Our Faith Statement


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Our Faith Statement.

In Essential Beliefs – We Have Unity:  Today we live in a culture that elevates opinion over truth.  Essentials and absolutes are minimized at best or ridiculed at worst.  Culture today is filled with competing theories about God and salvation and rejecting the notion that all paths lead to God is said to be intolerant.  Yet, in the midst of a world filled with contradictory claims, Jesus made a bold assertion in John 14:6 (NKJ): I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.  There are certain timeless truths that we hold to, as they are essential to the Truth that Jesus is and proclaimed.  Without these essentials, Christianity would not be the Christianity as revealed in God’s Word.  Simply stated there are some things that are not negotiable and must be proclaimed but always in a spirit of love and humility.  We make it our aim to attain to this type of proclamation.   Hebrews 13:8: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

In Non-Essentials – We Have Liberty:  In many ways, denominations and churches have misrepresented the heart of God by “majoring in the

minors.”  Emphasizing non-essential beliefs as if they were essential beliefs has produced attitudes that are not Christ-like; requirements that are not Biblically-based; and the exclusion of many due to not measuring up to these requirements.  We recognize that many beliefs held dear by individuals are at their core “non-essential” if they do not directly affect the eternal destiny of people.  So, we welcome everyone with various non-essential beliefs. Romans 14:1, 12-13: 1Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.  12So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.  13Therefore, let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.

In All Our Beliefs – We Show Love:  We believe it is supremely important to welcome people into an atmosphere of genuine love and acceptance as it is in that type of atmosphere in which they grow best.  Showing people a lot of love and grace is many times the missing ingredient that would make the difference in their lives. God graciously lets us know that we are loved “while we were yet sinners” (Romans 5:8) and we all need to know we are loved even though each of us is imperfect and still in process.  In other words, we don’t have to “get good” in order to be loved.  And finally, it takes time for lasting growth to take place.  At Living Well Church (LWC), Inc. there is no demand for change to be quick as it is God that causes growth. 1 Corinthians 13:2: And though I … understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

So, with these thoughts in mind, the following is our Faith Statement;

About The Bible:  The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments.  We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God and that chosen men wrote it under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Scripture, thus at one and the same time, speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human writers.  We hold that Scripture is infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts and is the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice.  There are no other writings similarly inspired by God.

About God:  We believe that there is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality.  In the beginning God created the world by His Word and all creation continues to be sustained by the Word of His power.  By His providence, He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.  As Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer and Ruler of all things, we owe Him the highest reverence, worship and obedience.

About Jesus Christ:  Jesus Christ is the eternal Second Person of the Trinity, who was united forever with a true human nature by miraculous conception of the Holy Spirit and birth through the Virgin Mary.  He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and  voluntarily redeemed the sins of all by dying on the cross as our substitute.  He thus satisfied divine justice and accomplished salvation for all that trust in Him alone.  He physically rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died.  He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own.  He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.

About Salvation:  The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Him.  Originally created to have fellowship with God, man defied God, choosing to go his independent way.  He was thus alienated from God.  He suffered the corruption of his nature and was unable to please God.  The fall took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are thus in need of the saving grace of God.  The salvation of humanity is, then, wholly a work of God’s free grace through the shed blood of Jesus.  It is not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith.

God’s saving work is not limited to the heart. Salvation is an all-inclusive term that includes soundness of the mind and healing for the body.  We believe both of these benefits are included in the finished work of Christ on the cross as indicated in Isaiah 53:4-5, where it reads, Surely He hath borne our griefs (literally, sicknesses) and carried our sorrows (literally, pains), the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.  While we rejoice with the good work of doctors and other health care professionals, the benefits we reference in this statement are as a result of God’s work in Christ and can be received by faith in what has been provided us directly from our heavenly Father.  There are many biblical ways to receive healing, including prayer and the laying on of hands.

 

About The Holy Spirit:  The Holy Spirit is the eternal Third Person of the Trinity. He was sent into the world by the Father and the Son, to apply to humanity the saving work of Christ.  The Holy Spirit indwells people.  The essential accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life of holiness and obedience, attained by people as they submit to the indwelling Holy Spirit. He enlightens the minds of unbelievers, awakens in them recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them.  At the point of salvation, He permanently indwells each one who believes to become the source of assurance, strength and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the building up of the body.  1 Corinthians 12:13 (NKJ): For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.  The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scripture.

The Holy Spirit fills believersAdditionally, He enhances the ability of Spirit-filled believers to worship God and to work with Him by furthering His purposes in      prayer through the resource of spiritual language as well as operate in the nine gifts of the Spirit as listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NKJ): But the          manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.  This infilling of the Holy Spirit is subsequent to salvation by faith.  He enables every believer – whether Spirit-indwelt or Spirit-filled – to lead a life of Christ-like character that is a witness of His power.

About The Church:  The Church is composed of all who have experienced the new birth through faith in Christ and are born into the family of God.  They become members of what Scripture describes as “His body” (1 Corinthians 12:12).  This is known generally as the universal Church, composed of all those who have ever acknowledged Jesus Christ as the only Savior for humanity.  The universal Church is composed of all believers whether they are in heaven or on earth.

Believers on earth gather together in local Churches, since the New Testament encourages corporate fellowship, worship, prayer, teaching and evangelism.  The local Church is therefore indispensable for God’s plan for His people and the world.  Under the care of pastors and other leadership, members of the local Church are to work together to fulfill the great commission.

There are two ordinances given to the Church for believers: water baptism and communion.  Baptism in water by immersion symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new life believers have in Him.  The regular observance of communion is a celebration of Christ’s finished work on the cross and anticipates His second coming.

About Human Destiny:  Death seals the eternal destiny of each person as people were created to exist forever.  For all humanity, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual.  Unbelievers will exist eternally in a state separated from God in a place known as the lake of fire, because their names will not be found in the book of life.  Their detention there is eternal retribution for their rejection of God’s gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ.  Believers will exist eternally in fellowship with God in a place known as heaven, because their names will be found in the book of life.  Their reception there is eternal reward for their acceptance of God’s gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ.

 

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Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."




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