As a Christian organization, we regard the following statements as our sound doctrine of faith, based upon the holy and inspired word of God, the Bible. All students enrolled at Eastern Appalachian Teen Challenge are required to attend chapel services, Sunday worship services, and participate in the Teen Challenge International Christian character building curriculum.
We believe that the scriptures are inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind. 2 Timothy 3:15-17
We believe there is only one true God, revealed in three persons…Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Matthew 28:19 / Isaiah 43:10-11
We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, that as God’s Son, he was both human and divine. Matthew 1:23 / Philippians 2:9-11
We believe that man willingly fell into sin, ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual into the world. Romans 5:12-19
We believe that every person can have a restored fellowship with God through salvation, by accepting Christ’s offer of forgiveness for sin.
Acts 10:37 / Romans 10:13-15 / Ephesians 2:8-9
We believe in water baptism by immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, and in the Holy Communion, (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation. Matthew 28:19 / 1 Corinthians 11:26
We believe the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a special experience following salvation. Acts 1:4, 8 / Mark 16:20
We believe that the physical evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is “speaking in tongues” as experienced in the book of Acts.
Acts 2:4 / 1 Corinthians 12:4-10
We believe that sanctification initially occurs at salvation and is a progressive lifelong process of separation from evil. Romans 12:1-2
We believe that the “Church” is the body of Christ and consists of those people, throughout time, who have accepted God’s plan of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ. I believe this Church has received the Great Commission to go into all the world to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:22-23 / Hebrews 12:23
We believe in a divinely called and scripturally ordained leadership ministry that serves the Church, i.e. apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists).
We believe that divine healing of the sick was provided for in Christ’s atonement.
We believe in the “blessed hope” – when Christ raptures His church prior to His return to earth (the Second Coming). 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
We believe in the millennial reign of Christ when He returns with His saints at His second coming. And at that time the nation of Israel will accept Him as Messiah. Matthew 14:27, 30 / Revelation 1:7
We believe that a final judgment will take place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a lake of fire, a literal place called hell. Matthew 25:46 / Revelation 19:20
We believe in and look forward to a perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him as their personal Lord and Savior. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on earth. 2 Peter 3:13 / Revelation 21:22