We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
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The Midwest District Story
The Midwest Conference was born October 2, 1896, in Oakland, Nebraska, during one of Fredrick Franson’s Bible Conferences. It was first given the rather auspicious name of "The Association of Minister, Elders and Evangelists of the Free Churches of Nebraska and South Dakota." A constitution was adopted and officers were elected. The first annual meeting was held the following spring, February 24-26, 1897 at the Phelps Center Church in Holdrege, Nebraska. The infant organization was given another name, "The Scandinavian Free Mission Society of Nebraska and South Dakota." An annual and a semi-annual conference were held every year.
At the annual meeting held at Holcomb, Nebraska in 1900, plans were made for greater extension work. A tent was purchased and strenuous evangelistic efforts were put forth. God blessed and the following year another tent was donated to the conference. In 1904, the society had grown considerably, so it was thought best to incorporate. This was done June 1, 1905, at Aurora, Nebraska, under the name of "The Scandinavian Free Mission Society of Nebraska." In 1906 the Swedish Evangelical Free Church Mission Society of South Dakota formed its own society.
During the time of drought and depression within the district, there was an Extension Committee promoting evangelistic efforts in needy locations. Field workers held tent meetings in various places. In 1937 Colorado became a part of the Midwest Conference. This arrangement continued for five years (1943) after which time the churches of Colorado requested a withdrawal from the Midwest District to form the Rocky Mountain District. In 1938 the name, "Midwest Conference" was adopted.
In 1946 there were needs and possibilities in Kansas and in 1950 the first church in Wichita was started under the joint efforts of the Midwest Conference and the National Home Mission Office which assumed full responsibility for Wichita. This is when Nebraska and Kansas comprised the geographical area of the Midwest District.
In the early days of the Free Church, the Midwest District became one of the most aggressive home mission’s efforts. At one time it had its own publication, "The Little Herald".The Midwest District has always been known as a strong district with great support from both pastors and the laity. God has blessed down through the years with many good things having been accomplished for God’s Kingdom.