EVANGELICAL

The word evangelical can mean different things to different people. Briefly, by evangelical we mean that we hold to the inerrancy of Scripture and salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. This theology is "evangelical" in that it affirms with historic Protestantism such vital doctrines as the Five Solas of the protestant reformation. Among those are Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide. Sola Scriptura refers to the fact that the Bible, as the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God, is the sole written revelation that rules the faith and practice of the Christian community and alone can bind the conscience. Sola Fide refers to the doctrine of justification by faith alone whereby the believer is justified before God by the free grace of God by which He imputes the righteousness of Christ to the believer (Rom. 5:18-19). The sole ground of our justification is the merit of Jesus, which is imputed to all who put their trust in Him. Though good works flow necessarily and immediately from all justified persons, these works are not the meritorious grounds of our justification (Eph. 2:8-10).