What to Expect

Our Sunday service is traditional. We start with a time of worship that includes both hymns and contemporary choruses accompanied by piano, drums, violin and flute. We have a time of prayer where we pray for the expressed needs and requests of the congregation. Our adult choir sings most Sundays during the year (with the exception of Communion Sundays) and our Pastor delivers a Bible based sermon every week. After the service, we have a time of fellowship and coffee followed by Sunday school classes for all ages. Summer services vary slightly.
 
For Children: Nursery is available during the service. Junior Church begins after the choir sings and is available for children from grades 1-6.
 
"Everything we do, all the energy we expend, and every goal we accomplish in the next four months will focus on living out these 6 core values." - Rev. Dwight Hodne 
 
Encounter: Everyone should have an opportunity to encounter our amazing God in Worship. 
Edify: Every believer should be edified intentionally and sequentially to the next level of spiritual maturity. 
Equip: Every believer should be equipped to serve as a contributor to the health of the church. 
Embrace: Every believer should be embraced into fellowship (sharing together in common truths and actions of love).
Enlist: Every believer should intentionally become a future mentor and enlist another learner.
Evangelize: Everyone should have the privilege of hearing the Gospel with an invitation to respond. 
 

What We Believe

Park Evangelical Free Church is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America, an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions.

 

We believe with full confidence that these truths are our confessions 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.
(Genesis 1:1-2; Deuteronomy 6:4;  32:4; Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; Acts 17:24-25, Romans 8:19-20; Colossians 1:15-23.)

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.
(2 Timothy 3:15-16; 1 Peter 1:21-25; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 4:12)

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.
(Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; 3:1-6; John 3:5-8; Romans 3:19-24; 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-5)

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.
(John 1:1, 14; Philippians 2:6-8; Colossians 2:9; Romans 1:1-4; Luke 1:34-35; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 12-18; Acts 1:6-11; Hebrews 1:3; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 2:17; 4:14-15; 8:1; 1 John 2:1-2)

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.
(Hebrews 9:12-15, 22-29; Isaiah 53:4-7; Romans 3:21-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-24; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:5-9)

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.
(John 16:8; 3:5-6; 14:16-17; Titus 3:5-6; Romans 8:9-17; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Acts 1:8)

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.
(Matthew. 16:18; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 4:12-16; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Acts 2:44-47; 20:27-28; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-7; Philemon 1-2; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)

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.
(2 Peter 1:3-11; Matthew 22:37-39; Hebrews 10:23-25; Proverbs 31:8-9; Matthew 23:23; Matthew 5:13-17)

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.
(Acts 1:6-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11; Revelation 20:1-15; Matthew 24:36; 2 Peter 3:10-14)

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.
(Acts 20:20-21; Isaiah 55:6-7; John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Corinthians 4:14-18; 5:1-9; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 25:31-32, 41; Revelation 22:17)