We read in the book of Acts in the Bible, at the inception of the church, that "They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer."
While our world two millennia later might look different, we still believe we need the same things today. At Casper Alliance Church, we are committed to knowing God through what He has revealed in Scripture, especially the Good News of Jesus Christ, that he died to forgive us our sins and rose to make us right again with God. Because of this great love, we are able to draw near to God and pour our lives out for one another.
In the Christian & Missionary Alliance it is common to hear, "It is all about Jesus." That is because we believe that God is most fully revealed in the person and work and teachings of Jesus Christ. In John 1:14 we read, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." We summarize this in the Christian and Missionary Alliance in the Fourfold Gospel.
The Fourfold Gospel
Jesus is our Savior
Jesus lived the perfect life we could not, died in our place, and rose from the dead. He has conquered sin and removed the penalty of eternal death for those who place their trust in Him.
Jesus is our Sanctifier
Not only has Jesus saved us from the penalty of sin, but he also frees us from the power of sin. Through Jesus, we can experience full life in Jesus, through His Spirit, in increasing measure even now and into eternity.
Jesus is our Healer
Throughout His ministry on earth, Jesus healed the broken and sick. While our ultimate hope for physical healing is at the Second Coming of Jesus, we still believe that Jesus heals today.
Jesus is our Coming King
As Jesus was preparing to die, he told his disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them, and that He was coming back. We look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus, when all will be made right and we will forever be with the Lord.
Because the C&MA is "All About Jesus," as summarized in the Fourfold Gospel, this permeates down into everything that we do. Not only what we do, but how we do it, summarized in our Core Values.
Lost People Matter to God. He Wants Them Found
Prayer is the Primary Work of God's People
Everything We Have Belongs to God. We Are His Stewards
Knowing and Obeying God's Word is Fundamental to All True Success
Completing the Great Commission will Require the Mobilization of Every Fully Devoted Disciple
Without the Holy Spirit's Empowerment, We Can Accomplish Nothing
Achieving God's Purposes Means Taking Faith-Filled Risks. This Always Involves Change.
Jesus’ last words before His glorious ascension into Heaven were given as a commission to His disciples. This Great Commission remains a command—a mandate—to every believer in Jesus Christ. His Great Commission is the Call of The Christian and Missionary Alliance.
The Alliance family is diverse and united. More than 400,000 believers worship in 31 languages in 2,000 U.S. Alliance churches, with 30,000 Alliance churches throughout the world. Living the Call Together, the Alliance slogan, describes what The Alliance is and does—a union of worldwide churches that are living out the preeminence of Jesus and fulfilling His Great Commission.
Recognizing differences of opinion on non-essential matters of interpretation and teaching, we encourage Christian forbearance in such. On any doctrine not contained in the Statement of Faith, we are not committed as a church, and we attempt to individually hold the truth in love. The C&MA's "Perspectives" page offers more information on some of the more controversial doctrinal differences.
We practice baptism by immersion of those who give testimony that they have believed in Jesus. Although baptism is not required for membership, we earnestly encourage all believers to be baptized in obedience to the command of Christ.
The Lord's Supper
This ordinance is observed each month, usually on the first Sunday, and is open to all believers.
Dedication of Children
While we do not recognize it as an ordinance of the church, we do encourage parents who have committed their lives to Christ to bring their young children to the Lord in an act of dedication. Dedication involves the giving over of the child to God for His care and protection as well as the realization of all the potential of the young life to the glory of God. It also involves the promise of the parents to weave around the child the influences of a Christian home in order that the child might ultimately be brought to a saving knowledge of Christ and into a place of Christian maturity.