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What is an evangelical?

What is an evangelical?

Over the years, there have been many attempts to come up with a definition of what ‘evangelicalism’ is. Various different Christian movements fall within the ‘evangelical’ family. But what characterises us is a passion for the good news of Jesus Christ, which we call the ‘gospel’. The term evangelical itself comes from the Greek ‘euangelion’ which was used by the New Testament writers to speak of ‘glad tidings’ and ‘good news’.

We believe that Jesus Christ and his dying on the cross for our sins is good news for all society, and that everyone can enter into relationship with him if they turn away from their sin and devote their lives to him. We also believe that the Bible is our ultimate authority and governs the way we live our lives and act in our world. Spurred on by a desire to bring good news to our communities, we are passionate about bringing about change for the good and so social action forms a central part of how we live as Christians locally, nationally and globally.

For more detail on what evangelicalism means, read this paper from our former head of theology.