STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs; we believe the Bible itself speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of humankind and is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purposes of LifeSpring Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our eldership team is LifeSpring’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
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We believe in the plenary-verbal inspiration of the accepted Protestant canon of the Scriptures as originally given and that they are infallibly and uniquely authoritative and free from error of any sort in all matters with which they deal. (II Timothy 3:16; I Corinthians 2:13).
We believe in the Eternal Godhead who has revealed Himself as ONE God existing in THREE persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; distinguishable but indivisible (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).
THE WORK OF CHRIST
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of humanity, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary, fully God and fully man (Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:18; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6).
We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day, and personally appeared to His disciples (Acts 1:20; I Corinthians 15:1-8; Romans 4:25).
We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, His exaltation and personal, literal and bodily coming again for the second time for His Church (John 14:2-3; Acts 1:11; Hebrews 9:28; I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
CREATION, HUMANITY, AND THE PLIGHT OF HUMANKIND
We believe in the literal, special creation of the existing space-time universe and all of its basic systems as indicated in Genesis. (Genesis 1; Nehemiah 9:6; Isaiah 42:5; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17).
We believe in the creation, test and fall of humanity as recorded in Genesis; our total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to divine righteousness (Romans 5:12, 18).
We believe that sin is a transgressing of or falling short of God’s standard in action, thought, and character. All individuals are born with a sin nature that affects their motivation, affection, volition, and actions. The results of sin include separation from God and death. (Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23; 14:23; James 4:17; I John 5:17).
SALVATION & JUDGEMENT
We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:12, 22; Romans 5:11).
We believe in eternal life for believers (John 5:24; 3:16) and eternal punishment for unbelievers (Mark 9:43-48; II Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 20:10-15).
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and eternal judgment of Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10-15).
BAPTISM & THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion for believers only in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that baptism fulfills a command from Christ and is the mark of our new identity in Jesus. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38 39; 19:1-6; Rom 6:1-6; Col 2:10-12).
We believe in the Table of the Lord, commonly called Communion or the Lord’s Supper, and that it is reserved for believers only (I Corinthians 11:23-32).
LIVING A SPIRT-FILLED LIFE
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a distinct aspect of the Christian experience with the primary evidence of speaking in tongues as well as other evidences such as empowerment to witness, to conquer sin and to live a holy life (Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-17; 19:6).
We believe in the Spirit-filled life, a life of separation from the world and the perfecting of holiness in the fear of God as an expression of Christian faith (Ephesians 5:18; II Corinthians 6:14; 7:1).
We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit as manifested in the Early Church and enumerated in I Corinthians 12-14 (Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:8-12).
We believe in the healing of the body by Divine Power, or Divine healing in its varied aspects as practiced in the Early Church (Acts 4:30; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14).
The church of Jesus Christ is the last instrument that God is using to extend His kingdom prior to the second coming of Christ (Ephesians 3:10; Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:20-23).
We believe in the public gathering of the church together for prayer, worship, teaching and preaching of the Bible and the administering of the sacraments of the church (Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 11; Hebrews 10:25).
The local church is intended to be completely autonomous, that is, it is self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating in its mature state.
CHURCH GOVERNMENT & AUTHORITY
We believe that the biblical form of church government is to contain within it a plurality of elders with the Lead Pastor serving as the chief among elders who all qualify on the basis of I Timothy 3 in spiritual life, character, domestic life and ruling ability.
We believe that every believer in Christ must be subject to God’s authority in a specific local church for spiritual protection and long-term fruitfulness (Hebrews 13:17).
MARRIAGE, SEXUALITY, AND GENDER
We believe that the Bible defines marriage as the covenant relationship between a man and a woman. The importance of this union to the Bible and the benefit we believe it brings to society requires that we support and protect marriage as the Bible does. We also believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only within the confines of this definition of marriage (I Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4) and that no sexual activity is to be engaged in outside of marriage.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). Thus, we believe that a rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.