Our statement of beliefs is the core  doctrine that insures unified focus of members of LC2:42.  We realize that, in the diversity of the body of Christ, solid Christians  may have minor doctrinal differences. However, if a body of believers maintains that salvation is by faith alone in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, other minor differences should not keep us from partnering in life and in ministry.  In the current culture, we feel that Christians across the globe should embrace one another in love as a unified front of faith in Christ regardless of minor theological nuances.  With that noted, these are the core doctrinal beliefs we hold to:

 

SCRIPTURES.   WE BELIEVE the sixty-six books that make up the canon of scripture called the Holy Bible are divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit and are God’s revelation of Himself to mankind.  We believe the scriptures are truth and without any mixture of error.  They provide instruction for godliness, teaching, reproof, and correction so that mankind can be competent and equipped to live godly lives.  The scriptures are totally trustworthy and are a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of the divine revelation. (Prov 30:5-6, John 5:39, 1Tim 4:13, 2Tim 3:16, 2Pet 1:20, Heb 4:12)

 

GOD.  WE BELIEVE there is only one living and true God.  He is the Eternal King.  He is a personal being, infinite in glory, unchangeable, perfect in holiness, is all powerful, all knowing, all present, and completely sovereign.  We owe all things to Him so we believe we should give Him the highest love, adoration, reverence, and obedience.  He has chosen to reveal Himself to us as one God through three distinct personalities: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  (Deut 6:4, Psa 18:30, Psa 139, Jere 10:10, Matt 3:16-17, Matt 28:19, 1Tim 1:17)

 

JESUS CHRIST.  WE BELIEVE Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who came from glory and entered into a human body in order to reveal the Father to us and to reconcile us back to Him.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived completely without sin through reliance upon the Holy Spirit, was 100% man and as the second Adam and yet is 100% God.  He was crucified, buried, and resurrected, and ascended to the right hand of the Father.  He is the only mediator between God and man.  While on the cross, the sin of mankind was placed upon Him and the Father punished the sin.  He became sin on our behalf so that we could become the righteousness of God in Him.  All who put their faith in Him will be saved.  Through His perfect life He won back the keys of the kingdom that were given over to the devil and his angels when Adam sinned.  He was then given all authority over heaven and earth and then He gave His authority to His church to advance His kingdom.  Jesus not only revealed the Father to us, but showed us how to live a spirit-filled life on this earth.  He is now ministering in grace awaiting the time when the Father will tell Him to return.  When He returns He will gather up His bride (the church), judge the wicked, and put to complete end the devil, sin, and death.  (Matt 1:23, Luke 1:26-38, John 1:1-14, Acts 2:14-41, Rom 10:9-13, 1Cor 15:3-8, 2Cor 5:17, Heb 4:15, 5:8-10, 1Pet 2:24-25, Rev 1:8, 22:7, 20)

 

HOLY SPIRIT.  WE BELIEVE the Holy Spirit is fully God.  He indwells man upon initial belief whereby He seals them for the day of redemption.  Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ in us and is: the One who initially reveals Christ to us, teaches us about Christ, comforts us as we wait upon Christ, counsels us, convicts us, and empowers us for serving Christ.  In everything He does, He exalts Jesus Christ.  He has the ministry of giving spiritual gifts and leading the believer to use those gifts.  (John 14:16, John 14:26, John 15:26, John 16:8, Acts 5:3-4  1Cor 12:11, Gal 4:6, Eph 1:13-16)

 

SALVATION.   WE BELIEVE all human beings are descendants of Adam and Eve.  Due to Adam and Eve’s rebellion all humans are now born into sin and are born with a sin nature and are born spiritually separated from God.  We also believe scripture teaches that all sin is worthy of the punishment of eternal judgement.  Without being forgiven, cleansed from our sin, and made holy we can never have a true relationship with God or be in His presence upon our physical death.  However, God wants all to be reconciled to Him and that none to perish.  Jesus, the Son of God, who is 100% God became 100% man offered His life as a ransom payment for our sin debt.  He became the perfect sacrifice and offered His blood for the salvation of men. He became sin and was punished on our behalf so we could be offered salvation.  He lived a perfect life, was crucified, died, and resurrected from the dead.  We believe salvation is given freely to those who place their faith in Jesus Christ’s work on the cross.  We believe salvation in Jesus restores all that was lost when Adam and Eve rebelled in the Garden of Eden.  When one is saved, they become a child of God and are 100% forgiven from sin, and are given power through the Holy Spirit over the temptations of world, the flesh, and the devil.   Salvation is a free gift and cannot be earned in any manner.  It is by grace alone, through faith in Jesus that one can be saved.  We believe that Jesus is the ONLY way to the Father and that those who reject Christ in this world will receive eternal punishment.  One accepts salvation through approaching God in faith through the knowledge of Jesus and the drawing of the Holy Spirit.  We also believe that Christians are the primary catalyst that God chose to share the good news of His provision for salvation and that all believers must do their part in getting this news to world.

