"Foursquare" is a biblical term referenced in three books of the Bible. It describes the tabernacle in the book of Exodus, it refers to the Temple of the Lord in Ezekiel 40:47, and it appears in Revelation in describing our eternal home. The term "Foursquare Gospel" was inspired by the Holy Spirit in a message preached by our founder, Aimee Semple McPherson, in the midst of a 1922 revival in Oakland, CA. It represents that which is equally balanced on all sides, established and enduring. Such confidence in the power of the Gospel is also expressed by the verse, Hebrews 13:8, which is displayed in Foursquare churches proclaiming, "Jesus Christ is the same Yesterday and Today and Forever!"
Our Foursquare faith is founded on four central beliefs about the person of Jesus. We believe Jesus Christ is...
The Savior: "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him." - Isaiah 53:5
The Baptizer with the Holy Spirit: "For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit. You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." - Acts 1:5, 8
The Healer: "He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses." - Matthew 8:17
The Soon Coming King: "For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout. The dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord." - 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
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As part of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (ICFG), Battle Ground Foursquare Church is committed to these three missional objectives:
- Leadership Development
- Church and congregational multiplication
- Church Transformation
Our unique missional expression of these objectives is simple:
- To infiltrate community and culture with the love of Jesus
As we commit to taking the message of the gospel to our world through multiplication of leaders and faith communities, we will see transformation not only in our world, but the church as well.
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God; it is absolutely true, enduring, and unchangeable (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Matthew 24:35)
THE ETERNAL GODHEAD
We believe in the trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The three parts of the trinity are coexistent and co-eternal, which means that they have existed and always will exist together. They are coequal in divine perfection, which means that no person of the trinity is more powerful or perfect than any other person in the trinity. (1 John 5:7)
THE SEPARATION OF MAN
We believe that Adam and Eve were precursors of the entire human race, were created in the image of God; however, they disobeyed God and became sinners. Through Adam, all people inherited sin's nature and consequences. All are in need of a redeemer. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12,19)
THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION
We believe that Christ dies for all of us while we were still sinners. He took the punishment for our sin. with his own blood he purchased salvation and redemption for all who believed in Him. (John 3:16; Isaiah 53:5; Titus 2:14)
SALVATION THROUGH GRACE
We believe that salvation is totally an act of God's grace and is accessed through faith in Jesus Christ. No person can be good enough to earn salvation. Being good does not contribute to receiving God's love and favor. (Ephesians 2:8, 13)
REPENTANCE AND ACCEPTANCE
We believe that when people repent for their sins and accept Christ they are justified through Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross. To repent means to be sorry for sin, but it also means to turn away from a sinful lifestyle. Accepting Christ means believing in Him as the only Savior. To be justified means being declared not guilty in regards to sin. (Romans 10:9-10; 1 John 1:9)
THE NEW BIRTH
We believe that the change that takes place in people when they are born again is very real. They receive righteousness through Jesus Christ and they are empowered by the Holy Spirit, therefore, they should have new desires, interests and pursuits. (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
DAILY CHRISTIAN LIVING
We believe that people who have been born again grow in sanctification, which means that they separate themselves from the value system of the world and embrace and live according to the values of the Kingdom that Jesus proclaimed. As they do so, they increase in holiness, faith, power, prayer, love and service. (2 Corinthians 7:1)
We believe that people who have been born again should be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself was baptized and instructed His followers to be baptized. Baptism also confirms that Christ is the Lord and King in each believers life. (Roman's 6:4)
THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe in observing the Lord's Supper, or Communion, just as Jesus instructed. This means that the born again believers take the broken bread and the fruit of the vine as a remembrance and celebration of the new life that is theirs because of Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection. It is also looking forward to His return as triumphant King. (1 Corinthians 11:24-26)
THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that baptism with the Holy Spirit is an experience that follows salvation. All believers have God's Spirit within them. A Holy Spirit baptism empowers believers to exalt Jesus, to live lives of holiness, and to be witnesses of God's saving grace. We believe those that experience Holy Spirit baptism today will experience it in the same manner that believers experienced it in the early church. In other words, we believe they will speak in tongues, languages that are not known to them, (Acts 1:5, 8; Acts 2:4)
THE SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE
We believe that born-again believers should be people who pray and who allow the Holy Spirit to shape their values and behaviors everyday. Their lives should exemplify love, honesty, and sincerity. (Ephesians 4:30-32)
THE GIFTS AND FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit gives ministry gifts to believers. In other words, the Holy Spirit gives people special ability for ministry. These gifts will build up groups of believers and help them mature in Christian faith. (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) Further, Spirit-filled believers should show the spiritual fruit that has been given to them; love joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Romans 12:6-8; Galatians 5:22-25)
We believe that Christians should avoid excess and that their moderation should be obvious to others. Their commitment to Christ should be deep and sincere, but they should not indulge in or lead other people into extremes or fanaticism. Christians should be balanced, humble and self-sacrificing, reflecting Christ's grace and character in all areas of their life. (Colossians 3:12-13; Philippians 4:5)
We believe Jesus Christ heals people who are sick. God does not change, He is still willing and able to heal the body as well as the soul and spirit in response to faith. (Mark 16:17-18; James 5:14-16)
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent. We are as certain that His second coming will occur, as we are that His first coming is a historical fact. No one knows the exact time of His coming, but believers will continue to spread the Gospel around the world until He does come again. At that time the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven, the dead Christians will be resurrected, and believers will be taken up to meet the Lord in the air. (Matthew 24:36, 42, 44; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
We believe that it is essential for all believers to join with and become [art of a congregation of other believers. It is important to worship together, observe the ordinances of the church, encourage and support one another, and work together to advance the Lord's Kingdom. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
We believe that civil government is established by divine appointment. civil laws should be upheld at all times, except when they are in opposition to the Word of God.(Romans 13:1-7)
We believe that everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Born-again believers will be sent to a place of everlasting life, and non-believers will be sent to a place of everlasting punishment. (Revelation 20:11-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
We believe that Heaven is the habitation of the living God and the home of born-again believers in anticipation of a new earth. (John 14:2; Revelation 7:15-17)
We believe that Hell is a place of darkness, deep sorrow and unquenchable fire, which was not prepared for man, but for the Devil and his angels; it will become a place of eternal separation fro God for all who reject Christ as Savior. (Matthew 13:41-42; Revelation 20:10, 15)
We believe that evangelizing and making disciples is the primary "business" of the church. Every hindrance to world-wide evangelism should be removed. (James 5:20; Mark 16:15)
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
We believe that tithing, giving 10 percent of earnings, and offerings, amounts determined by the individual, are God's instruments to carry on His ministry, spread the Gospel, and release personal blessing. (Malachi 3:10, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2)