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What We Believe

As many of you know this is not a denominational blog.  This is an Evangelical blog with people of differing theological convictions contributing.  For the sake of clarity, we still wish to show what we believe on the key points.  I had thought about the writers trying to write our own, but I found one that works perfectly.  This statement of belief is currently used by the U.K.’s Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) and recently proposed as the doctrinal statement for the Evangelical Theological Society, which we fully support.   All the contributors at Evangelical Village have adhered to this Confessional Statement.

1. The Bible alone, and the Bible in its entirety, is the Word of God written and is therefore inerrant in the autographs. This written word of God consists of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments and is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behavior.

2. God is a Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each an uncreated person, one in essence, equal in power and glory.

3. God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgment.

4. Since the fall, the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that everyone is subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.

5. The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son, is fully God; he was born of a virgin; his humanity is real and sinless; he died on the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and earth.

6. Sinful human beings are redeemed from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of their representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between them and God.

7. Those who believe in Christ are pardoned all their sins and accepted in God’s sight only because of the righteousness of Christ credited to them; this justification is God’s act of undeserved mercy, received solely by trust in him and not by their own efforts.

8. The Holy Spirit alone makes the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, enabling them to turn to God from their sin and to trust in Jesus Christ.

9. The Holy Spirit lives in all those he has regenerated. He makes them increasingly Christ-like in character and behavior and gives them power for their witness in the world.

10. The one holy universal church is the Body of Christ, to which all true believers belong.

11. The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person, to judge everyone, to execute God’s just condemnation on those who have not repented and to receive the redeemed to eternal glory.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Deborah K Huegel permalink
    February 4, 2013 6:24 pm

    Don’t want to be picky, but #7 needs to be corrected… “are pardoned all their sins.” Or perhaps the wording, is just distinctly British?

  2. Deborah K Huegel permalink
    February 4, 2013 7:13 pm

    Sorry, I was being picky and on second reading realize I was wrong. I would have deleted my previous comment but didn’t know how.

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