The following is an abbreviated summary of ECS' doctrinal position:
GOD – God is one, yet eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He has revealed Himself in the world which He created and still rules and sustains in His Word. The Bible is the fully inspired Word of God and therefore as originally given is free from error.
HUMAN BEINGS – Human beings were created good and in God’s image. Humans sinned and fell away from God, and this fall has affected every part of their life so that they are spiritually dead and are not able or willing by themselves to return to God. They are under judgment of God for their sin.
CHRIST – Jesus Christ is both God and man. By His virgin birth, perfect life, sacrificial death, bodily resurrection, present rule and intercession, and future visible return, He became our Savior.
SALVATION – Christ saving work, although great enough to save all men, actually saves only those whom God has chosen before the foundation of the world and who therefore repent from sin and believe in Him. The Holy Spirit leads men to be saved by faith in Christ through the Word of God, which must be preached to all men everywhere with the promise that whoever calls upon the Lord shall be saved.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE – Christians, as those sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake and in whom the image of God is being restored, are called upon to fight by God’s Grace against sin and live all their lives in thankfulness to Him. They are commanded to persist prayerfully in this Christian faith and life, being assured that after this life raised them up in glory.
THE CHURCH – Those whom God saves are brought into living fellowship with Christ and therefore are obliged to live in fellowship with one another in a church which believes, practices, and preaches these truths, obediently administers the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and faithfully watches over the faith and life of its membership.
CHILDREN – Children of believers are included with their parents in the church and their parents are responsible to God for training them as the heirs of God’s covenant promises with the prayer and expectation that they too will share this Christian faith and life.