An Expanded Doctrinal Statement of the Visalia Evangelical Free Church
Recognizing that the Bible is the very Word of the living God to man, and understanding the priority of knowing and obeying its truths, the Elders of Visalia Evangelical Free Church are deeply committed to studying and teaching Scripture with diligence and authority.
Thus, the central ministry of VEFC is imparting the biblical truth to the people of God in order that they may know God and serve Him in worship and ministry.
The Board of Elders of the Visalia Evangelical Free Church recognizes that any doctrinal statement is but a fallible human attempt to summarize and systematize the riches of an infallible divine revelation. But this in no way detracts from the importance of such a statement. The affirmations, which follow, carefully specify the teaching position of our church with regard to the major biblical doctrines, and thus provide a framework for the ongoing curriculum and instruction at our church. They also provide an anchor to protect our church from practical and doctrinal error. For this reason, members of the pastoral staff, elders, teachers within our body, and missionaries who represent our church, are required to teach within the framework of this Statement of Faith (“What We Teach”) and the ten-part “Confession of Faith” of the Evangelical Free Church of America.
We allow individuals to join our body who may not be in complete agreement with our expanded statement of faith on these issues. They understand the teaching position of our church and choose not to undermine that position and we choose to allow them, in their priesthood as a believer, to hold to a different position. Together we strive to make disciples (Matthew 28:19), to live in harmony in Christ (Ephesians 4:1-6; Philippians 2:1-4) and to be always growing in our ability to understand the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
Ephesians 4:12-16 says, “Equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming, but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by whatever joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”
Our hope in this document is to clarify what we teach.