What We Believe--Scripture
We Teach the Bible Expositionally. That means we teach from a historical-grammatical perspective, studying the context of the time and culture into which it was written, and the language grammer through which it was written to determine what each verse means. This information is then applied to today, by carefully comparing the original meaning with contemporary needs.

As historical Christians, we confess the ancient creeds, shared by all Christians for almost 2000 years.

As part of the Evangelical Protest Reformation coming out of Scandanavia and New England, influenced by Lutheran, and Congregational developments, we are keenly aware of being heirs to the great Evangelical heritage and traditions expressed in the Free Church movements growing in the centuries following the reformation, and expressed in statements such as the Savoy Declaration of 1658, or  London Baptist Confession of 1689.

As an active part of the Evangelical Free Church of Canada, we affirm the EFCC Statement of Faith (revised 2008), a reflection of the rich heritage we enjoy in Christ and centred on the gospel. While we conform to this gospel statement as a basis of fellowship, we teach and maintain the following beliefs. 
 



The Teaching Perspective of
Grace Evangelical Free Church of Calgary
 

 

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THE HOLY SCRIPTURES 
 

We teach that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and thus the 66 books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21). 

We teach that the Word of God is an objective, propositional revelation (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:13), verbally inspired in every word (2 Timothy 3:16), absolutely inerrant in the original documents, infallible, and God-breathed. We teach the literal, grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture which affirms the belief that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation in six literal days (Genesis 1:31; Exodus 31:17). 

We teach that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice (Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 16:12-13; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21). 

We teach that God spoke in His written Word by a process of dual authorship. The Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors that, through their individual personalities and different styles of writing, they composed and recorded God’s Word to man (2 Peter 1:20-21) without error in the whole or in the part (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16). 

 

We teach that, whereas there may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but one true interpretation. The meaning of Scripture is to be found as one diligently applies the literal grammatical-historical method of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (John 7:17; 16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-15; 1 John 2:20). It is the responsibility of believers to ascertain carefully the true intent and meaning of Scripture, recognizing that proper application is binding on all generations. Yet the truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in judgment of it.

Proceed to God.