October 26, 2013

Statement of Faith

The Scriptures

The sole basis for our belief is the Holy Bible. It was written by persons divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. It is the supreme standard by which all-human conduct and matters of religious opinion should be tried. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:20,21 2 Timothy 3:16,17 Psalm 119:105 Proverbs 30:5-6
1 Thessalonians 2:13 Isaiah 8:20 John 17:17 Hebrews 4:12

 

God

There is one living, true, and holy God. He is an intelligent, spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the Universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. He reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.

God the Father – God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe. He is all-powerful, all loving and all wise. He is fatherly in all His attributes towards all persons.

Genesis 1:1 John 14:9 Revelation 4:11 1 Corinthians 15:28
John 3:16 1 Timothy 1:17 Exodus 34:6-7

God the Son – Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, he was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind but without sin. In His death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of mankind. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is One Mediator reconciling God to man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all Christians as the living and ever present Lord.

John 1:1-3 Colossians 1:15-19 John 10:30 John 14:9
Romans 6:23 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 John 5:22 Luke 1:35
Philippians 2:5-11 Hebrews 2:9-18 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 John 14:1-3

God the Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He enables persons to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. He calls persons to the Savior, and affects the New Birth. He bestows the spiritual gifts by which persons serve God through His church, cultivates Christian character, and comforts believers. His presence in the Christian is the assurance of God to bring the believer into the fullness and the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism and service.

Genesis 1:1-2 Luke 1:35 Luke 4:18 Acts 10:38
2 Peter 1:21 2 Corinthians 3:18 Ephesians 4:11-12 Acts 1:8
John 14:16-18; 26 John 15:26-27 John 16:7-13

 

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the Christian. Originally created to have fellowship with God, man defied God, choosing to go his independent way, and was thus alienated from God, and he suffered the corruption of his nature, rendering him unable to please God. The fall took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and thus in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of mankind is then, wholly a work of God’s free grace, not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith. In its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration, sanctification and glorification.

Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart brought about by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to grow spiritually through the presence and power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed abiding state of the redeemed.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 John 3:16 Galatians 1:4 Galatians 4:4-7
Titus 3:3-7 John 16:8 Galatians 3:13-14 1 Peter 2:21-22
Romans 10:17 Luke 17:5 Mark 9:23-24 Ephesians 2:5-10
Romans 3:21-26 Colossians 1:13-14 Romans 8:14-17 1 Peter 1:23
Romans 12:2 Hebrews 8:7-12 Ezekiel 36:25-27 Galatians 3:26
John 3:3-8 Romans 5:6-10 2 Peter 1:3-4 Romans 8:1-4

 

The Church

Life Park Christian Fellowship is a New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are a local body whose members are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the commandments of Christ, committed to His teachings, exercising their spiritual gifts, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. This church is an autonomous body, operating with a plurality of elders under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

The corollary of union with Jesus Christ is that all Christians become members of His body the church. There is one true church universal, comprised of all the redeemed of all the ages. Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to his commands, there is the local expression of the church.

Acts 7:38 Ephesians 4:11-15 Ephesians 3:8-11 Matthew 28:19-20
Matthew 16:13-20 Matthew 18:18 Ephesians 2:19-22 Ephesians 1:22-23
Colossians 1:17-18

 

Baptisms and Communion

Believers’ baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. Baptism is for the purpose of obeying Christ and not for joining an institution or denomination. It is a command of God, and as such, is a prerequisite for church membership.

Matthew 28:19-20 Mark 16:16 Acts 2:38-39 Romans 6:1-4
Galatians 3:27

Communion is taken on a weekly basis and is symbolic of obedience whereby members through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the redeemer, anticipate His second coming and recommit themselves one to another as they recommit themselves to Jesus Christ. All Christians are invited to the Lord’s Table.

Matthew 26:17-30 Luke 22:7-23 Acts 20:7 1 Corinthians 10:14-22
1 Corinthians 11:17-34

 

Corporate Worship

Worship should be inseparable from the affairs of the Christian’s daily life. As Christians under the new covenant, the critical issues of worship are no longer place time or ritual. As one writer has said, “at its heart, worship is a reply of the created to the Creator. It is the response of the beloved to the Lover. It is the reaction of the ransomed to the redeemer. Worship is an experience of deliberate focusing on God for the purpose of encounter with Him.” Our worship should be directed to this end while at the same striving to be relevant to the unsaved and unchurched community. All that is done in our assemblies should be done for the sole purpose of bringing praise and glory to God and our redeemer. Life Park Christian Fellowship seeks to provide an atmosphere appropriate to joyful praise and worship in its worship services.

Acts 13:1-3 Ephesians 5:18-21 Colossians 3:15-17

 

Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual, all that we have and are, we owe to Him. Because of God’s grace freely bestowed in our lives, we are responsible to serve Him with our time, talents, spiritual gifts, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to us for the glory of God and for helping and loving others. We should contribute of our means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the redeemer’s cause on earth.

Malachi 3:6-12 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 2 Corinthians 9