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Core Convictions - Study #6

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Eternal Convictions – Acts 17:16-34


Sunday’s Teaching: In this final-in-the-series teaching, we considered the convictions we have which have eternal consequences. We worked through this teaching truth, from Article 10 of the EFCA S.O.F. (below):

Life’s most important choices bear forever’s most important consequencesListen carefully. Believe humbly. Prepare eternally.


Let’s get STARTED begin by recalling some of the most important choices you’ve made in life.

1)  What are the 3 most important choices you’ve made in your life?    

2)  What were the consequences of those choices? (any joys? any regrets?)


Let’s Explore in the WORD - Read together Acts 17:16-34

After your reading, write down your answers, and discuss the following questions by imagining you are the philosophers and learned of Athens who are listening to Paul

#1 What questions would you have for Paul, listening to him? 

#2 What about Paul’s message would you find difficult to believe?

#3 What choices (s) did you hear Paul asking you to make?

Finally, what do you think modern people (in America, and world-wide) would think of Paul’s message?


Let’s Prioritize APPLICATION

Are there those in your network of relationships who would need to hear Paul’s presentation here? What part of this presentation might those who come to your mind object to? 

Spend some time praying for those who are making choices that will effect their eternity. Pray for your opportunity to “put wear on your welcome mat” with these you are praying for. There is strength from the Spirit in such praying.


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The Evangelical Free Church of America SOF


Statement of Faith articles



  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.

The Bible

  1. 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

  1. 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.

Jesus Christ

  1. 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.

The Work of Christ

  1. 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

  1. 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.

The Church

  1. 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.

Christian Living

  1. 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.

Christ’s Return

  1. 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.

Response and Eternal Destiny

  1. 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


What have you learned from these 10 articles as we’ve studied them in our Gather Worship Teaching?


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