Who are we?
We are evangelical believers in Turkey who want to use all legal, spiritual and human resources wisely to fulfill God's plan of sharing His eternal love in every place and with every creature.
What is Protestantism?
"Protestants" or "Evangelicals" are the popular titles given to the heirs of the sixteenth-century Reformation which was distinctive in it's desire to rediscover the very message of the Gospel.
The Reformation encouraged the translation of the Scriptures into the vernacular languages. This, in turn, stimulated the personal reading of the Bible; and thanks to the newly discovered printing press, it quickly reached a broad audience.
The reading and application of the Bible is still the primary focus for Evangelicals. This allows for a closer personal relationship with Christ, which is the heart and essence of the Christian life.
The most novel features of the Reform movement are:
1) The Bible is the only authority in matters of faith and practice: "learn ...to not go beyond what is written" (1 Corinthians 4:6). The traditions of the church can not take precedence over what God has established in the Scripture: "the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people"(Jude 3).
2) Faith is the only 'merit' required to receive eternal life, which is a gift from God, who in the person of Christ died on the cross for all, as ultimate sacrifice for our sins: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).
3) To live the faith is the only intended purpose of the community of believers (the church), which should stay out of the powers of this world. This encourages the separation of church and state: "Render therefore unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's" (Matthew 22:21).
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