For many, the words â€śevangelicalâ€ť and â€śfundamentalistâ€ť are synonymous; but they are not.Â In his book, Evangelicalism & the Future of Christianity, Oxford University scholar, Alister McGrath,Â has helpfully delineated 6 â€ścontrolling convictionsâ€ť of any church that would call itself â€śevangelical,â€ť all 6 of which Christ Church affirms, and which is assumed in our use of the term, â€śevangelicalâ€ť:
- The supreme authority of Scripture as a source of knowledge of God and a guide to Christian living.
- The majesty of Jesus Christ, both as incarnate God and Lord and as the Savior of sinful humanity.
- The lordship of the Holy Spirit.
- The need for personal conversion.
- The priority of evangelism for both individual Christians and the church as a whole.
- The importance of the Christian community for spiritual nourishment, fellowship and growth.