The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:
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.
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 Godís saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israelís 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.
7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by Godís 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 Lordís 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.
8. We believe that Godís 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 Godís Word, the Spiritís power, and fervent prayer in Christís name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christís commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
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.
Bio for Dan Earhart, Pastor Fellowship Community EFC, Marlborough, Connecticut.
Dan became a Christian when he was in third grade.“The preacher spoke about hell, and scared me to death.”“I didn't understand a lot of things, but I did understand consequences for actions.I didn't want to go to hell.The only way to avoid it was to place my trust in Jesus Christ and ask Him to forgive my sins and live in my heart”.That Sunday afternoon, after thinking over the pastor's words, Dan asked Jesus into his life and from that time on he has not been afraid of hell.
Dan has known from a very young age that he would be a pastor.He has never had a "Damascus road" experience, just a constant urge to work for God in the church.
Dan served four years as a chaplain's assistant in the Army, serving in the Third Armored Division in Frankfurt, West Germany (He was in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down).He served as Protestant youth leader and Protestant choir director.After finishing his tour of duty, He enrolled in Multnomah School of the Bible in 1990 and graduated in 1993 with a B.S. in Bible with a Pastoral emphasis.
He served as Youth Pastor at a small Wesleyan Church before being called to Co-Pastor an Evangelical Free Church in Portland Oregon.After 3 wonderful years, God called him to Rensselaer Indiana where he served for 15 years.He arrived at Fellowship Community Church in May, 2011.He is passionate about teaching Bible and for church health and has been a consultant with Natural Church Development for over 15 years.
Dan has been married to his best friend Jayne for over 29 years, They have three wonderful children;Meghan, Rob and Joel, one very special Son in Law, Aaron, and a beautiful granddaughter, Ava.
Dan enjoys basketball, baseball, golf, fishing and reading.