What we Believe
Since it is essential that the members of Ecclesia Eccumenical Leadership (EEL) to be cemented together by a common set of fundamental beliefs, the following doctrinal statement defines the primary biblical and theological parameters of the ministry:
ELL and its networks Pastor position themselves:
In the evangelical theological stream of Protestant Christianity.
The Nicene Creed
EEL hold to the doctrine statement of the early church called The Nicene Creed. The Nicene Creed is the most widely accepted and used brief statements of the Christian Faith. The Nicene Creed, also called the Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed, is a statement of the orthodox faith of the early Christian church in opposition to certain heresies. So that those of the faith could have a means of articulating their faith and to maintain a consistency The Nicene Creed was formulated by the early church fathers at the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325) with additions by the Council of Constantinople (A.D. 381).
The Nicene Creed is divided into 4 main sessions:
- What we believe about God
- What we believe about Jesus
- What we believe about the Holy Ghost
- What we believe about the church
When a person takes the time to dissect the Nicene Creed you can find all of the major doctrines of the bible:
The Incarnation of Christ, Soteriology (salvation), Atonement, Immaculate conceptions, the Humanity & Deity of Christ, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, The Fallibility of Scripture, the Ascension of Christ, the Judgment Seat, Oneness of God, The Sonship of Christ, Glorification of Christ, Phonology (Study of the Holy Spirit), 5 fold Ministry, Ecclesiology and Eschatology (the of the nature of the church), The doctrine of Grace, The doctrine of Sin, Baptism,
____________________________________________________________________________________________________The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life. He proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic (Universal or world wide, Not Roman Catholic) and apostolic church. We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come. Amen.
Core Doctrines we Adhere to
We also without exceptions adhere to the core doctrines of the Protestant Reformation, namely.
- The ultimate and essential authority of the Scriptures for Christian faith
2 Timothy 3:16-17 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work .
2 Peter 1:20-21 No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God .
- Practice, justification by faith,
Romans 5:1-2 Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; through whom also we have had our access by faith into this grace wherein we stand; and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
- The priesthood of all believers.
Gal 3:28 KJV There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
1 Pet. 2:5 KJV "...You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
- That God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; three expressions of the One God.
1Jn 5:7 KJV For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
- That Jesus was born of a virgin,
Mat_1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
- That Jesus was physically raised from the dead.
Act 10:38-40 KJV How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (39) And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: (40) Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
- We believe that an individual’s Must have a personal relationship to Jesus Christ as Lord to be saved.
Joh 3:4,6-7 KJV Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? ... (6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (7) Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
- The fulfillment of the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations
Mat 28:18-20 KJV And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.