Teaching during the next two Sunday Evening Praise services will address the recent change in the Evangelical Free Church of America’s Statement of Faith. First Free Rockford is a member of the EFCA, an association of autonomous churches united around 10 theological convictions.
At the June conference, EFCA delegates approved a change in Article 9. The change substituted the word “glorious” for “premillennial” in the EFCA’s doctrinal position about the return of Jesus. The statement now reads:
“We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious 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.”
First Free’s Paul Geddes will teach about this and related topics during the next two Sunday Evening Praise services, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. The services begin at 6 p.m. in the Chapel.
For our church, adopting this change requires approval by the congregation — which is why the old version still appears on our website. Discussion and a vote are planned for the next Meeting of the Members, Feb. 23.
For background on the EFCA change, which was supported by 79 percent of the delegates, here are two helpful resources:
- An article by Greg Strand, EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, also points to several other articles that help explain the change and the reasoning.
- Christianity Today’s Quick to Listen podcast addresses the issue and the related conversation that’s been taking place in the wider evangelical world.
Jim Killam is a journalist, author, teacher and terminal Cubs fan. He and his wife, Lauren, live in Rockford and work internationally with Wycliffe Bible Translators.