ARTICLES OF FAITH
Moundridge Evangelical Free Church adopts the Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America and its distinctives without reservation. In addition the following is our detailed Statement of Faith.
We believe in only one God, the Creator of all things, who is infinite, personal, eternally existing in three persons, and who is revealed to us in Scripture as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Gn 1:1; Dt 6:4; Ps 90:2; Is 43:10; 44:6; 45:22; Mt 28:19; Jn 5:26; 1 Co 8:4; 2 Co 13:14; Col 1:16-19).
1. THE FATHER
God the Father is the first person of the Trinity and is designated as the Father in His relationships both within the Godhead and with regard to His creation. The Father demonstrates authority with equality; the Son and the Holy Spirit submit to the will of the Father in all things (Ps 2:7; Mt 6:9; Lk 22:42; Jn 14:15-17, 26).
2. THE SON - JESUS CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son who has neither beginning nor ending. He was placed in the womb of the virgin Mary by Divine Providence through the agency of the Holy Spirit. He became fully man without ceasing to be fully God. As the God-Man, Jesus lived a life of sinless perfection, manifested God to man, fulfilled the righteous requirements of the law, and provided the only sufficient sacrifice to redeem a lost humanity by His substitutional life, death, burial, and resurrection. After rising to new life He ascended into heaven where He now rules and reigns on high. Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. He is the perfect Prophet, Priest, and King (Deut 18:15; Is 9:6; Mt 1:23-25; Lk 1:35; 24:37-40; 24:50-51; Jn 1:1, 14, 3:16-18; 8:28; Ac 3:22-23; 4:12; 7:56; Rm 8:34; 1 Co 15:3-4, 20; Php 2:5-11; 1 Tim 2:5-6; Heb 1:3; 2:3-4; 4:14-16; 7:25; 9:11-14; 1 Pt 2:22; 1 Jn 1:1-10, 2:1; Rev 1:5).
3. THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity. He is a person, not a force. The Holy Spirit's ministries include convicting all people of sin, righteousness and the judgment to come. The Holy Spirit accomplishes His work among mankind by: calling and pointing people to Jesus, by regenerating souls, indwelling and filling for service, and baptizing believers into the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit sets us apart to a holy life; teaching us the Word of God, seals us in Christ, and empowers us to live as God commands. The Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to each believer according to God's will (Gn 1:2; Jn 3:5-8; 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-14; Ac 1:8; 5:3-4; 1 Co 2:9-14; 3:16; 12:3-13, 28-31; 13:8-11: Ga 5:16-25; Eph 1:13-14; 5:18).
We believe the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety, is the only divinely, verbally inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God. The Bible is the complete revelation of God's will for the salvation of men and the only infallible rule of faith and practice for the Christian (Dt 29:29; Is 8:20; Jn 10:35; 1 Co 8:4; 2 Tim 3:15-17; 2 Pt 1:21).
C. HUMAN RACE
We believe that both man and woman were created in the image of God to enjoy a personal relationship with Him. As a result of deliberate disobedience, they fell from their sinless state, and they and all their descendants, excepting Jesus Christ, became spiritually dead. Consequently, mankind cannot save themselves apart from the grace of God in Jesus Christ through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit; in their natural state they are condemned to a place of eternal torment (Gn 1:26-27; 2:7; 3:1-13; Ec 7:20; Jn 3:3-7, 16-18, 36; Rm 2:6-16; 3:23; 5:12-21; 6:23; 1 Th 1:6-9; Rev 20:13-15).
We believe we are saved solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ alone. This salvation was purchased by the substitutionary death and shed blood of Jesus Christ and is offered to everyone as a free gift. The person who has repented of their sin and trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior is born of the Holy Spirit, becomes a child of God, eternally secure, and can enjoy the assurance of salvation. We believe that at death believers go into the presence of the Lord (Jn 1:12-13; 3:16; 10:28-29; Ac 13:38-39; 16:31; 20:21; Rm 3:28; 4:25; 1 Co 15:3-4, 17; 2 Co 5:6-9: Eph 1:7; 2:8-9; Php 1:6; Col 1:14; Heb 9:22; 1 Jn 1:7; 5:13).
E. JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION
We believe that every true Christian has been justified, which is to be legally declared right before God. Justification is by faith through grace in Christ alone. God sanctifies, i.e. He conforms believers to Christ as believers yield themselves to the Holy Spirit. They will experience spiritual growth in holiness, but as the two natures conflict in this life, they will not experience perfection in conduct. (Rm 6:1-23; 7:14-25; 8:1-17; 1 Co 3:8; Php 3:12; Titus 2:11-13; Heb 10:10).
We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the Head and Lord of the Church. We believe that only those who are members of the true and invisible Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church. We believe that Christ is the Chief Shepherd of His church and that each local church has autonomy and authority to govern its own affairs (Jn 1:12-13; Ac 2:42,47; 5:14; 9:26-28; 20: 17,28; Eph 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:6-10; 4:11-13; Heb 10:25; 1 Pt 2:9-10; 1 Jn 5:11-12).
We believe that Satan was created an angelic being. He is the unholy god of this age, author of sin, our adversary and accuser, and the great deceiver of the nations, the prince of all the powers of darkness. He was overcome by the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire (Gn 3:1; Jb 1:6-12; Mt 4:3-11; Jn 8:44; 2 Co 4:4; Eph 2:2; 1 Jn 3:8; 5:19; Rev 12:9-10; 20:10).
H. FUTURE EVENTS
We believe in the physical and visible return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to the earth to retrieve His Bride, the Church. We believe in the resurrection of the body and final judgment; the righteous to eternal life and the wicked to eternal suffering (Mt 16:27; Jn 5:28-29; 14:3; Ac 1:7, 11; Rm 8:1; 1 Co 15; 2 Co 5:10; Php 1:23; 1Th 4:13-17; 2 Th 1:7-10; Rev 11:15; 19:11-21:5).
Baptism and Communion are the sole ordinances of the New Testament Church. They are to be administered by the spiritual leadership of the church on an ongoing basis. Baptism is a one-time event identifying the new believer with their new life in Christ. The submersion and coming up out of the water are symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and the washing of water is symbolic of the washing away of sins. It is a physical representation of a spiritual past completed action (Mt 28:16-20; Ac 8:13, 35-38; Ro 6:4; 1 Co 12:13).
Communion is an ongoing practice of remembrance and celebration concerning the finished work of Christ on the cross. This is to be done often in the life of the believer and in the life of the church (Mt 26:26-30; Ac 2:38-42; 1Co 10:16-17; 11:23-34).