What We Believe

Our Mission

The mission of First Free Rockford is to bring people into a life-changing and growing relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

3 Marks of  Healthy Discipleship

We encourage all believers to actively grow their relationship with Christ in the context of a community by worshiping together, learning together, and serving together.

Worship

We worship through our various worship venues that we offer here at First Free Rockford. We currently offer five different worship venues for you and your family. Three that are located at our main campus and two that are off campus at Rockford Rescue Mission, and Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center. These venues vary in musical worship styles and atmosphere to meet the worship styles of a multi-generational church.

Learn

We learn through our Life Group ministry and various Bible Studies that take place throughout the week. We have both sermon-based and curriculum-based Life Groups that meet at various times throughout the week, and we offer Bible Studies for both Men and Women along with learning opportunities for both Kids and Students.

Serve

We serve as a church in various ways both in the Rockford community and around the world. We serve the families in the Rockford Public School District through our reSTART campaign, Kids Hope USA, and our partnership with Whitehead Elementary School. We serve the greater Rockford community through our annual Trunk-or-Treat and Big Day of Serving events. We also partner in various ways with the Rockford Rescue Mission and the Pitney Place for Women and Children. Finally, we aim to fight for Social Justice issues in Rockford and around the World through various partners like: Kids Around the World, Tabitha Centers, and First Love International.

Our Denomination

Evangelical Free Church of America

We are members of the Evangelical Free Church of America , an association of autonomous churches united around 10 theological convictions, which forms the basis of what we believe.  Learn more about the EFCA by visiting their website at efca.org.

Our 10 Statements of Faith

Our Ordinances

Baptism and Communion

The EFCA believes (cf. Article 7, The Church) that one is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone (key Pauline and Reformation truths). When participated in by faith, there is a strengthening of one’s faith, although there is no salvific efficacy in the ordinances in and of themselves.

Evangelical Convictions: A Theological Exposition of the Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America (181-182) summarizes our understanding of the ordinances and affirms:

  1. Christ has given His church two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the practice of these ordinances is an essential distinguishing mark of a church
  2. these ordinances are signs, that is, visible and tangible expressions, of the gospel, and as such they serve to strengthen our faith—“confirming and nourishing the believer”
  3. the signs (water in baptism, the bread and grape juice or wine in the Lord’s Supper) must be distinguished from what they signify (God’s saving work in the gospel and Christ’s presence with us) [n. 79. Thus we deny baptismal regeneration and the doctrine of transubstantiation]
  4. the practice of these ordinances does not save us, and we receive spiritual benefit from them only when they are celebrated in “genuine faith” in Christ
  5. the ordinances serve to separate the believer from the world and to give a visible designation of those who belong to the body of Christ

Our Statement denies that:

  1. either baptism in water or participating in the Lord’s Supper is the instrumental cause of regeneration
  2. the grace of God is automatically and effectually conveyed through the administration of the ordinances themselves

In addition, our Statement does not prescribe the “time” or “mode” of baptism (allowing for both credo- and paedobaptist practices) nor does it define the precise manner in which Christ is present in the Lord’s Supper (allowing for a variety of historic Evangelical views).