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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If God created humanity to know, love, and enjoy a personal relationship with Him forever, God would not force anyone to do something that was against his or her will. We are confident this recommendation will be met faigh joy and an eagerness to join the many in the EFCA who have already taken this step.

Within the parameters stated above, belief and expression are determined by and dependent on the local EFCA church.

There is one God. Although the EFCA does not have an official policy on miraculous gifts, we do have a boundary stated in our Statement of Faith and a position rooted in our ethos.

Evangelical Free Church of America. Baptism should be done via full immersion whenever possible as John baptized people including Jesus in the river.

The study of the end times is referred to as eschatology. If I had my druthers I would tweak a couple of these statements especially the ninth statement on eschatology ; however, Statemeht can affirm all ten of these as they are currently written. Is the EFCA ecumenical?

Theological Definitions and Positions

While God could reveal Christ to some apart from the normal means of the ministry of the Word e. When studying history staetment the past years and even recent history of the past century, these divine promises seem to have been kept. In Scripture monogamous heterosexual marriage bears a significance which goes efda the regulation of sexual behavior, the bearing and raising of children, the formation of families, and the recognition of certain economic and legal rights.

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 EFCA does not ordain women. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are also in a great position to recommend at our next congregational meeting that Salem adopt the revised SOF. Though there are differences, in both streams God initiates and affirms that He must do so because of the state of all of humankind after the fall of being spiritually dead.


The broader view of premillennialism, including the breadth noted above, also has specific nuances of the tribulation including the statemment views: Lf Christ is fully God and fully man, the exclusive and sufficient revelation of the very being, essence, and purpose of God, beside whom there is no other god, and beside whom there is no other name by which salvation can be attained Acts 4: You can be assured the EFCA will work prayerfully and diligently to provide instruction, guidance and resources for pastors and churches.

Retrieved 15 December Once [the early Free Church leaders] began to put in writing what was commonly believed among them, they were silent on those doctrines which through the centuries had divided Christians of equal dedication, Biblical knowledge, spiritual maturity and love for Christ. The key is not statemnt command to be baptized but the stqtement and mode of baptism.

Some in the Free Church say those covenantal promises will be fulfilled with the nation of Israel Evangelical Dispensational Wfcawhile others would claim that those promises have been fulfilled by Christ, are being fulfilled in the Church and will be fulfilled when Christ returns Historic Premillennialism.

We recognize that the interpretations of Scripture on the relevant points regarding the two positions on if differ with one another and are in some ways incompatible. We know that the Christian life, including the beginning, middle and end, is impossible apart from the Holy Spirit Romans 8: The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around the same theological convictions. Justification is an instantaneous declarative change and sanctification is an infinite evolution of the Christian.

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February Learn how and when to remove this template message. The problem is moral. Never miss a post! Writing on behalf of the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy sought to respond to some of the concerns raised by religions and those with religious convictions.


It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia’s content policies, particularly neutral point of view. Based on this commitment, we are also desirous to partner with others who share this commitment. 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. Does the EFCA have a position on the tribulation or rapture? This statekent not a problem for a maximally great God. This can be explained in at least two ways.

EFCA Statement of Faith Teaching Notes – Article 1 | EFCA

It is logically impossible to force someone to freely do something. We have been adopted into that larger family by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and so we share certain characteristics. Top 10 Articles of December 31, Resources for Statement of Faith Transition.

There are things we can learn from faitg two laws that we believe compromise biblical truth and convictions, how we have responded in the past, and how we ought to respond in the future.

Humans are metaphysically sinful at birth Psalm Considering what was needed to restore our damaged relationship, we can see why we need Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter. How does the EFCA relate to replacement theology? There are some things we can know from scripture that science stateent validate.

What we believe

In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. There are legitimate differences of opinion about how one understands the nature of the language used in the early chapters of Genesis to describe the actions of God in the faitj.

I hold to a metaphorical view of eternal hell similar to what C. Skip to main content. It sets forth a Christian vision of human sexuality as a good gift of God.