DOCTRINAL STATEMENT OF LCC
He is the one true God. He is the Creator of all things; infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Gen 1:1, 26-27, 3:22, Ps. 90:2, Mt. 28:19, Jn 14:26, 2 Cor. 13:4, 1 Peter 1:2)
He was God in the flesh and stands at the right hand of God. He has existed eternally and was conceived on earth by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified for our sins, resurrected three days later, and later ascended into heaven where He is our Mediator and High Priest. (Mt. 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, Jn. 1:1-5, 8:58, 10:30-36, 12:45, 14:10-30, Heb. 1:3, 4:14-15, 7:3, I Cor. 15:3-4, Rom. 1:3-4)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit that Jesus gives His believers because His physical presence is no longer on Earth. We believe that each baptized believer in Jesus has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We cannot always determine how He works and when He works, but His work is a transforming work in each believer's lives. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to each believer that makes it possible for us to carry out the work of the church. (John 14:16-19, Acts 2:36-39, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Cor. 12:4-11)
Every one of us comes into the world with a sinful nature inherited from the Fall of Adam and Eve. All of us through our sin have rebelled against God and without Him are lost. (Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 3:23)
God, in his love and mercy, sent Jesus as the ultimate atoning sacrifice for our sins, once and for all. (Ephesians 2:4-9)
Our salvation is a free gift. We can do nothing to earn it. It is only through the gift of Jesus Christ that we can find salvation. Our good works do not earn salvation. (Ephesians 2:4-9)
We accept this free gift through baptism, a baptism of water immersion. Baptism symbolizes the death of the old sinful person and the resurrection of a forgiven person set free to live for God. It is not the water or the ceremony that saves us, but we are saved through the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:36-39, Romans 6:3-4, 1 Peter 3:19-21)
As prophesied by Jesus, the Church was started on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. The church today is an extension of that early church. Jesus is the head of the church, and he calls us “His body”. Each local congregation is called to obey His command to love one another and work together just like the human body. The people of the church are led by elders and ministers. The Holy Spirit gives each person in the church unique spiritual gifts used to encourage one another and create unity.
The church is never the building; it is the group of believers who are following Jesus Christ. (Matthew 16:18-19, Acts 2:14-38, 1 Timothy 3:1-10, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 4:11-12)
Baptism is an important part of what it means to be a follower of Christ. We believe it is an important and necessary step in the salvation process as taught by the apostle Peter in Acts 2:36-39. We baptize by immersion, because this is what the word baptism means and this is the example seen in the Bible.
If you would like to be baptized or would like to know more about baptism, please contact our church office at 660-457-3598.