WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
The gospel is good news. That's what the word gospel means. The gospel is the message of good news about what God has done for us through Jesus Christ.
But first, the bad news. No one likes to talk about sin, but we have to understand the bad news before we can fully appreciate the good news. The Bible shows us that all human beings are sinners and that we have all rebelled against the God who made us. Ultimately, God's judgment against our sin is death--eternal separation from a holy God.
But the Bible also shows us that God is merciful, gracious, and wholly loving. It wouldn't be just or loving for God to merely excuse our sin and to look the other way. Instead, God in His justice and love made a way of forgiveness in order to bring about our reconciliation with Him.
God sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world to save sinners. Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to God, a life that we should have lived. Jesus died the death that we should have died as the just punishment for our sins. He was put to death on a cross, bearing the wrath of God in our place as our substitute.
The Bible says that the good news of forgiveness and reconciliation is for all who repent (turn away from sin and return to God), and who place their trust in the saving work of Jesus Christ made on their behalf.
This good news shapes all that we believe and all that we do as a local church.
If you would like to learn more about what is the gospel, please contact us. We would love the opportunity to connect with you and share with you more about the good news of Jesus Christ.
WHAT IS AN EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH?
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.
To learn more about the Evangelical Free Church of America visit efca.org.
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:
Evangelical Free Church of America Statement of Faith. Adopted by the EFCA National Conference on June 26, 2008.
COMMUNION & BAPTISM
Every other month we take time during both of our morning worship services to celebrate Communion together. The Bible teaches that sharing in Communion (also called the Lord's Supper) is an opportunity to be reminded of what Jesus Christ has done for us through his sacrificial death. At E-Free Bemidji, we practice something called open communion. This means that we invite anyone who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ to celebrate and remember with us in Communion.
We believe that all Christians should be baptized. We don't believe that the Bible teaches that baptism saves us from our sins or that baptism is necessary for salvation. Baptism is an act of obedience to Christ and is a public profession of faith and declaration of a Christian's identification with him. We believe that baptism by immersion best reflects the historical practice and theological meaning of baptism as taught in the New Testament.
We believe that it is important for Christians to identify themselves with their local church through membership. To find out more about what church membership entails, download our Membership Handbook.