The unity of the body of Christ is one of the great themes of the New Testament. When people come to Christ through repentance and faith, they not only become “new creatures in Christ,” but become members of Christ’s one body as well. “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body” (1 Cor. 12:13). As members of Christ’s body and as members of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), we commit ourselves to one another in a loving fellowship that promotes cooperative effort in Christian witness and celebration of all that we share together in Christ.

We celebrate our one faith. Our Statement of Faith reflects the fact that we accept the Bible as our authority and rule of faith and practice. The Lord God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is the object and provider of our one faith. “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8). We “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:2).

We celebrate our one witness. “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10: 17). Yet, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2: 17). Our united witness to the gospel of Christ has never been needed more. Religious syncretism, moral relativism, extreme individualism, materialism and racism are dominant ideologies of the age, undermining the institutions of family, church and civil government which are ordained by God. Knowing the power of God’s truth to transform, we unite in a fresh commitment of ourselves to God in order faithfully to proclaim and demonstrate biblical Christianity.

We celebrate our one hope. “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead” (1 Cor. 15:19-20). Through Jesus Christ we believe in God the Father, who through the power of the Holy Spirit raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so our faith and hope are in the triune God. We anticipate the “glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). We anticipate that time when “the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21 :3-4).

United in Christ and with a firm commitment to our one faith, one witness, and one hope, we resolve to serve our Lord by standing for biblical truth, calling evangelicals to bear witness to the absolute standard of biblical truth and its application to every area of life, modeling Christian unity based upon a commitment to biblical truth and the lordship of Jesus Christ. We will do this by identifying the needs and issues around which our members have common concerns, developing ways and means to meet these needs and to address these issues, and a collegial environment which will support the mission and ministry of each member unit.

We resolve to serve our Lord by speaking with a representative voice. We will do this by proclaiming the gospel globally and ministering to human needs – physical, emotional, and spiritual, and identifying socio-cultural issues and addressing them with a biblical, prophetic perspective.

We resolve to serve our Lord by serving the evangelical community. We will do this by enabling evangelical organizations to fulfill their ministries through encouragement, support, information, cooperative action, service, and education in the nature of contemporary issues, thus providing a support network for effective response and action.

As we, the National Association of Evangelicals, serve the Lord in these ways, we do so in the knowledge that we are pleasing our Lord Jesus Christ whose prayer “that they may be one as we are one” (John 17: 11) will be lived out before an unbelieving world, until such time as our faith is face-to-face, our witness is verified, and our hope is complete!