Door Creek is a member of The Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). As members, we subscribe to a ten-article Statement of Faith, adopted by the Conference on June 26, 2008. Details about the EFCA are noted below the Statement.
Statement of Faith
The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:
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 premillennial 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.
The Evangelical Free Church of America
The Evangelical Free Church of America (www.efca.org) believes that all believers are entitled to a fellowship based on a common faith in God's Word and a common commitment to Jesus Christ, the Savior and Lord, not based on forms of baptism, predestination, or eternal security. The Free Church offers fellowship for all believers, especially those who recognize that it is possible to agree on the major matters without majoring in the minor ones.
Evangelical: Maintaining the Doctrine of the Bible is the only rule of faith and that salvation is attained by faith in the redemptive work of Christ.
Free: Each local congregation is independent.
Church: A community of believers who gather together to worship, learn, and serve.
Of America: Distinguishes it from the Evangelical Free Churches of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Holland, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Greece, and Canada.
The Evangelical Free Church attracts those from other Protestant denominations because of tolerance for differing views on baptism (child vs adult immersion); The Lord's Supper (for all believers vs for only church members); eternal security (once saved always saved vs salvation is a gift that must be maintained continually), and the Tribulation (are believers taken to be with the Lord before or during the Tribulation).
The roots of the modern Free Church began in the 1500s during the Reformation in Europe. Out of the Reformation, three principles emerged that remains key to understanding the Free Church.
1. The Bible is the Word of God and is without error
2. Salvation is the gift of God and only by God's grace
3. Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith. We have no human mediator, works, ceremony, or established religion which can give us salvation.
Therefore, the Free Church is comprised of "Believers only but all believers" and any church debate is based on "where stands it written" in the Scriptures. Since the Reformation when the Scriptures were made available to the lay person, the study of the Scripture and prayer has been an emphasis of the Free Church.
Door Creek's Statement of Faith affirms what the Free Church believes, but is also silent on secondary issues. For example:
1. The EFCA is committed to the belief in the absolute infallibility of the Scriptures, not only in faith and practice, but also in matters of history and science.
2. The Statement of Faith speaks about the ministry and transforming work of the Holy Spirit but does not enter into a discussion about specific gifts.
3. True believers will demonstrate a changed life by the power of the Holy Spirit and will affect how the individual behaves in his daily life.
4. The local church is autonomous to make its own decisions. A Free Church has a congregational form of government. This means the authority is with the congregation, not with paid staff.