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What is an Evangelical church?

An evangelical church is a Protestant body that emphasizes the gospel, God's redemption for man, along with the belief that salvation is obtained through faith in the grace of God, not earned by man's efforts or good works. The evangelical church promotes the basic Christian doctrines: The trinity, the deity of Christ, the personality of the Holy Spirit, the inspiration of scripture, the vicarious suffering of Christ for atonement of sin, His resurrection from death, His ascension to heaven, His personal return, the resurrection and judgment of all men, heaven and hell. The primary distinction of an evangelical church is their view of biblical authority — that scripture is the infallible, written Word of God. The form of worship may vary somewhat from church to church, but usually follows the influences of revivalistic liturgy of the 19th century.

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