Statement of Faith

  1. We believe in the verbal plenary inspiration of the Bible, its inerrancy, its complete preservation, and its supreme authority in faith, life and doctrine. (II Timothy 3:16-­‐17; II Peter 1:19-­‐21; Ps. 12:6-­‐7). At LMCS we use translations of the Bible that are faithful to the Majority Text or Textus Receptus (Received Text).
  2. We believe that there is one God who eternally exists in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Ex. 20:2-­‐3; Deut. 4:35; 1 Cor. 8:6; I John 5:7)
  3. We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who, in the fullness of time, was begotten by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He took upon Himself human nature and became God-­‐man so that lost men might be redeemed through His shed blood and substitutionary-­‐death. (Isaiah 7:14; John 1:1-­‐2; 1 John 5:20; 1 Peter 3:18; Matthew 28:6; Acts 15:16; Matthew 1:16-­‐25; 1 Peter 2:22; John 14:3)
  4. We believe that the Holy Spirit is God and that he convicts unbelievers of sin. The Holy Spirit seals, guides, teaches, sanctifies, and helps believers. (John 14:16-­‐17; Rom. 8:1-­‐27; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:13-­‐14)
    1. We believe that every Christian is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ at the moment he believes in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual gifts to all believers for the purpose of serving the Lord and ministering in the church. We believe that some of the gifts mentioned in the New Testament were temporary and given to fulfill certain purposes in the early church (i.e. tongues and healing), and that having fulfilled their purpose, are no longer necessary in the church today. (Rom. 12:1-­‐6; 1 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:14-­‐16; Heb. 2:4)
    2. We do not adhere to many of the beliefs of our brothers in Christ who follow the charismatic/Pentecostal doctrines of tongues, “signs and wonders”, insecurity of salvation, “slaying in the spirit,” or any other doctrine or practice that is not based on sound Biblical truth.
  5. We believe that God created man who, of his own free will, chose to disobey God. Therefore, all men inherit a depraved nature and are lost sinners in need of salvation. (Gen. 1:27, Is. 53:6; Rom 1:18-­‐23, 5:12-­‐19, 3:9-­‐23; Eph. 2:1-­‐3)
  6. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in the shed blood, death and resurrection of Christ. We believe that every sinner that trusts in Christ as his Savior is born again, justified, and has eternal security of that salvation. Salvation is not by works. (Eph 2:8-­‐9; John 3:3-­‐6, 10:26-­‐27; Rom. 3:28)
  7. We believe that the body of Christ is composed of all believers from the day of Pentecost to the Rapture and manifests itself in the local church, which consists of baptized believers united in faith. (1 Cor. 1:26; 1 Tim. 3:1-­‐15; Titus 1:5-­‐9)
  8. We believe that baptism by immersion in water is an act of obedience for believers, and is a symbolic testimony of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s death and that baptized believers should observe the Lord’s Supper until the Second Coming of Christ. These ordinances were given to the local, New Testament church (Matt. 28:19-­‐20; 1 Cor. 11:23-­‐28).
  9. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost. They that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 8:21, 14:2; Matt. 25:46)
  10. We believe that Satan was created by God as an angel of light, but rebelled against God and was condemned. Satan is the father of lies, and the prince of this world who seeks to destroy Christians and God’s divine plan. (Eph. 2:2; Is. 14:12-­‐17; 2 Cor. 4:4, 11, 13-­‐15; Rev. 12:9)
  11. We believe that Christians are called out to be separate from the world and consecrated unto God. (James 4:4; 2 Cor. 6:14-­‐ 18; 1 John 2:15-­‐17; Rom. 12:1-­‐2; 1 Pet. 1:16)
  12. We believe that God established civil government for the well being and order of mankind and that we should pray for those in authority, honor them, and obey them unless the laws directly contradict the Word of God. (Rom 13:1-­‐7; 1 Tim 2:1-­‐2; Titus 3:1; 1 Pet. 13:17)
  13. We believe that God instituted marriage, which is composed of one man and one woman for one complete life. (Genesis 2:21-­‐ 25, Matthew 19:5-­‐6, Ephesians 5:31) Although God loves mankind (Romans 5:8), He firmly declares Himself against the sin of sodomy (homosexuality). (Genesis 13:13; Genesis 19; Romans 1; I Timothy 1:10; I Corinthians 6:9-­‐10)
  14. We believe that life is sacred and that abortion of babies, euthanasia and other similar acts go directly against God’s plan and against the very character of our Creator as He created us in His image. (Genesis 1:27 and 9:6; Exodus 20:13)