Statement of Faith

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved upon by the Holy Spirit.  The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in the matters pertaining to conduct doctrines. (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)

THE GODHEAD

Our God is one, but manifested in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (Phil. 2:6).  God the Father is greater than all the sender of the Word (Logos) and the begetter (John 14:28; 16:28; 1:14).  The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; 1:18; 1:14).  The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal. (John 15:26)

MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION

Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world.  “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”  Jesus Christ, the Son of God was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Romans 5:14; 3:10; 3:23; 1 John 3:8). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. (Ephesians 2:8)

ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH

Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that works repentance.  The New Birth is available to all individuals, and when experienced produces eternal life. (2 Corinthians 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5)

MARRIAGE

Love’s Way Community Church defines marriage as the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, union of one natural born man and one natural born woman. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage.  (Genesis 1:27–28; 2:18–24; Matthew 19:4–9; Mark 10:5–9; Ephesians 5:31–33)

WATER BAPTISM

Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39)

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST

The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the New Birth.  This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance. (Matthew 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 2:38,39; 19:1-7; 2:4)

SANCTIFICATION

The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord.  We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation and Christ’s return.  (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 1:30)

DIVINE HEALING

Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands.  It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today. (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4,5; Psalms 103:3)

RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF THE LORD

The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “This same Jesus shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.”  His coming is imminent.  When He comes, “. . . the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. . .”  (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).

Following the tribulation, He shall return to the Earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years. (Rev. 20:6)

HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION

The one who physically dies without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting.  The Lake of Fire is literal.  The terms “eternal” and “everlasting” used in describing the duration of the punishment in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saint in the presence of God. (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 19:20)

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