A Statement of Faith is a written declaration of the church’s position on matters that pertain to the essentials of historical Christianity. The following statements comprise Made Free Church's Statement of Faith:
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates man from God.
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily.
The Bible is God’s word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross.
We affirm the 5 Solas of the Protestant Reformation. These 5 doctrinal points simply teach the following: According to Scripture (our ultimate authority), sinners are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
Sola Scriptura – Scripture alone is the ultimate and highest authority for the Church as it relates to Christian teaching and practice.
Sola Gratia – We are saved by God’s grace alone, not our works.
Sola Fide – We are justified (declared righteous before and by God) by faith alone in Christ, not by our works.
Solus Christus – We are saved by Christ’s finished work on the cross, not by our works.
Soli Deo Gloria – God alone deserves all the glory for salvation.
Made Free Church strives for unity, even among diversity on secondary/non-primary issues. We are united by the work of our Lord and Savior, although we may disagree on some issues that do not change or add to the gospel or view of God. Everything in Scripture is important, including things that pertain to non-essential doctrine (eschatology, church government, head coverings, etc…); however, there are historical creeds and confessions that clearly reflect biblical doctrine relating to both essential and non-essential issues.
The ecumenical creeds below, for example, relate to what is essential and primary for the church, regardless of denomination or sect. These are documents that all Christians should affirm. They deal with the gospel and view of God. Please feel free to click on each one to learn more about it below. The confessions listed below are all Reformed, but contain secondary / non-essential issues within. The Made Free Church team affirm the essential teachings of Scripture, the ecumenical creeds and at least one or more of the reformed confessions below. The team also affirm the Doctrines of Grace.
Creeds and confessions help by informing others where you stand on theological issues. Please take the time to review these biblical, historical documents that have been passed through the church over the centuries. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to one of us!