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THE GREAT MISSION STATEMENT:


"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mt. 28:19-20)
 

COMMENT
 

Since "the mission" is to "make disciples of all nations" not "converts," the New England Center's focus is on the whole of that which is commanded.  Yes, evangelism is necessary and must occur; but making converts can never be confused with making disciples.
 

Disciples must be "taught" to pray, to worship, to study the Bible, to sacrifice their time and themselves regularly, to proclaim the Gospel, and to be ready to give a defense for that which they believe.

Sadly, at least since the 1950's, many churches and denominations have spent far   too much time on making pseudo-converts, with far too little time spent on making disciples.  One only has to look at the number of people leaving the church (permanently) to differentiate those who were truly converted from those that were not.  An overemphasis on evangelism has resulted in a "famine in the land of New England" for the preaching of the Word of God amoung anemic Christians at best; and potentially churches filled with unregenerate members (not believers).



NECEP's MISSION STATEMENT:

"The New England Center for Expository Preaching seeks to promote "expository preaching" and assist expository preaching pastors throughout New England"because there is "a famine in the land of New England for the preaching of the Word of God.

 


NECEP MISSION STATEMENT DETAILS 

The New England Center for Expository Preaching (NECEP) exists to glorify God and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by giving a select number of seminary students, (who desire to become expository preachers) the opportunity to preach the Word of God to “real congregations” weekly.

Since "the mission" is to "make disciples" not "make converts" the New England Center's focus is to do that which is commanded.  Yes, evangelism is necessary and must occur; but getting people to make a profession of faith is not the objective. Saving faith is.  Converts must be "taught" to pray, to worship, and to study their Bibles regularly, and to be ready to give a devense for that which is believed.

 

NECEP IS PROTESTANT!


NECEP therefore maintains:

The Bible is the Word of God
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Salvation is by Christ Alone - Details

Salvation is by Faith Alone - Details

By the Grace of God Alone - Details

To the Glory of God Alone - Details

Having said this, it must also be stated that God has chosen to work through the Holy Spirit, Who indwells His regenerate elect. Using systematic theologians and nursery workers equally, His Gospel is proclaimed according to His timing. 


AFFIRMATIONS & DENIALS:

 

The Board of Directors of the New England Center for Expository Preaching, the NECEP Strategic Planning Team, the affiliated professors, the keynote speakers at NECEP events, and the students participating in the NECEP internship are in general agreement with the "Together for the Gospel Affirmations and Denials" - Details 


OTHER STATEMENTS OF FAITH:
 

The following are statements of faith with which The New England Center for Expository Preaching would be in general agreement. We understand these statements to be in general agreement with one another, differing mainly in the amount of detail offered:

The New Hampshire Statement of Faith - Details

The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 - Details

The Second London Baptist Confession - Details

Gospel Coalition Confessional Statement -  Details