Statement of Faith

 

 

1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three 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.

 

2. We believe God has spoken in the scriptures, both Old and new Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation for His will for salvation, and ultimately the authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

 

3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In the union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under his wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

 

4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’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.

 

5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

 

6. 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.

 

7. We believe that the true Church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. The true Church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be comprised of only believers.

 

8. We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, 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 able to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are able to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

 

9. We believe in the personal and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy, and as our blessed assurance, motivates the believer to Godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

 

10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the Gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. The bodily death of the believer is followed by immediately receiving blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and ultimately the new earth. To the praise of his glorious grace.

 

11. We believe that God created us for good works that he prepared in advance for us to do. Because sin entered the world work is now toilsome with many challenges. We believe Jesus Christ came to redeem us so that work, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, can glorify God and be a ministry of reconciliation.

 

Modified from the EFCA Statement of Faith

 

 


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