At Ignite, Jesus is the heartbeat of everything we do. He’s what makes us go, who we live for, the person that we orient our lives around. We want our church to embody his love for each other and the world around us. While the doctrines that express our faith in him aren't everything, they help give shape to our faith.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem humanity (John 1:1-2; 14, Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice and that our justification is made sure by his literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24, 1Peter 2:24, Ephesians 1:7, 1Peter 1:3-5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our high priest, he fulfills the ministry of representative, intercessor, and advocate (Acts 1:9-10, Hebrews 7:25, 9:24, Romans 8:34, 1John 2:1-2).
We believe that the church is meant to bear witness to the good news of the gospel and love of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14-20). This mission is not something that is just done overseas; rather mission is something that is done every day of our life (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8). As God is on a mission to redeem humanity, to bring hope out of desperation, to bring freedom out of bondage, to bring life out of death, so the church is on mission to be a light to all people (Matthew 5:14) of every race and every nation (Psalm 46:10).
The sacrament of baptism is primarily about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. In addition to communicating the sovereign work of God, participation in baptism demonstrates one’s obedient response to faith in Jesus.
We see God’s commitment to restoring broken sinners to fellowship with Him in the often-repeated phrase, “I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Genesis 17:8; Jeremiah 24:7; 31:33; 32:38; Ezekiel 11:20; 37:23, 27; Zechariah 8:8). In the Book of Revelation, upon seeing a vision of the new heavens and the new earth, John hears a loud voice saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God” (21:3). All of Scripture bears witness to our God’s commitment to covenant relationship with His redeemed people.
Baptism is one of the ways in which an individual takes ownership for their part in the covenant relationship. By participating in the sacrament, an individual publicly declares both the authority and intimate presence of Jesus Christ in their lives. It is as if one is responding, “He will be my God, and I will be a part of his people.” As the sacrament expresses one’s union with Christ, it necessarily expresses one’s union with his body, the Church. For this reason, we readily incorporate baptisms into our worship gatherings and emphasize the public nature of the sacrament.
The Person and the Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment and that he is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11, 2Corinthians 3:6, 1Corinthians 12:12-14, Romans 8:9, Ephesians 5:18). He is the one who comforts us in our pain, the one who counsels us in our trials, and the one who guides us to live in all truth (John 15:26). He produces fruit in us that does not earn our salvation, but rather that is evidence that our salvation has and is taking place (Galatians 5:22-23, John 15:8)._
The Absolute Depravity of Man
We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God, and that man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:22-23, 5:12, Ephesians 2:1-3; 12).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on the cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1Peter 1:18-19).
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential (proving the presence of the Holy Spirit), nor an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, & 13; Ephesians 4:7-8).