Our mission is to know Christ and make Him known. To know Christ is to know His heart for all people. All people are created in the image of God and are worthy of the dignity afforded to them as image bearers. Our statement of faith reminds us that “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.”
We love God supremely; we love people sacrificially. This calls us to remember that God’s requirement for those who love Him is to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8). As believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, we strive to not show favoritism, remembering that mercy triumphs over judgment (James 2:1 and 13).
The Church has been entrusted with the message of the gospel and the gospel is good news for the poor, freedom for the prisoners, sight for the blind, and release for the oppressed, whatever their race or ethnicity (Luke 4:18). To know Christ is to know His heart for all the oppressed. To know God is to know His heart for love and justice for all people (John 3:16). This is the message of the cross. The gospel is the truth that Jesus came to save sinners, but it is also that all things will be restored in God’s time (Romans 8:19). Injustice will be corrected. Meanwhile, with the love of God, we are to make the gospel known among all people, bringing the truth of justice to light.
One day, all peoples will be praising God together as the family of God before the throne of God. There will be a multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language (Revelation 7:9). It is the message of the gospel, lovingly made known among all people, that will make this possible.
Because of the heart of God for all people and His call for us to extend mercy and not show favoritism, we look for ways to love as Christ would love and to speak as Christ would speak so that all people everywhere may know Him. We will love all people, whether around the world or in our hometowns, striving for reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19). We will love our neighbors as we love ourselves, remembering that every person is our neighbor. We will continue to pray for peace among all people—the peace that can only come through the power of the gospel.
Our doctrinal position, as an Evangelical Free Church of America, is summarized in this 10-article Statement of Faith.
1. 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.
2. 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.
The Human Condition
3. 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.
4. 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.
The Work of Christ
5. 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.
The Holy Spirit
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. We believe in the personal, bodily and pre-millennial 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.
Response and Eternal Destiny
10. 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.
Scriptural support for each statement is available from the
Calvary Community Church office or www.efca.org.
The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around the same theological convictions. They are committed to Jesus Christ, to the gospel, and to one another. Calvary Community Church is an EFCA church, aligned with the same Statement of Faith and deeply connected, yet distinct.
Learn more about the EFCA at: www.efca.org