Stay Sharp 2011


"The Church - 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." - EFCA Statement of Faith #7

  • Is the local church optional?
  • Who leads the church?
  • What is the mission of the church?
  • Who is the relationship between the church and the kingdom?
  • Who is in the church?
  • Why is membership important?
  • What about the ordinances?
  • What does the Bible say about the church?

We've asked Greg Strand to help us to improve our ecclesiology at this year's Stay Sharp conference

Using the Scriptures as our inerrant guide and article #7 of the EFCA Statement of Faith as a key tool, Greg will be helping us to think theologically about the true church.