Our Beliefs

Doctrinal Statements[1]

1.       God

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.


2.       The Bible

We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.


3.       The Human Condition

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.


4.       Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, performed miracles, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.


5.       The Work of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.


6.       The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.


7.       The Church

We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.


8.       Christian Living

We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.


9.       Christ’s Return

We believe in the personal and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.


10.   Response and Eternal Destiny

We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.


Acts 5:39 Statement on Human Sexuality:

We believe that God created both man and woman in his image, and therefore, both man and woman are equal in value, dignity and in their physical being.  We believe that God gave both man and woman authority to exercise dominion over the earth under the leadership of Christ.  While affirming the equality of man and woman, we believe that God has given different roles to men and to women.  In the context, of the Church (and other Christian entities), the masculine and feminine roles are best defined by the following statements: 

At the heart of mature masculinity is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for and protect women in ways appropriate to a man’s differing relationships.[1]


At the heart of mature femininity is a freeing disposition to affirm, receive and nurture strength and leadership from worthy men in ways appropriate to a woman’s differing relationships.[2]

In the context of marriage, the man’s role is heightened by the extent to which he must lead, provide and protect.  He must love his wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.  Likewise, in the context of marriage, the woman, is the "help-meet" of man and joyfully submits to his leadership and authority only where it does not conflict with Christ’s authority. 

We believe that the sexual relationship is designed by God to be between one man and one woman within the covenant of marriage, and all sexual expressions, practices, lifestyles, internal thoughts or acts outside the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman, are condemned in scripture, and therefore sinful. 


Acts 5:39 Statement of Unity:

Acts 5:39 believes that, through the work of the Holy Spirit, all true believers can be unified in ministry together.  We are a multi-denominational organization that abides by the above doctrinal statements and principles.  We welcome any and all churches, individual persons, businesses, and organizations to partner with us in the ministry to which God has called us.  However, the depth of those partnerships will be determined by the degree to which the parties agree on the above doctrinal statements and principles.  God uses all kinds of people, in different ways, to accomplish His work.  We seek His guidance for the wisdom we need to make quality partnerships that will encourage and edify one another, while we carry out gospel ministry.  We do not seek to proclaim judgment on any church, individual person, business, or organization by the depth of our partnerships, but merely seek to be a unified and biblically faithful ministry.

[1] Evangelical Free Church of America Statement of Faith. Adopted June 26, 2008. Recovered 12/26/2011 at www.efca.org/about-efca/statement-faith.

[2] Piper, J. (1990). What's The Difference: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

[3]Piper, J. (1990). What's The Difference: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.