The version of the EFCA Statement of Faith voted upon at the Merger. EFCA Statement of Faith Teaching Notes – Article 1. Part of an week series. EFCA Statement of Faith Teaching Notes – Article 7. Part of an week series.
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The Holy Spirit gives all Christians different gifts. In the EFCA we allow beliefs within certain acceptable theological parameters on a number of doctrinal issues.
Many think this divine property means that God can do all things. The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united efva these theological convictions: This is part of the science of hermeneutics where we must realize that the authors of the Bible write in different styles, such as, historical narrative, poetry, prophecy, sarcasm, etc.
Therefore, an eternal hell makes logical sense if free will is really freeand hell is perfect justice for those who are eternally unrepentant Revelation Top 10 Articles of December 31, In affirming premillennialism, we affirm the breadth of the premillennial view including Dispensation Premillennialism, Progressive Dispensationalism and Historic Premillennialism.
Although God is omnipotent, this does not mean that He can do the logically impossible. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. If I had my druthers I would tweak a couple of these statements especially the ninth statement on eschatology ; however, I can affirm all ten of these as they are currently written. Article 7, The Church that one is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone key Pauline and Reformation truths.
It is not as if this is catching us completely unaware, but it is a new day that will require a new way of thinking about and responding to this.
What we believe Download this presentation. Taking part in this ordinance does not provide salvation; rather, it is for those who are already statemebt to partake in. Evangelical Free Church of America. The community of all true believers for all time. How is it that the EFCA allows both infant paedo and believer baptism credo? The study of the end times is referred to as eschatology.
He convicts the world of its guilt. Therefore, I hold to a literal framework faihh of creation. Therefore, He had to become human to experience physical death and to experience gaith spiritual death was like during His supernatural suffering for three hours on the cross Matt The answer is found by dwelling upon how any relationship is restored. 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.
However, we do not believe that our differing views on this matter among others should prevent our unity in the gospel in full local church fellowship. InRoe v. Marriage is much caith than merely a contract between two persons a secular notion.
EFCA Statement of Faith Resources and Teaching Notes | EFCA
That would not be true love! More specifically, it would be accurate to say that the EFCA is ecumenical in spirit, viz. January Learn how fwith when to remove this template message. Giving Churches Blog Resources Contact. Furthermore, to say that one must be baptized for salvation is in direct faitb with Eph 2: Evil will not be overcome fully and completely when Christ returns in glory, but only after an intermediate kingdom which must precede that final victory of God.
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Theological Definitions and Positions
The offending party must confess and repent. Therefore, God can make sure that those He knows will accept Him will be born in a time and a place in which they will hear the gospel.
Theologically and pastorally, we affirm God is the sovereign one who remains sovereign as he unfolds his providential plan in this fallen-redeemed-not-yet-glorified world. These are the explicit essentials of creation we affirm. With this position, we do not want to portray that the Statemejt are unclear or baptism does not matter.
He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God.
Resources for Statement of Faith Transition. But the timing paedo and credo and the mode sprinkling and immersion we have placed in a category of silence, i.
EFCA Statement of Faith Teaching Notes – Article 6
Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people fwith Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation. Our affirmation of the premillennial return of Christ in the Statement entails the following:. Christ exposed and reversed the course of human depravity, died for our sins, redeemed us from the power of evil, took our sins away and forgave us expiationreconciled us to God and removed his wrath against us propitiationand continues to empower us Acts I joined them early in this process to present the revised SOF at a congregational forum, teach a Sunday school class and dialogue with individuals who had questions about the SOF and the process the EFCA went through to adopt the revision as a denomination.
Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
Please discuss further on the talk page. The elders saw this preparation period as an excellent opportunity to encourage the congregation to mature theologically. You can be assured the EFCA will work prayerfully and diligently to provide instruction, guidance and resources for pastors and churches. This is not a problem for a maximally great God. We regard marriage as a good creation of God, and marriage within the Church as a rite and institution tied directly to our foundational belief of God as creator.