The Armenian Evangelical Church of Chicago is in agreement with the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America (AEUNA), receiving the confession of faith handed down to us by our Armenian Evangelical forefathers –
July 1st, 1846.
Armenian Evangelical Statement of Faith
Constantinople – July 1, 1846 (abbreviated)
I believe in the existence of one only living and true God, the creator, preserver, and governor of the universe.
I believe that the one God exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
I believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are a revelation of His will to men, and the sufficient and only rule of faith and practice.
I believe that mankind, in their natural state, are destitute of holiness, under the power of sin, and worthy of the wrath of God.
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, is the only savior of sinners, and that by His perfect obedience, sufferings, and death, He made full atonement as the only sacrifice for sin, so that all who believe in Him will surely be saved.
I believe that due to the pervasive sinfulness of man, all must be regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit in order to be saved.
I believe that we are justified by the righteousness of Christ alone, through faith, and not by any deeds of our own; and that while good works are inseparable from a true and living faith, they can never be the meritorious ground of salvation before God.
I believe that holiness of life, and love for God, for our fellowmen, and for ourselves, are essential evidences of the Christian character.
I believe that, besides God, no other being is to be worshiped and adored, and that all three persons of the sacred Trinity are worthy of our worship, which, to be acceptable, must be offered through no other mediation than that of Jesus Christ.
I believe that there will be a resurrection of the dead and a day of judgment; and that the happiness of the righteous, and the punishment of the wicked, commence at death, and continue forever.
I believe that any number of true Christians, duly organized, constitute a Church of Christ, of which Christ is the only Head; and that the sacraments of the Church are baptism and communion.
I believe that Christ appointed the preaching of the gospel for the conversion of men and for the instruction of His people, and that it is the duty of His church to carry into effect the Savior’s command, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to everyone.”
The Armenian Evangelical Church of Chicago also holds to the ancient Christian Creed of the Apostles
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.