Statements of Belief
STATEMENTS OF BELIEF
In essential beliefs we have unity, in non-essential beliefs we have liberty, and in all our beliefs we show love and grace.
We recognize that not every Christian agrees with us on every detail of doctrine, and that our unity as the global Church is based solely on the atoning work of Jesus. The beliefs listed below are the official doctrinal position Lighthouse Church as a local fellowship of believers. The statements are both personal and foundational for the leadership and our body.
We believe in one God who is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three distinct and co-equal persons we refer to as the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus, while upon the earth, was God revealed in the flesh. He was both fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God, fulfill prophecy, and redeem sinful man. We believe He accomplished our redemption through His substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, His burial, and His bodily resurrection. We believe that Jesus Christ is the visible image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, and the Head of the Church. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God where, as High Priest to His people, He serves as our Advocate and intercedes for us. He is coming again personally and visibly to claim His bride, the Church, and will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 52:12-53:12; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 20:28; 26:37-39; John 1:1-18; 1:29-34; 10:30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14; Colossians 1:15-19; Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; 7:23-25; 1 John 2:1-2)
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with God the Father and Jesus Christ. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He is given to and lives in all believers from the moment of salvation empowering them to be effective witnesses in the world. He provides the Christian with the power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift(s) when they are saved to be used in ministry to others. As Christians, we seek to live daily under His direction until the return of Christ.
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. We believe that the Bible, Old and New Testaments, is inspired by God; it is the truth without any mixture of error.
We believe people were created innocent and in the spiritual image and likeness of God, and are the supreme object of God’s creation. By choosing to sin, the first humans (Adam and Eve) brought both physical and spiritual death to all humanity and creation. No person can do anything to merit God’s favor and all are incapable of attaining salvation outside of Jesus Christ.
We believe salvation is God’s free gift to us, that we must accept. We can never make up for our sin through self-improvement or good works. Only by placing our faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ as God’s pathway to forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty of eternal separation from God. When we turn away from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life with God begins the moment a person receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith.
We believe each individual person is created as an eternal being. The gift of God is eternal union with Him. We receive this gift through faith in Jesus and acceptance of the forgiveness and salvation that is found in Him alone. Hell is eternal separation from God. Heaven is eternal union with God. Heaven and Hell are real places as the Bible describes and are not conditions we live in before death or before the return of Jesus.
We believe that the Church (comprised of all Christ-following believers around the world) is a spiritual body with Jesus Christ as its head. The Church is a collection of local churches that may not have unity in every detail of philosophy and doctrine but walk in the unity of Jesus Christ as the head of the Church, and a common mission to spread His Good News. The local church (individual congregations/organizations) is an assembly of professed believers in Jesus Christ who are voluntarily joined together in one locality for the purposes of worship, study of the Word of God, observance of the ordinances, Christian fellowship, love and service to others, and equipping for and practice of Kingdom service, specifically stewarding our lives for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission. We believe the two church ordinances in which all believers are to participate are water baptism (by immersion) and communion.
(Matthew 3:13-17; 16:13-19; 28:18-20; Mark 14:22-26; Acts 2:38, 42-47; 8:38-39; 18:8; 20:17-18,28; Romans 6:1-5; 12; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; 11:23-34; 12:12-31; Ephesians 1:22-23;4:11-13; 5:23; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-11; 1 Peter 5:12, Hebrews 10:24-25)