What We Believe About Salvation–
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)
“Now brothers, I want to remind you of the Gospel… By this Gospel you are saved… That Christ died for our sins according to the scripture… That he was buried… That he was raised on the third day according to the scripture… That he appeared… (1 Corinthians 15:1-5)
The Bible teaches of a message which alone can save a person who believes in it. That message is the Gospel (good news.) The good news is that God in his unimaginable grace has provided us a way to escape his wrath for the penalty of our sin. The key to being saved, to be forgiven and receive eternal life, is for a person to turn to Jesus in repentance and faith, personally placing trust in what He accomplished on the cross by dying in their place.
(Note: We hold firmly to the truth that in order for an individual to turn to Christ in faith and repentance, God’s regenerating work must be previous. In other words, in regards to salvation we believe that regeneration proceeds faith. Faith and repentance are fruits of regeneration and not the cause of it.)
What We Believe About the Security of a Follower of Christ–
It is fair to say that most of those who are in the EFCA (us included) hold to the position that a genuine believer can never lose his salvation, and this view has been the predominant one for the history of the EFCA.
What We Believe About Communion–
We believe communion is the time to remember the Lord’s death and resurrection, for self-examination and personal confession. We do not believe communion serves as a means of forgiveness. Rather, communion is for those already forgiven, having put their trust in Jesus Christ as personal savior. (1 Corinthians 11:27-29)
What We Believe About Baptism–
In the beginning of the church in the book of Acts we find repeated incidences of individuals coming to Christ and then being baptized as a public confession of their faith.
It is important to note that baptism is not a means of salvation. Salvation is result of placing one’s trust in Christ as their personal savior. A believer is baptized as a public confession of their faith and obedience to Christ.
The mode of baptism in the gospel seems to be that of immersion, a mode which pictures the believer’s death, burial and resurrection in Christ. (Romans 6:1-4)
It is important that new Christians be encouraged to be baptized both as a public confession of their faith and obedience to Christ.
Should Infants be baptized?
It is the position of this church that infants should not be baptized because they are incapable of making a decision to trust in Jesus Christ as their personal savior. However, we do practice infant dedication as an opportunity for Christian parents to present their child before the Lord and publicly vow that they will assume the responsibility of raising the child in a way that pleases the Lord.
What We Believe About the Baptism of the Holy Spirit–
We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs when a person trusts Christ and the Holy Spirit places that new believer in the body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:13)
We do not believe that the Bible teaches that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the second experience accompanied by speaking in tongues, nor is such a second blessing to be sought for spiritual growth and maturity.