Statement of Faith
With Selected Scripture References
(Please note: The Scripture references in this document are not intended to be exhaustive but to give some of the Biblical support for these statements. For a more complete explanation of the Biblical basis for our Statement of Faith, please consult “Evangelical Convictions: A Theological Exposition of the Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America” – 2011 by Free Church Press.)
The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:
1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11). Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power (Psalm 33:13-15; Hebrews 4:13), God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself (Titus 1:2; 1 Peter 1:20) and to make all things new for His own glory (Matthew 19:28; Revelation 21:5).
2. We believe that 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 of His will for salvation and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should 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. (Exodus 32:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In 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. (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:1-24; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12-21; Romans 6:23)
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. (Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1,14; Acts 1:9; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Hebrews 1:3, 8; Hebrews 4:14-15; Hebrews 9:24)
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. (Isaiah 53; Matthew 28:1-10; John 1:12-13; 5:24; 10:27-29; 11:49-52; 14:6; Romans 5:6-10; Colossians 1:19-22; Hebrews 9:22)
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. (John 7:38-39; John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:7-11, 13-14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:11; Romans 15:13)
7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-10). They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head (Matthew 16:13-18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18). The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:26-38; Acts 10:34-48; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26) when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
8. We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose (2 Thessalonians 2:13). 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 to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed. (Amos 5:24; Micah 6:8; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:28-31; Acts 4:32-35; Romans 10:12-15; Ephesians 6:11-18; Titus 2:11-14; James 1:27; 1 Peter 2:12)
9. We believe in the personal, bodily and pre-millennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The 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 (John 14:3; Acts 1:7-11; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Titus 2:11-14; Revelation 20:1-6).
Response and Eternal Destiny
10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord (Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 14:15-24; John 5:28-29; Revelation 11-15; Revelation 20:4-6) in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.