 

BAPTISMS.   WE BELIEVE the scriptures teach and the early church evidences three distinct baptisms.  The first baptism is the baptism into the body of Christ which comes when a person first believes and is regenerated.  The second is a water baptism whereby the believer testifies to the world their baptism into Christ.  We believe this baptism should be through immersion into water which best explains the Gospel and one’s alignment with Christ in His life, burial, and resurrection. Water baptism is one of the two ordinances Christ gave the church.  Finally, we believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit which is distinct from the new birth baptism into Christ.  While, not necessary for salvation, the baptism in/with the Holy Spirit is an anointing to be a powerful witnesses for Christ and to walk in the fullness of the spiritual gifts one receives from the Holy Spirit.  (Matt 3:16, Matt 28:19-20, John 20:21, Acts 1:5, Acts 1:8,  Acts 2:1-4, Rom 6:3, Gal 3:27, Heb 6:2-3)

 

LORD’S SUPPER.   WE BELIEVE Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper on the last night before He was crucified.  In doing this, He was showing the inauguration of the New Covenant of salvation through His blood.  We believe this is one of the two ordinances Christ gave the church to uphold.  We believe the elements of the bread and drink are symbolic of the sacrifice Christ made for our behalf.  We hold that only Christians should partake of the Lord’s Supper when administered and that before doing so they should examine their lives for unconfessed sin.  The reason we examine our lives first is because it was our sin that caused Jesus to be crucified on our behalf.  We bring Him the greatest glory by repenting from our sins before confessing the work He accomplished on the cross through the bread and drink.  We hold that all Christians may partake in our local celebrations of the Lord’s Supper when we have them.  (Mark 14:24, Luke 22:14-23, 1Cor 11:17-34)

 

SPIRITUAL GIFTS.   WE BELIEVE all the gifts of the spirit are available to the church today just as they were in the days of the Apostles and that the church body should earnestly seek to be empowered with these gifts.  These gifts are necessary for the body of Christ to present the full Gospel of Jesus Christ and to edify and build up the body of believers.  We do not believe all receive all the gifts.  We do not believe any particular gift is necessary as a sign of salvation or baptism into the Spirit (i.e. tongues).  Neither do we believe the gifts are a sign of one’s right and true relationship with God, for Jesus Himself said that some will cast out devils and do miracles and yet will not be known by God.  Rather, the gifts are graces given to share Christ’s love and message in the world through the power and authority of His name. (Rom 12:3-8, 1Cor 12-14, Eph 4:1-8, 1Pet 4:7-11)

 

CHURCH.   WE BELIEVE the universal church is made up of genuine followers of Jesus Christ who believe upon Him and are sealed with the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, the church is not just our local congregation, but all believers.  Our New Testament church (or local congregation) is a gathering of believers unified in our faith in Jesus Christ and around the ministry of reconciliation He gave us.  We believe God uses local gatherings as catalysts to further Jesus’ ministry on the earth.  We believe the local gathering of the saints can occur on any day or time of the week.  When gathered we believe we should maintain the focus of ministering worship unto God, teaching the Word of God, fellowshipping and encouraging one another in the faith, and equipping each other for the work of ministry. (Matt 16:17-18, Acts 2:42-47, 2Cor 5:11-21, Col 3:15)

 

MISSIONS.   WE BELIEVE that just before His ascension, Jesus Christ gave us the ministry of reconciling others unto God via sharing the good news of salvation.  This is often called the “Great Commission” which is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.  Before the Apostles were to begin this commission they were told to wait for the promised Holy Spirit that would give them “power to be His witnesses.”  The power and fullness of the Holy Spirit allows Christians to do the greatest work of evangelism in the world.  We believe that all are missionaries and all should seek to be empowered for their mission.  We feel that wherever the local church gathers that is its first mission field. It is critical that the local gathering of believers seek to re-present Christ in community through works of love and practical helps so as to exalt Jesus and share His message.  We believe that in our world today people are looking for genuine love.  Through mission work, we can introduce them to the God of Love in the person of Jesus Christ.  We also believe that Christians are called to steward not only their local communities, but the world in general.  Thus, we believe in going abroad wherever the Lord directs us to re-present Christ.  (Matt 28:19-20, Acts 1:4-5, 8, 2Cor 5:11-21)