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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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:
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
1 Corinthians 15
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
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