Cross is the center of my Christian faith! Good works that I do in Lovepeople is a result of my respond to the callings as a follower of Jesus Christ! Salvation is a gift of God’s grace through faith! Good works and changed lives are the inevitable results of salvation. SOLI DEO GLORIA!
1: The Bible We believe the Bible, comprised of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God . In faith we hold the Bible to be inerrant in the original writings, God-breathed, and the complete and final authority for faith and practice. While still using the individual writing styles of the human authors, the Holy Spirit perfectly guided them to ensure they wrote precisely what He wanted written, without error or omission.
2: GOD We believe in one God, who is Creator of all, who has revealed Himself in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit ! Yet who is one in being, essence, and glory. God is eternal, infinite, and sovereign. God is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and unchanging. God is holy, just, righteous, love, gracious, merciful, and good.
3. The FatherWe believe in the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, all things visible and invisible!
4: The Son - Jesus Christ We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is God incarnate, God in human form, the expressed image of the Father, who, without ceasing to be God, became man in order that He might demonstrate and reveal who God is and provide the means of salvation for humanity you and I.
We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary; that He is truly fully God and truly fully man; that He lived a perfect, sinless life; that all His teachings are true. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all humanity as a substitutionary sacrifice. We hold that His death is sufficient to provide salvation for all who receive Him as Savior; that our justification is grounded in the shedding of His blood ; and that it is attested by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven in His glorified body and is now seated at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate and will come back to judge the World.
5: The Holy Spirit We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit. He regenerates sinners and indwells believers. He is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all believers into His body. He is the seal by whom the Father guarantees the salvation of believers unto the day of redemption. He is the Divine Teacher who illumines believers’ hearts and minds as they study the Word of God.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is ultimately sovereign in the distribution of spiritual gifts. We believe that the miraculous gifts of the Spirit, while by no means outside of the Spirit’s ability to empower, no longer function to the same degree they did in the early development of the church.
6: Angels and Demons We believe in the reality and personality of angels. We believe that God created the angels to be His servants and messengers.
We believe in the existence and personality of Satan and demons. Satan is a fallen angel who led a group of angels in rebellion against God. He is the great enemy of God and man, and the demons are his servants in evil. He and his demons will be eternally punished in the lake of fire.
7: Humanity We believe that humanity came into existence by direct creation of God and that humanity is uniquely made in the image and likeness of God. We believe that all humanity, because of Adam's fall, has inherited a sinful nature, that all human beings choose to sin, and that all sin is exceedingly offensive to God. Humanity is utterly unable to remedy this fallen state.
8: Salvation We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Christ’s death fully accomplished justification through faith and redemption from sin. Christ died in our place and bore our sins in His own body .
We believe salvation is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Good works and obedience are results of salvation, not requirements for salvation. Due to the greatness, sufficiency, and perfection of Christ’s sacrifice, all those who have truly received Christ as Savior are eternally secure in salvation, kept by God’s power, secured and sealed in Christ forever. Just as salvation cannot be earned by good works, neither does it need good works to be maintained or sustained. Good works and changed lives are the inevitable results of salvation.
9: The Church We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all believers of this present age. We believe in the ordinances of believer’s water baptism as a testimony to Christ and identification with Him, and the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of Christ’s death and shed blood. Through the church, believers are to be taught to obey the Lord and to testify concerning their faith in Christ as Savior and to honor Him by holy living. We believe in the Great Commission as the primary mission of the Church. It is the obligation of all believers to witness, by word and life, to the truths of God’s Word. The gospel of the grace of God is to be preached to all the world .
10: Things to Come We believe in the blessed hope, the personal and imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His saints. We believe in the visible and bodily return of Christ to the earth with His saints to establish His promised millennial kingdom. We believe in the physical resurrection of all men—the saints to everlasting joy and bliss on the New Earth, and the wicked to eternal punishment in the lake of fire.
We believe that the souls of believers are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where they await their resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until their resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer everlasting punishment.