Statement of Faith
We affirm the following:
- The Trinitarian name of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- God has revealed Himself fully and decisively, as attested in Holy Scripture. We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God. The Scriptures are the guide of faith and life.
- There is only one way to salvation – through Jesus Christ.
- The sanctity of human life at every stage based on our creation in the image of God and our election by God for service in His Kingdom.
- The biblical guidelines for human sexuality: marriage as the union of one man and one woman, fidelity and holiness in marriage, and chastity outside of marriage for the sake of the Kingdom.
- That the mission of the Church is to spread the good news of the Gospel of salvation in every word and deed. We are sent by Christ into all the world to bring every person into a life of faith, discipleship, and submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
The Scripture: The Bible is our only infallible rule of faith and practice: God-breathed and authoritative in our lives and in our churches. A high view of the Scripture is displayed as we seek to understand God's Word through studying and faithful preaching. So, instead of approaching the Scripture with the goal of interpreting it through our own lens of what is acceptable to us, we allow it to interpret and examine us.
The Gospel: The Gospel is "The Good News" of changed lives. It is the message of the person and work of Jesus Christ to reconcile us to the Father through His life, death, and resurrection. We encourage our members and churches to proclaim and apply the Gospel boldly.
Fellowship: One of the primary purposes of the EA is to encourage fellowship, partnership, and association within our members and congregations. We will stand arm in arm, sharing encouragement, ideas, and resources as we serve God in our respective spheres of influence. We place a high value on encouraging our members to network together for Kingdom advancement.
Discipleship: The Great Commission commands us as Christ followers to make disciples. We urge our members and congregations to be disciples who make disciples. The natural response of a healthy, vibrant faith is to see others come to know Jesus and to know Him more deeply. This work is accomplished as we reproduce new disciples, ministries, and churches and as we encourage growth in grace in one another.
Mission: We believe that the call of all believers and all churches is to be on a mission for the Gospel. We encourage our members and congregations to be on a mission and to serve with our resources, prayers, and works and to proclaim with great expectation the Gospel of Jesus Christ locally, nationally, and around the world. Also, we look for opportunities to partner together in missions.
Reformation: In its most basic sense, reformation is the ongoing theological renewal of biblical Christianity in our lives and in our churches. We believe that this reformation is an ongoing process, and therefore, churches will, at times, in the course of their history, need revitalization and renewal. We encourage our congregations and members to regularly examine their priorities and practices with the goal of being both rooted in the historic faith and able to understand their congregations and communities to ensure they are vibrant and winsome in their ministries.
The Image of God: The Bible clearly teaches that each human being is created in the image of God and has intrinsic dignity and value. This is the guiding principle for our views on the sanctity of life at every stage.
Issues & Core Beliefs
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended to the dead*; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the one holy universal Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made;
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered and was buried, and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; And He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall never end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy universal and apostolic church; I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.