What We Believe

ECC Statement of Beliefs

Trinity

We believe in one God who exists eternally as three inseparable and co-equal “persons” in Trinity as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Gen 1, 3:22; Psa 90:2; Mat 28:19-20; Joh 1; 5; 1 Pet 1:1-5; 2 Cor 13:13). The Trinitarian God creates, sustains, and redeems His Creation with His inseparable characteristics of steadfast love and justice, the main themes of His Holy Word, the Bible (Gen 1, 18:19; Deu 10:17-19; 1 Kin 3:28; Job 8:3, 34:12; Psa 10:17-18, 33:5; Pro 28:5; Isa 5:7, 61:8; Jer 9:23-24; Mat 12:18; Luk 11:42, 18; Joh 14:6; 1 Joh 14:6; 1 Joh 4).

God

We believe in YHWH God, the Almighty Father, and Creator of all (Gen 1, 49:25; Exo 3:14). YHWH is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient (Gen 3:22; Job 34:25; Psa 29; Luk 1:51-52; Joh 13:3, 18:4; 2 Cor 3:18; Heb 1). Although we were made in His image, YHWH God in all of His completeness is beyond our human understanding (Gen 1-3; Exo 3:6; Psa 42:2, 80; 2 Cor 3:18).

Jesus

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of the Father through virgin birth who lived a sinless life and is the Savior of all through His actual crucifixion, death, and resurrection (Mat 1:22-23; Isa 9:6; Joh 1:1-5; 14:10-11; Rom 1:1-7; 1 Cor 15:3-8; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 4:14; 1 John 3:5). Christ presently sits at the holy right hand of His Father until His promised return to judge and restore all of God’s people to Him forever (Luke 22:69; Act 1:11; Col 3:1; Heb 1:3-8; 1 Tim 6:13-15; Tit 2:11-13; 1 Pet 3:22; Rev 1:16-18; 5; 10).

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the ever-present Spirit of Truth who is linked to the Father and Son (Gen 1:1-2; Joh 4:23-24; 14:17; 15:26; 16; Act 1:8; Rom 9:1; Eph 1:13, 5:18-20; 1 Cor 2, 3:16-17; 2 Cor 3:17; 2 Thes 2:13; 1 Jo 4:6; 5:6). The Holy Spirit is the teacher, helper, advocate, conscience, and guide for all (Joh 14:26, 15:26; 16; Act 1:8; Rom 9:1; Eph 1:13; 1 Cor 2, 3:16-17; 2 Cor 3:17; 2 Thes 2:13; 1 Jo 5:6; Gal 5:25).

The Bible

We believe in the Holy Word of God as given to us in the Bible (Joh 1:1-4). The Bible was written and edited by human authors under divine inspiration from God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 1:13; 2 Pet 1:20-21). As such, it is reliable and trustworthy (2 Tim 1:13; Psa 12:6; 119:105, 160). The Bible is the ultimate written guide for all life containing both literal and allegorical truth which we must stand under to understand (2 Tim 3:16; Psa 119:160; Pro 30:5).

Salvation

We believe that only Jesus Christ saves humankind from it’s fallen, sinful state and redeems His people into a real relationship with God forever (Gen 3; Isa 53, 59; Joh 14:6; Rom 3, 5, 6:23, 10:8-13; Gal 3; Eph 2; Heb 12). His offer was made long ago on the Cross of Calvary, and we must only accept it by faith and illustrate it in our repentance of sins and obedience to God’s Word (Mat 10:37-39, 16:24, 27; Mar 8:34; 15; Luk 9:23, 14:27; 23; Joh 19; Act 22:16; Rom 3, 5, 6:23, 10:8-13; Eph 2; 1 Cor 1:17-18; Gal 3, 6:14; Col 2:13-15; Heb 12; Tit 3:1-7).

The Nature of Man

We believe in humankind as God’s men and women created in the image of God to multiply and have dominion and control over the Earth (Gen 1-2; Psa 8; 2 Cor 6:16-18). Humankind is called to be God’s agents of love and justice on Earth, helping to reconcile all to God through Jesus Christ and each other (Psa 8; Eph 2:15-22; Col 1; Act 7:26).

The Church

We believe in the Church as the global and diverse community of God’s people, chosen by God, redeemed by Jesus Christ, and guided by the Holy Spirit (Gen 11; Gal 4; Eph 1:17-23; Joh 16:13). The Church is the human body of Christ, here on a mission to go forth and make other disciples of Jesus as we long for God’s Kingdom to come (Mat 6:10, 28;19-20; Luk 11:2; Col 1:18; Eph 1:17-23). It is an inSpirited service congregation of God that should be a Spirit-indwelt, organized group of God’s redeemed people that know each other, love each other, and serve everyone inside and outside of the church (Psa 2:11; Mat 20:26-28, 22:39; Mar 10:43-45; 1 Pet 4:10).    This body teaches and lives out the Word of God through worship of God; service of all; care for the poor, widows, and orphans; and healing (Deu 11:18-28, 15:11; Psa 25, 119; Pro 1, 22; Mat 19:21; 20:26-28, 22:37-38; 28:19-20; Mar 10:43-45; Luk 4:8-19, 6:20, 9, 14; Act 4:29-30, 5:42; 1 Cor 4:17; Gal 2:10; Col 3:16; 1 Tim 3; 2 Tim 2:1-2; Tit 2; Heb 5:12-14; Jam 1:27, 2; 1 Pet 4:10; Rev 7). Sacramentally, the Church should welcome the adult members of its body through the Christ-given invitation of baptism by immersion (Mat 3:16,28:19-20; Act 2:41,3:38-39;8,18:8).  The Church should welcome its children through dedications and commitment (Mat 18; Mar 10:13-16). Baptism should be done by full immersion under water because:(1) the original Greek word means to dip, immerse or wash; (2) Jesus was baptized that way (Mat 3:16);(3) every baptism in the New Testament was by immersion (see, e.g., Mat 3:6; Luk 3:16; Acts 8:38-39);and (4)it best symbolizes Jesus’s burial and resurrection. Separately, the Church should celebrate the Eucharist or communion by taking the inSpirited bread (body of Christ) and grape wine/juice (blood of Christ) whenever its people gather in the name of Jesus Christ, remembering that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, communes with us now that His body has been resurrected and will return for us later (Luk22; Joh6; 1Cor 10:16, 11:2-30).

Worship 

We believe in the worship of God as our ultimate connection with God here on Earth (Exo 20:5; 23:23-25: Rev 19:10,22:8).  True worship is done in the Spirit, directed towards the Triune God, and life-giving (Joh 4:23-24; Rev 14:7; 19:10; 22:8). Worship can come in many forms: bowing down, prayer, song, dance, shouting, speech, writing, art, or any other form of God-given communication or expression (Exo 15; Deu 26:10; 2 Ki 17:36; 2 Ch 7:3, 29:28; Psa 65:4,85:9; 96:7; Isa 66:23; Col 3:17; Rev 3:9, 15:3).

Confession 

We believe that confession remains an essential part of a life of faith that is needed for healing, forgiveness and restoration (Jam 5:16; Joh 20:21-23).

Christ’s Return 

We believe that Jesus Christ will return to finalize the Creation of God’s Kingdom, a new and perfect holy city, heaven, and earth (Rev 3:12; 21).  Christ will victoriously battle antichrist forces and destroy Sheol/Hades (Rev 1:18; 20).  We believe in the resurrection of the dead, that all will be judged according to their behavior, and that all will live forever either in eternal communion with the triune God in heaven or in eternal punishment separated from God in hell (Joh 3:16; Rom 6:23; Rev 2).

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