We Are Chi Alpha
"We are therefore Christ Ambassadors"
CHI ALPHA XA
In the Bible, the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:20,
"We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God."
Our movement of campus ministries finds its identity in this passage. We believe that God longs to have each and every person be reconciled to Himself and the way re-connection happens is through the representation of his people. Each of us who takes on the identity of “Christian” becomes Christ’s ambassador – or Christou Apostoloi in Greek – which we shorten to the first letters “Chi” and “Alpha” or XA.
Our name is our constant reminder that each of us has a real part to play in this world. We each can carry Him within us to bring Him closer to the people around us.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
IT’S NOT WHAT WE BELIEVE BUT IN WHOM WE BELIEVE…
Our faith is not based on a set of ideas but in Jesus.
God has called us to steward a community of worship, prayer, fellowship, discipleship, and witness. This community exists to proclaim the Gospel, train leaders, and engage in the mission of God to the ends of the earth. Above all, we aim to make Jesus central to the way we think and believe.
Paul wrote in Colossians 1:28
“Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.”
It is Him that we preach and in Him that we trust.
OUR COMMITMENT TO CHRIST
So many of us grow up with a bad taste for religion, specifically Christians, or we think Christianity is boring, a bunch of rule-following and religious rituals. Well, we can assure you that the cross Christ bled and died on was for so much more than that! Christ died for love, our salvation, and our whole hearts! In Chi Alpha, we want you to have a vibrant, personal, and lasting relationship with Christ first and foremost! We want you to understand this phrase, “The Gospel,” and let it change you from the inside out. Everything we do is geared to help foster that understanding and connection above all else!
OUR FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF
Chi Alpha is the college ministry of the Assemblies of God. Our fundamental beliefs are from the fundamental beliefs of AG. AG also provides each local campus with support, resources and connectivity to a larger worldwide movement. They work to equip the leaders of each local XA, both the vocational missionaries associated with each group and the student leaders.
16 FUNDAMENTAL DOCTRINES
…the Scriptures are inspired by God and declare his design and plan for mankind.
…there is only One True God- revealed in three persons… Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: this is commonly known as the Trinity.
…in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God’s Son Jesus was both human and divine.
…even though man was created to walk in loving fellowship with God, he willingly committed sin–ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.
…every person can have restored fellowship with God through Salvation (trusting Christ, through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior.) This is one of four cardinal doctrines of the Assemblies of God.
…and practice two ordinances—(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation.
… the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a special experience following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. This is the second of the four cardinal doctrines of the Assemblies of God.
…the initial physical evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ as experienced on the day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.
…Sanctification initially occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.
… the Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe ‘the Church’ is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God’s offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.
… a divinely called and Scripturally ordained leadership ministry serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, to build up or edify the body of believers–the Church and to meet human need with ministries of love and compassion.
…divine healing of the sick is a privilege for Christians today and is provided for in Christ’s atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). The third of four cardinal doctrines of the Assemblies of God.
… in ‘The Blessed Hope’—When Jesus raptures His Church prior to His return to Earth (the second coming of Christ). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. The fourth of the four cardinal doctrines of the Assemblies of God.
… in the Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace.
… 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 punishing lake of fire.
… and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. ‘And so shall we forever be with the Lord!’