We believe that apostolic (New Testament) doctrines are essentials of Christianity, and that the story of God and his relationship to mankind is made evident from Genesis to Revelation.
Fundamental truths considered as vital and life-giving are:
- The Fatherhood of God
- The deity and humanity of Jesus the Son
- The ministry of the Holy Spirit
- Christ’s atonement which reconciles believers to God
- The resurrection of Jesus Christ which assures true believers of life after death
- The high priesthood of Christ who gives access to the Father by forgiving sins
- The individual priesthood of believers who may approach God directly without human intervention.
While Friends do not stress a formal written creed, they do state the primary principles of their faith in order to make their doctrinal position clear. Not wishing to be dogmatic, they record certain beliefs which are held as basic to their faith.
The statement of faith of evangelical Friends may be summarized as follows:
- The Bible is the inspired rule of faith and subject to the Holy Spirit’s interpretation.
- God is sovereign.
- Jesus Christ offers vicarious atonement through His death and resurrection.
- The Holy Spirit brings people to experience salvation.
- People are sinful, but redeemable.
- Salvation comprises both forgiveness and sanctification.
- The Church is the visible expression of Christ; it will be fulfilled in the final resurrection and judgment.
- Inner communion and the baptism with the Holy Spirit are spiritual realities beyond outward symbols.
- Christian witness is given through word and deed both in general and specific ministries.
For a more thorough understanding of Evangelical Friends Church beliefs, please see our Faith & Practice.