statementoffaithLord Jesus Christ Church Statement of Faith

We Believe and Teach
That the Scriptures Declare

There is ONE GOD…
Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:11 ; Isaiah 44:6; Isaiah 45:5-6; Isaiah 45:18

The Bible is the inspired Word of God
Isaiah 34:16; Psalms 40:7; Luke 4:4, 11:28; Hebrews 4:12, 10:7; II Timothy 3:16

ALL have sinned and need salvation…
Romans 3:23; I John 1:10

Repentance is a necessity…
Matthew 3:11; Matthew 9:13; Mark 1:14-15; Acts 2:38

Water Baptism, by immersion, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is a necessity…
Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 4:12; Acts 10:48; Acts 19:5

The Baptistism of the Spirit is a necessity…
(evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance)
Matthew 3:11; John 3:5; Acts 2:4; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 10:44-46

Living Holy before the Lord is a necessity…
Leviticus 20:7; Romans 6:19; II Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:24; I Thessalonians 4:7; I Peter 1:15-16

Worshipping the Lord must be done in Spirit and in Truth
John 4:23-24; Philippians 3:3

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We hold a fundamental view of the Bible: “The Bible is the only God-given authority which man possesses; therefore all doctrine, faith, hope, and all instructions for the church must be based upon and harmonize with the Bible”. The Bible is the Word of God, and therefore inerrant and infallible.

We hold that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not by works. Faith in Jesus is the means by which a person is justified. A sinner must believe the gospel by faith; they are then commanded to repent of their sins, be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ or the Lord Jesus, and to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost/Spirit (Acts 2:38; 4:12; 8:12-17; 10:43-48; 19:1-6). We embrace that speaking in tongues is the initial sign of receiving the Holy Ghost/Spirit. Thus the various aspects of faith and obedience work together in God’s grace to reconcile us to God.

In distinction to the doctrine of the Trinity, we hold to a oneness view of God. We view the Trinitarian concept of God, that of God eternally existing as three distinctive persons, as erroneous and a departure from the consistent and emphatic biblical revelation of God being one. We teach that the one God who revealed Himself in the Old Testament as Jehovah revealed himself in His Son, Jesus Christ. Thus Jesus Christ was and is God. In other words, Jesus is the one true God manifested in flesh, for in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (John 1:1-14; I Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9).

While fully God, Jesus was also fully man, possessing a full and true humanity. He was both God and man. Moreover, the Holy Spirit is God with us and in us. Thus God is manifested as Father in creation and as the Father of the Son, in the Son for our redemption, and as the Holy Spirit in our regeneration.