What We Believe at

the Lighthouse

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Scripture

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God–breathed and were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Luke 24:44-47: 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12,13).

 

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth, eternally existing in three persons––Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co–eternal in being, co–eternal in nature, co–equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14; I Tim.1:17: Rev. 4;11)

 

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1, 2, 14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His sinless life and death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Rom. 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, he fulfills His ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Heb. 7:25, 9:24; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2),

 

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them until the day of redemption. (John 16:8–11; 2 Cor. 3:6; 1 Cor.12:12–14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 5:18)

 

Creation and Humanity

We believe that God is the creator of all things and that He specifically created human beings, male and female, in his own image. (Gen 1:27,28) Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:28, 1 Peter 3:7) Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a picture of the union between Christ and his Church. (Gen 1:27-28, Gen 2:18-25, Eph 5:31-33) In God’s wise purposes, men and women are not simply interchangeable, but rather they complement each other in mutually enriching ways. Therefore, we believe the distinct roles that men and women were ordained by God to assume, both in the home and in the church, are rooted in His created order. (Mark 10:7-8, 1 Cor 6:16, Eph 5:31, 1 Tim 2:11-3:5, Titus 1:5-9)

 

Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; And while people are not absolutely sinful, all people are totally sinful, and of themselves are utterly unable to remedy their lost condition (Gen. 1:26, 27; Rom. 3:22, 23, 5:12; Eph. 2:1–3, 12)

 

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph. 1:7, 2:8–10; John 1:12; 1 Peter 1:18–19)

 

The Church

We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born–again persons (Eph. 1:22, 23; 5:25–27; 1 Cor. 12:12–14; 2 Cor. 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27, 18:22, 20:17; 1 Tim. 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1–4, 15:19–31, 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5: 4–7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1–4).   

 

Sacraments

We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper as the scriptural sacraments of the church (Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; 18:8; 1 Cor. 11:23–26) We believe baptism by immersion is the biblical model of baptism in the New Testament (Matt 3:16; Acts 8:26-29; Col 2:12). We know that baptism is the way in which we physically identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. We believe that Communion is a tangible symbol of the blood and body of Jesus which was shed and broken as a payment for the sins of mankind. The Bible describes it as a practice reserved for those who are followers of Jesus. Each person taking communion should carefully examine themselves to determine if they have adequately prepared their hearts to participate in communion. We do not believe that either of these sacraments are necessary for Salvation, but we do believe that they are an outward expression of an inward change (1 Corinthians 11:23-28).

 

Of the Devil; Satan

We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man's great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy; the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness – destined however to final defeat at the hands of God's own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels (Mark 13:21-22; I John 4:3; II John 7; I John 2:22; Rev. 13:13-14; II Thess. 2:8-11; Rev. 19:11,16, 20; Rev. 12:7-9; Rev. 20:1-3, 10; Matt. 25:41)

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