The Educators of Christian Faith Network (ECFNet) Statement of Faith
There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality. (1 Tim. 2:5a; Matt. 28:19)
Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever. (John 1:1, 14)
Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for our sins by dying on the cross as our substitute, shedding His blood for our redemption, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. (1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7a)
Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died. (1 Cor. 15:4)
Jesus Christ ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and mankind, continually makes intercession for His own. (Acts 1:9, 2:33, 36)
We were originally created in the image of God. We sinned by disobeying God; thus, we were alienated from our Creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation.
Our nature is corrupted, and we are thus totally unable to please God. Every person is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
Our salvation is wholly a work of God’s free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight.
Whenever any person repents of their sin to God and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, he/she is regenerated (born again) and becomes a living member of the Body of Christ (Acts 20:21; John 3:3; Eph. 1:22-23; Rom. 12:5)
It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Saviour. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written Word.
The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men and women. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control are appropriated in the believer’s life by faith.
We, as believers, are called to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit so that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God.
Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men and women, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith.
The Holy Scriptures, the Bible, as originally given by God, are divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy, and constitute the only supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Pet. 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16).
God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
At physical death, believers enter immediately into eternal conscious fellowship with the Lord, and await the resurrection of their bodies to everlasting glory and blessing. (Matthew 25:45-46)
At physical death, unbelievers enter immediately into eternal conscious separation from the Lord and await the resurrection of their bodies to everlasting judgment and condemnation. (Jude 1:6-8)
Jesus Christ will come again to the earth – personally, visibly and bodily – to receive His believers to Himself and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. (1 Thes. 2:19)
The Holy Spirit enables believers to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to disciple men and women of every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambition be subordinated to a total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Christians have a responsibility to teach truth and social policy that improves the strength and health of the family, as God designed.
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