Amman International Church is a body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ from a diverse, international background. The Scripture is our sole authority and source for which we worship, preach, teach, equip and govern ourselves. We affirm the following to be the essentials of the Christian faith to which all members of this church shall affirm:
The Bible: We believe in the absolute authority, inerrancy and sufficiency of The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors as inspired by the Holy Spirit. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor will be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
God: We believe in one God, Creator of all things: holy, infinitely perfect, unchangeable and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
Jesus Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—God’s promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
Man & Sin: We believe that God created Adam and Eve, male and female in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature (original sin) and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ alone can we be made spiritually alive, rescued, reconciled and renewed.
The Work of Christ in Salvation: We believe that Jesus Christ, The eternal Son of God, as our only representative and mediator, who shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins (substitutionary atonement). His atoning death satisfied the only condition by which sinners can be made right with God (justified) and receive salvation.
Response and Eternal Destiny: We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in genuine repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ by faith alone. We believe that God will raise the dead to a bodily resurrection and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.
The Church: We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifested in local churches, whose membership is to be composed only of regenerated believers. The church is to be led by a plurality of Elders (meeting the qualifications found in: 1 Tim 3, Titus 1, 1 Pe 5), called to shepherd, preach, teach, pray and be examples to the members. They are supported by Deacons, specifically called servants, to minister to the needs of the body in order to allow the elders to focus on preaching & shepherding the local congregation. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly testify to the gospel. Though they are not means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, reverence, and scripturally administered, these ordinances bear witness to each other and the world of the outward expression of an inward change.
Christian Living : We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us “be Holy as He is Holy” and to love Him supremely, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to The Great Commission, we are to make disciples among all people, teaching them to obey all that Christ has commanded and always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
Christ’s Return: We believe in the personal, visible and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ. he coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
AIC Statement on Theological Philosophy: Our statement of faith represents a minimal, protestant, broadly reformed and evangelical expression of the essential doctrines of the historic, apostolic Christian faith (Jude 1:3-4) . Respecting the diversity and reality of denominational or church traditions represented in our church, we focus on teaching the Bible from a historical-grammatical interpretation. Our weekly worship gatherings and liturgy are simple and focus on the essentials of expository preaching, corporate singing, prayer, fellowship and observing the ordinances of the Lords Supper (communion) and baptism (by immersion) of confessing believers. We gather together, under the Lordship of Christ, in a spirit of unity, governed by the sole authority of Scripture for equipping, growing in Christlikeness, in brotherly love and watchfulness over one another.
In order to maintain our unity, we expect charity on secondary/second order or finer points of theology. The Holy Spirit through the scriptures instructs genuine believers to be equipped, sound in doctrine and apply reasonable discernment to confront obvious heresies and false teachings which contradict essential, first order doctrines (Special Creation, The Inerrancy of Scripture, The Trinity, Salvation/Justification by Faith Alone, etc). Those false teachings to which seeds of confusion, divisiveness dissention and disunity are intentionally sown to destroy the Church are to be confronted in truth and love. (Titus, I & II Timothy, Jude, 2 Peter, I Cor 13-14)
Where members of AIC hold to sincere, honest convictions or opinions of a historical, theological, ecclesiological or eschatological in nature (biblical theological systems, cessation of revelatory/apostolic gifts, church governance, denominational traditions, replacement/restoration of Israel, etc) there is an expectation to keep these private, as a spiritual sacrifice, for the sake of the main and plain doctrines, the witness of the gospel and the expression of a spirit of love, unity, humility, winsomeness and respect. (Tit 3:19-20, 1 Cor 13).
AIC Statement on Gender & Marriage: We believe that God’s design for marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment before God for a lifetime (Gen. 2:18-25; Matt. 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-8; 1 Pet. 3:1-7). It is God’s command that those who enter marriage shall, in mutual love and respect, live in exclusive fidelity to one another. Marriage is God’s unique gift to be a metaphor and mirror the union between Christ and His Church (Eph. 5:22-33), and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the only framework for intimate companionship (Gen. 2:18), the exclusive channel for all and any sexual expression according to biblical standards (Gen. 2:24-25), and the means for procreation of the human race (Gen 1:28). Celibacy is the biblical standard for all believers, regardless of gender or sexual identity. Far from harming human society, this covenant relationship is designed by God to uphold the dignity of each person as an image bearer of God, to promote human flourishing, and to advance the betterment of humankind. Thus, it is the only marriage relationship ordained, approved and blessed by God. Therefore, any attempt to redefine marriage and gender according to cultural, political or worldly standards (e.g., same sex marriage, polygamy, transgenderism, etc.), add to, or take away from the clear and absolute scriptural definition marriage is to be denied because it is against the character of God, His ordained created order, natural relations and His good purposes for humanity.
Statement on Membership: We believe meaningful covenant membership is biblical (Matthew 18, I Cor 5, I Cor 12, Rom 16, Heb 10:25,13:17) and expected as an ordinary and primary means of receiving God’s grace, through hearing the expository preaching of the word, practical obedience, growth, sanctification serving and watchfulness over one another. Church membership provides for commitment, accountability and a mutual means of practicing sacrificial love and obedience to the “one another” commands.
Therefore; AIC encourages all believers who wish to formally join with AIC as their permanent, local church while residing in Jordan and to serve in any of the regular ministries of AIC, to submit a short testimony/background, affirm our statement of faith and a attend a personal meeting with one of the elders.
On a case-by-case basis, AIC will extend a ‘watch-care’ or provisional membership to those who are here in Jordan for a limited timeframe without affecting one’s home church membership status. This will allow for serving in some church ministries, but without voting privileges for church business, leadership, electing elders/deacons, etc.