Statement of Faith

We believe:

  1. The Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired and infallible Word of God, the necessary and complete revelation of His will for the salvation of humankind, and is the ultimate authority for Christian faith and living.
  2. In the one true and living God, eternally existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We believe that the triune God is the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Ruler of all Creation, but is prior to, and distinct from the Creation.
  3. The first man, Adam, was created by God in his image, but fell from his original state by sinning against God, and hence incurred upon himself and all his descendants the guilt of sin, condemnation, and death; therefore, all humans are in need of salvation, but are totally incapable of saving themselves.
  4. After the fall, God, in His mercy and love, made a provision for human redemption through the establishment of the covenant of grace with His people by the promise and actual giving of His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, whom we believe is justification and life.
  5. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, sent by the Father, begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary; that He lived a sinless and obedient life, that he suffered and died on the cross vicariously for the sins of His people who believe in Him; that God raised Him from the dead, exalted Him both as Lord and Christ, and gave Him the promise of the Holy Spirit for His Church.
  6. Humans are saved by grace through faith in Christ in response to the Gospel being preached, or otherwise presented, in the power of the Holy Spirit, through whom ransomed sinners become the children of God and heirs of eternal life; that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and humankind; and that through Him and Him alone believers have access to the Father.
  7. Every believer is a new creature in Christ, and is called to walk in the Spirit, to die unto sin, and to live unto righteousness, and thereby manifest the fruits of the Spirit, conforming himself to the image of Christ; and that good works are the fruit of a Christian life, and are not ways of justification.
  8. God alone is the Lord of our conscience, and that believers are free from the commands of men which are contrary to, or in addition to the Scriptures in matters of faith and conduct.
  9. The church, consisting of all true believers, being Christ’s own, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, is the Body of Christ, the invisible church; that the church is holy, universal, and one in Christ; that the invisible church manifests itself in the visible church, local congregations consisting of all who profess to believe in Christ and are baptized; that as the people of God and a kingdom of priests the church is called to grow unto the stature of the fullness of Christ and to fulfill her mission through the exercise of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, in worship, sacraments, fellowship, discipline, and service.
  10. The priesthood of all believers, the parity of ministers and the laity.
  11. On the last day, at the consummation of redemption, Christ will come again, personally and visibly to the earth, to judge the living and the dead; that there will be a bodily resurrection of the dead, of the believers through the Holy Spirit unto the inheritance of eternal life, and the unbelievers unto condemnation; and that a new heaven and a new earth will be ushered in.

 (Copied from the Faith Statement of the E.F.C., approved by the General Assembly.)