The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of over 1,200 churches. The Free Church also includes a worldwide ministry of 1,400 churches on 40 mission fields. Evangelical refers to our emphasis on the good news of God's love expressed in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Free refers to our form of church government - every local church has the right and responsibility to govern itself.
The Evangelical Free Church believes in fellowship and cooperation with other churches and denominations of similar faith. We have our early roots in the Scandinavian countries but we include persons from many ethnic backgrounds.
The offer of salvation is open to all who decide to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. We urge all people to make this decision. Any one of our pastoral staff would be glad to discuss this further with you.
We believe that people need to be restored to a right relationship with God. We need salvation because we have all sinned and resisted God's plan for our lives. We need to give God his rightful place in our lives as Lord and Master.
All of the good things we do will never be enough to save us from the penalty of sin, which is death and separation from God. God's love for us is deep and lasting. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for the punishment of our sins. God raised him from the dead on the third day and accepted Christ's payment for sin. In Christ, God offers us forgiveness and eternal salvation as a free gift. When we choose to surrender to Christ our old life is past and all things become new. (II Corinthians 5)
We celebrate Communion, the Lord's Supper, quarterly during the Sunday morning worship services. We practice "open communion" which means that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is invited to participate. We believe that all Christians should be baptized even though baptism is not regarded as a means of salvation. We practice baptism by immersion of those who profess personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Evangelical Free Church of America Statement of Faith. Adopted by the EFCA National Conference on June 26, 2008.