Today is: 06/23/24

Faith Statements

We believe-

1. The Bible is the inspired word of God. The prophets and the apostles were moved by the Holy Spirit to write it down as God revealed to them. In all of its teachings, it is without error or fault. It is the sole, final, authoritative source for faith and living for all people.

2. God is the Creator of the Universe and all humans. God eternally exists in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each possesses all the attributes of deity.

3. Jesus Christ is the second person of the trinity God. He is the Son of God, the incarnation of God on earth, the Reveler of God, and the Savior of humanity. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sins by dying on the cross as our substitute. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between God and us. He entered into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He will return to earth to consummate history. He accomplished salvation on the cross and showed the everlasting life in His resurrection.

4. Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity God. He is the presence of God in the world and in believers. He testifies to Jesus Christ and gives glory to God. He gives understanding to guide one to truth. He quickens one's soul and draws sinners to Christ, baptizes them, indwells in them. He sheds God's love on their hearts and reveals God's holiness and righteousness to them. He renews believers, imparts special spiritual gifts to them and enables believers for growth and service.

5. God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. God gave saving grace through Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and end our alienation from Him. All humans can receive this grace of salvation personally by repentance and trust in Jesus Christ alone. Everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.

6. We recognize two sacraments: baptism and communion. Baptism unites believers with Jesus Christ and makes them members of God's family, the Church. Communion is a time to renew faith and strengthen participants for the duties and privileges of Christian service. The bread and wine represent the sacrificial body and blood of Christ and recall the last meal shared with the Apostles. Together they symbolize the New Covenant between God and all people.

7. The Church is made up of Christ as the head and believers as the body. The Church is built upon the teachings of the apostles and the prophets. God appoints church leaders to watch over members. He puts all believers in proper places. Believers should participate in and belong to a local church where they reside. All churches should respect each other because they all together belong to Christ's one holy and catholic Church.

8. In relating to other Christian creeds, EFC agrees with the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Westminster Confession, and the Faith statement of Baptist.

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