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This is my own personal statement of faith, in no way associated with the EFCA (EFCA statement of faith).

a. Inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures

I believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, that the Scriptures were written by men "borne along by the Holy Spirit," that they are a true and accurate record of God's revelation to man, that therefore, the Bible is inerrant in its original writings and is absolutely authoritative in matters of faith and practice.  (II Tim 3:16; II Pet 1:21, 3:16; Rom 15:4)

b.  Virgin birth and deity of Christ

I believe Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary, conceived of the Holy Spirit, is both fully God and fully man; that the incarnation was a putting on of humanity, not a putting aside of deity. (Is 7:14; Luke 1:30-35; Matt 1:18; John 1:1,14,18, 8:58; Rom 1:2-5, 9:5; I Tim 3:16; Heb 2:17,18, 4:15)

c.  Death and resurrection of Christ

I believe that Christ, being fully God and fully man, without sin, was uniquely qualified to be the perfect sacrificial lamb provided by God once and for all for man's salvation; that Christ willingly submitted to the will of the Father and gave his blood on the cross so that the sins of the world could be forgiven.  I believe that after his death, Christ's body was laid in a tomb and on the third day he was raised in this same body, though glorified, and was afterward seen by many. (Is 53; Matt 26:39,42,44; Matt 28; John 1:29, 19:17-42; Rom 3:25-26; I Cor 15:3-8; II Cor 5:15)

d.  Personality, baptism and filling of the Holy Spirit

I believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity, possessing personality and the attributes of deity; that the Spirit restrains evil, convicts the lost, regenerates the believer, indwells, guides, and instructs the believer, testifying of Christ; that the filling of the Holy Spirit empowers the believer for Godly living, service, and worship.  (John 14:16-17,26, 16:7-15; Acts 1:8, 4:8,31; Rom 8:9, 26-27; I Cor 2:14,  6:19, 12:7,13; Eph 1:13-14, 4:30; II Thess 2:7; I John 2:27)

e.  Healing and tongues today

I believe that some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, those commonly known as the "sign" gifts, including tongues and miraculous healings, which were given to the early church, were temporary.  I believe these gifts were given for the purpose of revelation and as a means of authenticating revelation for the founding of the church and are not necessary signs of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit.  (Acts 4:8,31; Rom 8:23; I Cor 14:21-22)

f.  Security of the believer

I believe that the true believer has "passed out of death into life" and is saved forever; that God seals the believer with the Holy Spirit, who abides with the believer; that Christ ever lives to make intercession for the believer and will present the believer faultless before God. (John 5:24, 10:28, 14:16-17; Rom 8:29-30; I Cor 6:11,19-20; Eph 1:3-4, 13; Heb 7:25; I John 5:13)

g.  The Church, including the ordinances

I believe that all who have been baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ are part of the invisible, universal church; that the church is distinct from Israel; that the purpose of the church is to glorify God and build up one another; that the only ordinances of the church are water baptism and the Lord's Supper  (Matt 16:16-18, 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 10:47-48; Rom 12:5; I Cor 11:23-26, 12:12-14,20,25-27; Gal 3:26-29; Eph 1:22-23; Col 3:14-17)

h.  Rapture of the Church

I believe that the rapture, which we eagerly await, is the imminent return of Christ to take to himself all believers, living and dead, to remain forever with Him; that the rapture will precede the tribulation so that all believers will be kept from the hour of testing. (John 14:1-4; I Cor 15:51-52; Phil 3:20; I Thess 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14; Rev 3:10-11, 22:20)

i.  The millennium

I believe that after the tribulation, Christ will return to earth in the same manner as He left, bodily and visibly, ushering in the era of Israel's restoration and universal peace for a thousand years; that during the millennium Satan will be bound in the abyss and the Davidic covenant will be fulfilled. (Deut 30:1-30; II Sam 7; Is 2, 11:9; Ez 37:21-28; Zech 14; Matt 24:15-25:46; Acts 15:16-17; Romans 11:25-27; II Tim 3:1-5; Rev 19:20, 20:1-3)

j.  Eternal punishment

I believe that all men await an eternal destiny; that at death the soul of the believer is immediately in the presence of God, and the soul of the unbeliever is in a place of torment; that just as the soul and the glorified body of the believer will be reunited when Christ returns, so the soul and body of the unbeliever will also be reunited at the great white throne; that just as believers are destined for eternal life with Christ, all unbelievers, whose names are not written in the Book of Life will have eternal life in hell, which is the lake of fire; that just as the reward of the believer is conscious, the punishment of hell is conscious, not an annihilation of the unbeliever, but an everlasting torment, separated from the presence of God. (Matt 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-26, 23:42; II Cor 5:8; Eph 4:8-9; Phil 1:23; II Thess 1:7-9; II Pet 2:9; Jude 6-7; Rev 20:11-15)

k.  Satan and demons

I believe that Satan is the angel Lucifer, who sought to make himself equal with God, and was cast out of heaven before the foundation of the earth along with a third of the angels of heaven who followed him; that some of these angels became demons, acting upon Satan's will, while others are "reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day;" that, though the outcome has already been determined, Satan and his demons are warring against God and His people, using every means of deceit and lies; that Satan is the arch enemy, the great tempter, and the relentless accuser of believers; that Satan will be bound and cast in the abyss at the second coming of Christ, will be loosed after a thousand years, and finally cast into the lake of fire to be tormented day and night forever.  (Gen 3:1-6; Job 1:6-12; Is 14:12-17; Ez 28:11-19; John 8:44; II Cor 4:3-4, 11:13-15; Eph 6:10-12; Col 2:15; I Tim 4:1-3; I Pet 5:8; II Pet 2:4; Jude 6; Rev 12:10, 19:20, 20:1-3,10)

l.  The Christian's responsibility toward evangelism

I believe that although the Holy Spirit gifts some believers as evangelists, it is the responsibility of all believers to do the work of evangelism, just as all believers are to do the work of the other "service" gifts; that Christ's mandate to the apostles to make disciples is His mandate to believers of this age as well, until He comes again. (Matt 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 2, 5:42, 6:5-8; I Cor 12; Eph 4:11-15)

 

 

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