Statement of Faith
We accept these area’s of teaching where there is general agreement among Christians. We place our hope in Jesus Christ – the author and finisher of our Faith.
Our Statement of Faith has been approved by all levels of leadership within ELCC and is not meant to impose our beliefs on any person. We offer this statement as an affirmation of our personal convictions and relationship with Jesus Christ. Potential members can review our Statement of Faith to determine if ELCC will be a good fit for them.
In addition to asking our teachers/leaders/coaches to affirm that they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we ask that they sign this Statement of Faith which says:
“I agree with the Statement of Faith offered by ELCC and as a teacher at ELCC I will only teach students these truths in the regular conduct of my classes. I will not teach doctrine which is not outlined above, without first discussing it with the directors and the parents of my students.”
We ask Families to sign their registration forms which say:
“I/We have read and reviewed the ELCC hand book, and Statement of Faith, with my/our students and will try to uphold the standards outlined within.”
1. The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, God's perfect written Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks. (I Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 22:19; Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 119:105, 160; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
2. There is one true and living God, eternally existing -- God the Father, God’s Son- Jesus Christ, and God’s Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Psalm 90:2; Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22)
3. Jesus Christ is the Living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Jesus lived a sinless life and voluntarily paid for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute. He rose from the dead. He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He continually makes intercession for believers. Jesus was present with God from creation, he was born completely human, was raised to complete glory, and is complete Deity, united in one person, forever. (John 1:1-5, 9-14; Luke 1:30-35; John 14:6; I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
4. Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God. Through Adam's sin, sin entered the world. Sin separates people from God, leaving them incapable of fulfilling their purpose and powerless to change their condition or restore themselves to God. (Genesis 1:26-31; Genesis 3:1-23; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 64:6-7; Romans 3:9-20; Romans 5:12; Romans 6:23)
5. The salvation of man is completely a work of God's free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God places His righteousness on those who put their faith in Jesus Christ, surrendering to Him as Lord of their life, for their salvation. Those who place their faith in God become the adopted sons and daughters of God, and choose to demonstrate their love and faith through obedience to God’s word, in cooperation with and enabled by, God’s Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:2)
6. The Holy Spirit, also sometimes called the Spirit of God, has come into the world to reveal and glorify God and His will, and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. The Spirit convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth, seals them until the day of redemption, and imparts various spiritual gifts. The Spirit’s fullness, power, and control are received by faith. Every believer is called to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit that they will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God. (I Corinthians 12:13; Romans 1:19-20, Romans 8:9-17; John 16:7-13; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:25; John 14:16-17)
7. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth -- personally, visibly and bodily. There will be a resurrection of the saved to eternal life. Those who reject Christ will experience the second death, punishment, and destruction. Because God makes the promise of eternal life with believers through Jesus Christ, those who are believers are secure in that salvation for eternity. (John 3:16; 1 John 5:11-13; John 10:29; Romans 6:23)