What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Core Beliefs

What We Believe
We affirm the 7 Essentials of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church:

1.We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!

2. Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.

3. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior, indwelling our hearts. He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.

4. Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God's free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.

5. The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity, where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting she awaits the return of her Lord.

6. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." (Rev. 22:20)

7. The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us." He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:10)

And furthermore we affirm: 
The sovereignty of God—Acts 17
We believe in God as Creator and Lord of the heavens and the earth, but not contained within creation. As part of creation, all men and women have one purpose in life: to glorify God and worshipfully live in the graciousness of His blessings. We trust in the faithful pattern of God's leading, shaping, and empowering His people throughout history as a model of God's unwavering covenant of grace in our own lives. It is through His faithfulness, given as a gift of grace, and not our own that we are able to see ourselves and each other as a Child of God and live in the Kingdom of God.

We believe these truths are revealed to us through God's actions in creation, His work in men and women whom He elects and chooses as instruments of His grace, and through God's written Word, the Holy Scriptures. We believe that God's Word is the divinely inspired and authoritative witness of His self-revelation in Jesus Christ from Genesis to Revelation. Through disciplined study and interpretive help through the Holy Spirit it is in God's Word that we find what it means to live as People of the Word.

The work of Jesus Christ—John 14
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and in accordance with scripture, the only way to a saving relationship with God. A saving relationship with God is necessary because of the presence of sin in the life of every human being, save Jesus of Nazareth. His perfectly righteous life and atoning death on the Cross has made it possible for all of creation, broken by sin, to enter into a loving relationship with God. We believe that this relationship, called salvation, is available to all who confess and embrace the truth of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God's Word clearly states that this salvation comes through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus of Nazareth. We state this as the foundational truth of the Church of Jesus Christ in full understanding of the presence of differing world-views and our call to be witnesses and ambassadors of the Good News of God's love for all in Jesus Christ to the world. In the Family of Faith that is Englewood Presbyterian Church we understand and articulate this mission as such: To love all others into loving God to the end that every knee would bow and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.

The ministry of the Holy Spirit—Galatians 5
We believe in the presence and ministry of the Holy Spirit sent by God, promised by Jesus Christ, and made manifest in the lives of Believers by God's grace and our submission to that grace. It is the presence of God in the Holy Spirit that leads and inspires the Church, and her members, to live a holy life characterized by the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Unified in our need for God's grace in Jesus Christ, we celebrate the differing gifts of the Holy Spirit present in one another. These gifts, as described in Scripture, are given to us only for God's glory and for the sole purpose of building up His people to maturity and a full stature in their relationship with God in Jesus Christ.

In response to these truths, we covenant with God and each other...
. . .To acknowledge God as Creator of all, Jesus Christ as our only Savior and Head of the Church, and the Holy Spirit as the presence of God in our midst to guide and lead His people through the wilderness of our times.

. . .To serve in our positions of leadership as forgiven Children of God, accountable to God and to each other to live our lives in obedience to God's Word and in conformity to the historic confessional standards of the Church and equip and empower all members of our Family of Faith to do so as well to God's glory.

. . .To embrace God's vision for us to Loving all for the glory of Jesus Christ by accepting all whom God calls into our lives and ministry as one of God's Children in need of unconditional love and grace.

. . .To respond to social issues and controversies that deceive humanity into godless living and idolatry of all kinds with a dedication to the witness of Jesus Christ given in the Scriptures: Obedience to God, Love for all of God's Children, and Repentance for our own sins.

. . .To worship God in all we do and say in service to the Church of Jesus Christ. The expression of this worship is to lead in our examples of corporate worship, personal discipleship, prayer with and for the congregation and the world, sacrificial stewardship, and mission and evangelism.

. . .To commit to be devoted to prayer, seeking God's guidance and will for each discernment that is to be made on behalf of the congregation.
These faith statements are affirmed by all staff and elders

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