This section is known as “doctrine” and in all honesty, can be kind of boring and dry to people who are not well acquainted with the church.

That’s O.K.  We understand.

But we’ve come to believe that what we believe matters.  Right beliefs lead to a right faith and therefore right living – so it’s important that we do state and understand these doctrinal issues.  If any of the verbiage or wording is confusing or unclear – please leave a comment and we’ll get back to you with a response asap!

The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:

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. 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.

The Bible
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.

The Human Condition
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.

Jesus Christ
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.

The Work of Christ
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.

The Holy Spirit
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.

The Church
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. 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, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living
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 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.

Christ’s Return
We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial 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.

Response and Eternal Destiny
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 in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.


4 thoughts on “Beliefs”

  1. How do we know that the Bible is inspired and complete? In particular, how do we know that the books in the Bible are inspired and the books not in the Bible are not inspired?

  2. Hi Missy, it was great to meet you this morning!

    Thanks for the question! Yes, we believe that when a Christian dies, they are immediately in the presence of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 1:23, and other passages seem to make that pretty clear to us. Then, when Christ returns to the earth to take His own to be with Him (the rapture) those Christians who have already died will be changed into an eternal state with a resurrected, but new body. (2 Corinthians 15:50-58). Sometimes we within the church differ on our opinions regarding the timing of all this, and that seems understandable, since a lot of it is not clearly spelled out in a sequence that we can understand. But based on what we can determine from the various passages dealing with the end times, this is the position our church takes.

    I appreciate the question… feel free to ask anything at all…


  3. Missy Robson said:

    Do you belief that when we die, if we are saved, that we immediately see Jesus? That our spirit is resurrected?

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