Our Beliefs

In Short

East European Missions Network gratefully accepts and gladly submits to the Bible as the revealed and infallible Word of God, the unchanging and final authority in all matters of faith and life.

We believe in the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Savior and Lord who is “the way and the truth and the life” (NIV John 14:6), and that “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven, given to men, by which we must be saved” (NIV Acts 4:12).

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of mission who provides the power for Christians to be witnesses to this new life in Jesus Christ everywhere in the world (Acts 1:8).

We believe that the Heavenly Father is pleased to receive all people who come to Him through repentance and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, and wishes to welcome them into His eternal Family (John 3:16-17).

What We Believe in Detail

The Bible

We believe and teach that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of the church’s proclamation, faith and life. The truth we learn in the Bible is both reliable and dependable for believing and living as followers of Jesus Christ. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

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God

We believe and teach that there is the one Triune God who is Creator of us and all that exists. God has revealed himself to us in three persons, as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God expresses his power through what he has created. God makes himself known to us through the person of Jesus, the Lord and Savior of us all. God continues to make himself known to us through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

JESUS CHRIST

We believe and teach that Jesus is the Christ; the only Savior and Lord who is “the way and the truth and the life” (NIV John 14:6), and that “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven, given to men, by which we must be saved” (NIV Acts 4:12). This is expressed in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, “I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead/hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.” (1 Corinthians 15; John 14:6; Acts 4:12)

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of mission who provides the power for Christians to be witnesses to this new life in Jesus Christ everywhere in the world (Acts 1:8). We believe and teach that the Holy Spirit is the presence and power of God at work in the world, especially in human lives. The Spirit is at work in convicting sinners of their need for God’s grace, and in empowering people for effective Christian living. The Spirit produces “fruit” in the lives of believers as expressed in the fifth chapter of Galatians: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (John 14:26; 15:26-27; Acts 1:8)

SIN

Sin describes our condition and our actions…what we are and what we do. All of life is affected by sin. Sin separates us from the Lord causing discord and brokenness with God and with others. Sin is expressed not only in broken relationships, but in personal greed, unloving thoughts, disobedient actions and hurtful deeds as well. (1 John 1:8-10)

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SALVATION

Salvation describes God’s activity in restoring us to a right relationship with himself. We believe that the Heavenly Father is pleased to receive all people who come to Him through repentance and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, and wishes to welcome them into His eternal Family (John 3:16-17). God forgives us and gives us the promise of eternal life. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God provides salvation, which makes it possible for us to be saved from the consequences and power of sin. Out of his gracious love this salvation is offered through the Word and Sacraments and received by faith. Faith is believing and trusting Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe and teach that we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus. We believe and teach that God desires for all people to be saved, rejecting the idea that some people are predestined to be saved and others are predestined to be lost. (John 14:1-7; Acts 4:12)

CHRISTIAN LIVING

Christians are called by God to live in a way that is pleasing to him. The Christian life is one of dependence on the Holy Spirit, who equips people with wisdom, discernment and power to do the will of God. The fruit of the Spirit as expressed in Galatians 5 is evidence of a God-pleasing life. The Christian life is also expressed in responsible management of resources such as time, money, and abilities; in sacrificial giving to make the Gospel known to all people; and in helping to prevent and alleviate suffering. (John 13:34-35; Acts 20:35; Hebrews 13:1-3; James 2:14-17)

THE CHURCH

We believe and teach that the Church is the people of God, the Body of Christ, created and sustained by God himself. All Christians are part of the church universal (catholic). The Biblical expression of being a member of the Church is faithful participation in worship, regular fellowship and generous support of the mission of one’s congregation. (Acts 2:42-47)

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THE THINGS TO COME

We affirm the words of the Apostles’ Creed that Christ “will come again to judge both the living and the dead,” and we believe in “the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.” We avoid what we view to be speculative teachings concerning the “end times.” As Christians, we believe that every day is an opportunity to live in a vital, loving, and growing relationship with God. We do not fear the future. “Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

HUMAN SEXUALITY & MARRIAGE

The Christian Church is called to be in the world, but not of it. Our lives are to reflect the will and purposes of the God who created and loves us. The Word of God, not the ways of the world, is the ultimate standard by which we are called to live. This includes our sexuality, marriage, and the ordination of pastors. At EEMN, we believe the teaching of the Scriptures and the nearly 2,000-year-old traditions of the Church are clear on such matters. (Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 19:3-6; I Corinthians 7:1-5; Ephesians 5:31-33).  As a result of our faith and conviction we believe, teach, and confess that:

 

  • Sexuality is a good gift God graciously bestows on humanity for the sake of love, devotion, and procreation. 
  • By creating us male and female, God has built gender complementarity into the very fabric of human existence. 
  • Marriage, the lifelong union of fidelity between one man and one woman, is the only relationship God has ordained for the full expression of human sexuality. 
  • Marriage is neither a private arrangement nor merely a human construct or custom. It is, rather, a divine institution by which God has founded human community in a joy that begins now and is brought to perfection in the life to come. 
  • Scripture – the Word of God – does not grant any authority to the church to recognize as divinely approved any relationship other than the marriage of one man and one woman for the full expression of human sexuality.

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