LIFEPOINT CHURCH CORE BELIEFS 2016:
Section 1: The Bible
We believe the Bible, comprised of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). In faith we hold the Bible to be inerrant, Godbreathed, and the complete and final authority for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Section 2: God
We believe in one God, who is Creator of all (Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:16), who has revealed Himself in three distinct Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14, John 10:30). God is eternal Psalm 90:2), infinite (1 Timothy 1:17), and sovereign (Psalm 93:1). God is omniscient (Psalm 139:1-6), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-13), omnipotent (Revelation 19:6) and unchanging (Malachi 3:6). God is holy (Isaiah 6:3), just (Deuteronomy 32:4), and righteous (Exodus 9:27). God is love (1 John 4:8), gracious (Ephesians 2:8), merciful (1 Peter 1:3), and good (Romans 8:28).
Section 3: Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:30). He was with God in the beginning and he is God incarnate, God in human form, the expressed image of the Father (Colossians 1:15; John 1:1,14), who, without ceasing to be God, became man in order that He might demonstrate who God is and provide the means of salvation for humanity (Matthew 1:21; John 1:18). We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23).; that He is fully God and fully man; that He lived a perfect, sinless life (Hebrews 4:15); that all His teachings are true. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all humanity (1 John 2:2) as a substitutionary sacrifice (Isaiah 53:5-6). We hold that His death is sufficient to provide salvation for all who receive Him as Savior (John 1:12; Acts 16:31); that our justification is grounded in the shedding of His blood (Romans 5:9). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-8), ascended to Heaven (Acts 1:9-10) and is now seated at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).
Section 4: The Holy Spirit
We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 1:2) He indwells believers, (John 14:16-17) (Romans 8:9) (2 Corinthians 13:14). He brings glory to the Father and the Son, He is the conduit of God’s power and provision to us as believers (John 16:13-15) (1 Peter 1:2) (Acts 16:6-7). He applies the work of Christ to believers and distributes spiritual gifts to every believer according to His sovereign good pleasure for the purpose of building up the body (1 Corinthians 12:4-11), He is the Comforter, our teacher (John 14:26), the Spirit of Truth and Adoption (Ephesians 1:13-14), the Seal of our Salvation and the Guarantor of our inheritance in Christ. (Romans 8:14-17) (Ephesians 4:4-6)
Section 5: Fall of Man
We believe God originally created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27), and free from sin; but through the temptation of Satan (Genesis 3:1-7), Adam disobeyed God, and as a result, all inherited a sin nature and are separated from God (Romans 3:23, 5:12).
Section 6: Eternity
We believe man will exist either eternally separated from God by sin (Romans 6:23) or eternally with God through salvation (John 3:16). To be eternally separated from God is hell (Matthew 25:41). To be eternally in union with God is eternal life (1 John 5:11-12). Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (Luke 16:19-26, Mark 16:19, Revelation 14:10-11)
Section 7: Salvation
We believe that salvation is a gift by God’s grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Christ died in our place (Romans 5:8-9) and bore our sins in His own body (1 Peter 2:24). We believe salvation is received by grace alone, through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), in Christ alone (Acts 4:12, Romans 10:9). Good works and obedience are results of salvation, not requirements for salvation (James 2:17-18). All who have received Christ as Savior are eternally secure in salvation (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1;38-39). At the moment of salvation, we are given a new identity in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Section 8: Transformation
We believe that, based on our new identity in Christ, we are to no longer conform to the patterns of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). This transformation takes place in the mind (the way we think), the will (what drives a person) and the emotions (the way we respond to the successes and failures in life), and manifests itself in outward attitudes and actions. The Bible presents the
transformed life in Christ as demonstrated through our “bearing fruit in every good work [and] growing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10).
Section 9: The Church
We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ and that Christ is the head of the church (1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 12:27, Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27). We believe in water baptism by immersion, as a public testimony of one’s acceptance of Christ, and the Lord’s Supper, as a remembrance of Christ’s death (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41, Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29). We believe that the primary mission of the Church is the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:19-20) The gospel of the grace of God is to be preached to all the world (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20). We believe that Christians are instructed to be in community together to care for, teach, encourage and even admonish one another, and that assembling together is an important part of doing these things well (Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:24-25, Psalms 133:1).
Section 10: The Glory of God
We believe God’s glory is demonstrated in his power and presence (Psalms 19:1, Exodus 13:20-21, 24:16). Jesus’s highest purpose was to bring glory to God (John 17:4). Christians should ultimately live for the glory of God in all things (1 Corinthians 10:31, Matthew 5:16, 1 Peter 2:12). All things serve to glorify God as their highest purpose (Colossians 1:16).
Section 11: Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
These core beliefs do not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of LifePoint Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our elder board is LifePoint Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
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