Our Faith


As a member church of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) our congregation adheres to the EFCA Statement of Faith adopted by the Conference June 26, 2008.

Creekside Statement of Faith
(2008 EFCA Statement of Faith)

God

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.


Our Vision

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will develop ministries within our fellowship which will multiply and reach into our surrounding community to effectively draw the unchurhced and unbelieving toward Jesus Christ.

We will encourage and challenge each person in our fellowship to become accountable for personal, spiritual development, a growing understanding of their individual talents and spiritual gifts, and how these combine to reach and teach others through an active faith.

We desire a steady spiritual growth that will  move us toward an understanding of ministry that encourages compassion and commitment to worship Jesus Christ by serving those He came to seek and to save in our community and around the world.

We will encourage in our homes the development of Christian values in parents and children, the application of personal and family discipline that leads to discipleship, and the promotion of positive family traditions and experiences.

In the areas of outreach, teaching, counseling, and leadership, the ongoing ministries of the church will reflect an emphasis on training and equipping the congregation for effective service.  The staff will lead by example in ministry and service and will nurture and perpetuate ministry training for the congregation.

Our teaching on stewardship will encourage people to see their proper role as ministers of God's will in all areas of live.  Biblical stewardship involves not only the use of financial resources, but also time, talents, possessions, gifts, relationships and responsibilities; replacing the worldly concept of personal ownership and selfishness.

Our vision of church growth will be:
We will endeavor to maintain a focus on two important aspects of our purpose:



Service of Worship, Sundays @ 10:00am    Youth Group, Sundays @ 5:30pm    AWANA Kids Club, Wednesdays @6:30 Creekside Evangelical Free Church of Merced · 2876 N. "G" Street, Merced CA 95340 · Office Phone: (209)384-7028 · Office Fax: (209)384-7220