A Church for the 21st Century
The communion chalice and bread represent the key channel of health and wholeness for all God's people who partake it in faith, while believing in the most powerful words of Christ, "This is my body, this is my blood" (1 Cor. 11:24, 25; John 6:35). The Evangelical Christian Church in England believes in the importance of spiritual unity, (Eph. 4:3) liberty, (2 Cor.3:17) and diversity ( 1 Pet. 2:9) in the body of Christ. Our 200 years of history has recorded those miraculous healings that were released around the Lord's Table during the Second Awakening when Christians from all denominations came together in faith to break bread together. The cross represents the finish work of Christ for the forgiveness of all sins. This has become the a fundamental ordinance reflecting our unity and freedom in Christ found in the words of Jesus on the cross, "It is finished" - forever! (John 19:20).
After centuries of Christianity, men tried to cause change from inside of the system, they have formed groups honestly trying to be God's movement. These forerunners who tried to return to the Bible must be appreciated for their faith, their conviction, and determination. In these days, we are facing those denominations, who rest on doctrinal systems that are full of compromise, and that ultimately are not based on God's word. Nevertheless, there is a continuous call for all men and women to make the scriptures their sole authority. The restoration of Christianity as it was in the first century is possible when we abandon the other systems and their foundation.
We are convinced that the perfect model of the church is found in the holy scriptures and that we have the solemn task to be this same church in the 21st century. If we want to be this church, established by our Lord, Jesus Christ, it is necessary to make the effort to know the church through the study of the holy scriptures, prayer and daily application. What was asked of people of the first century is very simple, to believe and trust in the Lord, Christ Jesus, and to obey him in all things. What Jesus asks, is written in the gospels, and also in the writings of the apostles. These teachings and His commands are accessible to everyone. All we need to do is take hold of these precepts, and put them in practice.
This is who we are as Christians, while seeking nothing more than to serve Christ and follow His word as the truth of God. This is the meaning behind the logo of The Evangelical Christian Church world-wide.