East 91st Street Christian Church is committed to the principles of our Christian church heritage in the Restoration Movement, as expressed by phrases like these:
Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent.
In essentials, unity; in opinions, liberty; and in all things, love.
We are not the only Christians, but we are Christians only.
No creed but Christ.
Learn more about what we believe.
We believe in the Bible, God's Holy Word. We believe God inspired the original writings of the Scripture and therefore the Bible is completely trustworthy in all its parts. We accept the Bible as the final written authority for all matters of faith and practice.
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's one and only Son, our one and only Savior. Jesus was born both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, suffered, and was crucified. Jesus died and was buried, and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. Jesus ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father and will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead.
We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that people created by God willfully sin against God and are consequently lost without hope apart from Jesus Christ. We believe that salvation - the forgiveness of sins - cannot be earned, but is given to us only through the blood of Jesus Christ and by God's grace. We believe that we must respond to God by admitting our sin and our need for God's grace believing and confessing the truth about Jesus, turning away from sin (repenting) and trusting Jesus as Savior and Lord. Those who have placed their faith in Jesus should be baptized to follow the example and commands of Jesus.
We believe baptism is a symbol of Jesus' death, burial, resurrection and new life. Baptism is one of the ways we respond to God as we recognize who Jesus is and what he has done for us through his life, death and resurrection.