God’s Story Is Good News!

God created everyone and everything for a good and loving purpose. That’s why we dream of what life and love should be. God is the creator and starter of everything, material and spiritual. He has always existed independently from all he created. He acts in love for the good of all he has created.

People are made to glorify God in loving and purposeful relationship. That’s why we long for meaning in life and “something more.” We are made to be in relationship with God forever and to work together with him and other people for his glory and our joy. God gives us direction on how to experience a life of fulfilling purpose.

Sin is choosing our way in life rather than following God’s direction. That’s why we sense something is lost and broken in us and our world. All people start with the desire to be their own boss, replacing God’s plans and glory with their own. Rebelling against God’s rule over our lives results in spiritual and physical decay and death for us and our world.

Jesus Christ is God’s Son who came to earth to reorder our lives in relationship to God. That’s why we have a longing for security and a fear of death. Jesus took up life as a man yet continued to be God. By God’s plan he took our judgment and satisfied God’s justice by dying on the cross in our place. Jesus broke the power of sin and death in his resurrection back to life.

Salvation is God reordering our lives in relationship to himself when we receive Jesus by faith as a gift of grace. That’s why we long for something or someone to reorder all life. God invites us to receive his Spirit and new life free from the judgment and rule of sin. We can’t do anything ourselves to take away our sin and its consequences so our lives fit with God’s purpose. We must believe what God says and receive life as a gift by trusting Jesus. This is spiritual birth into a whole new life.

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Statement of Faith

Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA)

South Suburban Evangelical Free Church is one of an association of churches that aligns itself with the EFCA Statement of Faith. We are committed to Jesus Christ, to the gospel, and to one another.


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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Christ’s Return

We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial 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.

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.


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