What We Believe
The One Triune God
We believe there is one sovereign God, who reigns with all majesty, authority, power and glory and exists eternally in a fellowship of three distinct and equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who share the same essence and nature and are unchangeable in their holiness, justice, wisdom and love. Together, the Godhead created, sustains, and judges all things that exist according to their will and good pleasure for their mutual glory.
God the Father reigns over all His creation and governs all things in the universe according to His sovereign will and perfect design. He executes all that He has ordained in acts of divine providence and grace, justice and mercy. All He does is good, just and right. The Father is eternal, immortal, invisible, holy, omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. The Father loves His Son and is pleased with Him yet He sent Him into the world and presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement and to be the propitiation for our sins because the Father also loves us. The Father raised the Son from the dead and seated Him at His right hand. The Father is loving, gracious, righteous, compassionate, just and good. He is Father to all who repent, believe and trust in Him by faith in His Son. All things come from God the Father and we give thanks and glory to Him.
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, fully God and fully man. He is the perfect and only mediator between God the Father and humankind. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. He performed miracles and taught with authority and all His words are true. He took our place on the cross where He died for our sins, taking our guilt and the punishment we deserve from God, redeeming us by His blood and satisfying perfectly the justice of the Father. The Son is the Savior and Messiah. His righteousness is imputed to all who believe. He rose from the dead and ascended bodily into heaven where He is exalted as King of kings and Lord of lords. He intercedes for His people in the presence of the Father and will come again in judgment to consummate His eternal Kingdom and reign with the Father and the Spirit forever.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the life-giving Spirit of God who is worshipped together with the Father and the Son from whom He is sent. He proceeds from the Father and the Son to teach and testify of Christ as the Spirit of truth and help us to live holy lives. The Holy Spirit convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives illumination of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers and ministers to us bringing assurance of salvation, comfort, peace, wisdom, guidance and direction. The Spirit works in us the process of sanctification, making us more like Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers us for obedience of faith. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter, Counselor and Helper and also intercedes for believers in our prayers and yearning. The Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
The Five "Solas"
The five Latin solas of the Reformation are at the very core of our teaching, preaching and worship at EFG:
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, the sole written divine revelation from God to mankind. God’s Word stands forever. The Holy Scriptures alone are the sole rule and authority for all matters of faith and practice in this life. Traditions must be judged by this standard.
We believe man is saved by grace through faith, not of his own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of human works or merit. Our salvation and all it includes is a free gift of God from start to finish, bestowed by His sovereign grace alone to all who believe. This grace was given us in Christ.
We believe Christ is the one and only mediator between God and man, through whose blood, death and resurrection, we are redeemed and declared righteous in God’s sight. Salvation is by God’s sovereign grace alone, through faith alone, accomplished by Christ alone.
Glory to God Alone
Soli Deo Gloria
We believe our salvation was accomplished by Christ alone and was given to us by grace alone through faith alone, according to Scripture; therefore we strive to give all honor and glory to God alone. We present our bodies as living sacrifices to glorify God alone with our lives.