Lighthouse Baptist Church
What We Believe
What We Believe
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
a. We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament to be the inspired Word of God, inerrant, infallible and that it is the final authority for faith and life. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1: 20-21; John 16: 12-13; Isaiah 40:8; Mark 13: 31; I Peter 1: 23-25).
b. We also believe that God has preserved his Word and we have that word today in the King James Version (AV 1611) of the Holy Bible.
c. We believe the King James Version (AV 1611) to be the only Holy Scriptures to be used for teaching or preaching in this Church.
We believe in the trinity, eternally existing in three Persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6: 4; II Cor. 13: 14; Romans 1: 20; Acts 17: 29; Col. 2: 9).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST
a. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal, sinless Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a “virgin named Mary”, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (John 1: 1-2; Luke 1: 35; Phil. 2: 5-9; Isaiah 6: 2; II Cor. 5: 21; Heb. 4: 15; I Peter 2: 22).
b. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure byHis literal physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 8: 24-25; I Peter 2:24; Eph. 1: 7; I Peter 1: 3-5).
c. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1: 9-10; Heb. 4:14,7: 25, 8:1, 9: 24; Romans 8: 34; I John 2: 1-2).
WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
a. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the spiritual Person in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ, at the moment of Salvation (I Cor. 12: 13; Romans 8: 9) indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16: 8-11; II Cor. 3: 6; I Cor. 12: 12-14; Romans 8: 9; Eph. 1: 13-14).
b. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (John 16: 13; I John 2: 20; John 14: 26).
THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN
We believe that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1: 6-7; Isaiah 14: 12-17; Matt. 4: 2-11, 25: 41; Rev. 20: 10).
THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of god, but as a result of Adam’s sin, man fell and inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1: 26-27; Romans 3: 22-23,5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12).
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 Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Eph. 2: 8-10; John 1: 12; Eph. 1: 7; I Peter 1: 18-19). We also believe that a person must realize they are lost and be drawn by the Father (John 6: 44) before they can be saved. (Romans 3: 10,23; 6: 23; Heb. 9: 27). We further believe that whosoever hears, and believes The Gospel, confesses and repents of their sins, and calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10: 13-14, 17; Rev. 22:17; Acts 10: 34-35; Acts 17: 30; Luke 13: 3).
THE ETERNAL SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS
a. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6: 37-40, 10: 27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Cor. 1: 4-8; I Peter 1: 5; Eph. 4: 30; II Cor. 1: 20-22).
b. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Romans 13: 13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
THE TWO NATURES OF THE BELIEVER
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Romans 6:13, 8:12-13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4: 22-24; Col. 3:10; II Peter 2: 4; I John 3: 5-9; Romans 7: 18-24; II Cor. 5:17).
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner so that Christ is exalted as Savior and Lord of our lives. We believe that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations are commanded of God. (II Tim. 3:1-5; Romans 14: 13; I John 2: 15-17; II John verses 9-11; II Cor. 6:14, 7:1).
THE MINISTRY AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS
a. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and that the inspired writings of the apostles along with the gifts of, evangelists, pastors and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today. (Eph. 4: 7-12).
b. We believe in the spiritual gifts as defined in I Cor. 12: 8-11. We do not believe that the gift of tongues is the necessary and! or common sign of the baptism or the filling of the Holy Spirit; that in the assembly the gift of preaching is the divinely appointed means for
“edification, exhortation and comfort”. (Col. 1: 9-14; I Cor. 14: 1-3, 39-40; 12: 8-11).
c. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15: 7; I John 5: 14-15; James 5:14-16).
d. We believe that the elders of the church consist solely of the ordained men of the church. (James 5:14; Acts 20: 17, 28; Acts 14: 23; Titus 1:
5; I Peter 5:1-3).
We believe that Christ commissioned the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. (Mark 16: 15; Acts 1: 8; II Cor. 5:19-20; Matt. 28: 19-20).
a. The True Church. We believe that the true church is the spiritual organism made up of all born-again believers of this present age and is the body and espoused bride of Christ (Eph. 1: 22-23,5: 25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 11: 2; Acts 2), and that the true church began on the day of Pentecost and could not have existed until Christ died, for she must be redeemed by His blood, and it could only be formed by the present ministry of the Holy Spirit in baptizing all members into one body.
b. Local church. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14: 27, 20:17, and 28-37; I Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1: 5-11; Acts 2: 42).
We believe that there are two ordinances for the local church, Water Baptism by Immersion and the Lord’s Supper. We believe these ordinances to be a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that these ordinances should only be observed in a local church assembly. (Matt. 28: 19-20; I Cor. 11: 23-29).
THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST
We believe in that “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church, and in his subsequent return to earth, with His saints, after the Seven Year Tribulation to establish His millennial Kingdom. (I Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14: 4-11; Rev. 19: 11-16. 20: 1-6; I Thess. 1:10).
THE ETERNAL STATE
a. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men- the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Mau. 25: 46; John 5: 28-29, 11: 25-26; Rev. 20: 5-6, 12-13).
b. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord and judged at the judgment seat of Christ. (Luke 23: 43; Rev. 20: 406; II Cor. 5-8; Phil. 1: 23, 3: 21; I Thess. 4: 16-17).
c. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain in hell after death in conscious misery until the last resurrection, when they shall appear at the Great White throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment. (Luke 16: 19-26; Matt. 25: 41-46; II Thess. 1: 7-9; Mark 9:
43-48; Rev. 20:11-15).