CCEF’s core commitments are predicated on the triune, saving, speaking and acting God of the Bible, who calls us to do ministry by equipping his people for ministry.
We are Protestant. We affirm the unique authority of Scripture, and subscribe to the historic creeds of the early church and Reformation (i.e., Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, Westminster Confession of Faith, London Baptist Confession, Heidelberg Catechism). And though we are grounded in the Protestant reformed tradition, we are also ecumenical and seek to minister to and with Christians from a range of theological perspectives.
We seek to apply these core commitments of historic orthodoxy in ways that are humble and winsome.
- Because God teaches us to see the world the way he sees it, and to see all things as they exist in relationship to him, we are committed to the complete trustworthiness and primacy of the Scriptures.
- Because the working of God in human life unfolds historically, we are committed to the narrative perspective provided by redemptive-historical theology, the story line that frames our understanding of systematic theology, practical theology, and church history.
- Because God’s saving work in Christ Jesus creates a people for his own possession, we are committed to serve the visible church.
- Because there is one Body and one Spirit, we are committed to serve Christians of many different denominational associations.
- Because God’s ways and words are relevant across time, in all places, and to all peoples, we are committed to cultural sensitivity. Because the church is called to move towards the world redemptively, rather than existing in defensive or hostile isolation, we are committed to cultural engagement.