Faith Statement

Lausanne Covenant

The Word of God

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, complete as the revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the supreme and final authority in all matters to which they speak.

Matthew 4:4; John 1:1-5; Colossians 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

The Trinity

We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are equal in every divine perfection and execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.

Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 John 5:6-8; Revelation 1:17-18

God the Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself providentially in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

John 14:7-14; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6; 1 John 3:1; Revelation 4:11

God the Son: Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s eternal Son, and that He has precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe further that He is not only true God, but true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We believe in His sinless life, substitutionary atonement, bodily resurrection from the dead, ascension into heaven, priestly intercession on behalf of His people, and personal, premillennial, and visible return from heaven at the end of the age.

Matthew 1:18-23; Matthew 16:15-17; John 4:23-26; John 9:35-38; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Peter 3:18

God the Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, His personality, and His work in regeneration, sanctification, and preservation. We believe that His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and implement Christ’s work of redeeming the lost and empowering the believer for godly living and service.

Joel 2:28-29; John 14:16-26; John 16:5-11; Acts 1:5; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11; 2 Corinthians 3:16-19; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 John 5:6-8

Man

We believe that God created the human race, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. We further believe that each member of the human race is a sinner by nature and choice and is therefore spiritually dead. We believe that those who repent of sin and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:8-14; Romans 10:9-11; Titus 3:5-6; 1 Peter 1:17-21; 1 John 4:15-17

Satan

We believe that Satan is a spirit, a fallen angel who is the author of sin and the cause of the fall of the human race into sin. We believe that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man and the ultimate source of evil in this world.

Genesis 3:1-14; Job 1, 2; Isaiah 14:12; Matthew 4:1; John 8:44; John 10:10; Romans 16:20; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; James 4:7

Salvation

We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We further believe that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received by each person through faith apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We believe that salvation results in righteous living, good works, and a concern for others.

John 3:16, 36; John 14:6; Acts 4:10-12; Romans 3:21-26; Romans 8: Romans 11:6; Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 John 5:10-12

The Church

We believe that the church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head. We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been immersed upon a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, instruction, evangelism, and service. We believe the ordinances in the local church are believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches of like faith and the mutual submission of believers to each other in love.

Acts 2:14-47; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Colossians 1:18; Romans 12:4-5

Separation of Church and State

We believe that each local church is self-governing in function and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. We further believe that every human being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life and that each should be free to worship God according to the dictates of his or her conscience.

Romans 13:1-7

 

Christian Conduct

We believe that the supreme task of all believers is to glorify God in these 4 things:

1) that their conduct should be blameless before the world – Philippians 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 2:10

2) that they share an obligation to assist the less fortunate within the church, the community, and throughout the world – Galatians 6:9, 10; Deuteronomy 15:7; James 1:27; 1 John 3:17-18

3) that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions – Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:6-10

4) and that they should seek to realize for themselves the full stature of spiritual maturity in Christ – Colossians 2:1-8; James 1:1-18

 

Last Things

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved, who will dwell with God forever in heaven, and in the condemnation of the lost to hell together with Satan and his angels: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:35-52