraments and that they are to be administered according to their ancient and historic patterns as expressed in the Catholic heritage of the Church. Baptism; Eucharist; Reconciliation (Confession); Confirmation; Marriage; Holy Orders; Anointing the Sick.
Baptism: We baptize infants and children should parents request this because we believe Baptism is our outward sign of covenant with God just as circumcision was the sign of covenant for a Jewish boy. We practice baptism either by immersion or pouring as circumstances may dictate.
Tithing: The people tithe (10 percent) of whatever resources they have to their church and clergy and the church tithe to their Bishop. It may be money. It may be chickens or fruit, but they are expected to tithe as obedience to Scripture, Malachi 3:10.
Eucharist: We believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Bread and Wine of the Eucharist. We use alcoholic wine in our Holy Communion service, (bread or wafers). And Holy Communion is our primary service observed EVERY Sunday. We use an altar (table) for the celebration of Holy Communion; candles on the altar; cross on the altar or some prominent place visible to the people. All participants at the altar would be properly vested according to their rank.
Liturgy: We are fully sacramental and liturgical. The people of God are called to gather around the Bishop in historic apostolic succession, or his representative (priest/presbyter), and the Table of the Lord (Altar). We follow the ancient shape of the Liturgy.
- Opening Prayer
- Confession of sin and absolution
- Gloria or Time of Praise
- Reading of Scripture
- Prayers of the People
- Sursum Corda and Sanctus
- Eucharist Prayer
- Lord"s Prayer
- Distribution of elements in both kinds
- Prayer of Thanksgiving
Prayer Book: At present, the standard liturgy for the ICCEC is the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. However, the Bishop of a Diocese has the freedom to allow other historic liturgies as long as they follow the shape of the liturgy as outlined above. The ICCEC is in the process of developing its own unique Prayer Book.
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