What We Believe – Statement of Faith

The Scriptures – The Holy Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, was penned by men divinely inspired and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man.  It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.  It is the complete, final, supreme, inerrant, infallible, and verbally inspired revelation of the will of God to man. We believe the Authorized King James Version Bible is the preserved Word of God for the English speaking people, and that its divine inspiration was not lost in translation.   It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore, is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.  It is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.  The criteria by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ (II Timothy 3:16, Proverbs 30:5, 6, Hebrew 4:12).

God – We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God the Father – We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, boundless in love, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power.  We believe that He concerns Himself in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, His Son (Matthew 6:9, John 3:16, 17, John 16:28).

God the Son – We believe in Jesus Christ, God the Son, pre-existent with the Father, begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary; sinless in His nature and life, infallible in His teaching, making atonement for the sins of the world by His substitution death on the cross.  We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into Heaven, His perpetual intercession for His people and His glorious second advent according to promise.

We believe that the promise of His second coming includes:  first, “The Blessed Hope” of the believer, namely, the personal pre-millennial and pre-tribulation return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to rapture His Church according to I Thessalonians 4:13-18, second, His return later to earth with His saints to set up His millennial reign (John 14:6, Acts 4:12).

God the Holy Spirit – We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit.  We believe that He came from God to convince and convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify, indwell, and comfort; and bestows the spiritual gifts to believers by which the believer serves God through His Church.  He also seals the believer until the day of redemption.  His presence in the believer is the assurance of eternal salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14, Romans 8:16, John 16:13-14, II Timothy 3:16).

Man – We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and, thereby, incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God.  That man is notably distinct from all other forms of life, and having an everlasting soul; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms of life; that the entire Genesis account of creation is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly and specially, and God’s established law is that they should bring forth only “after their kind.”  We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought and deed by choice.  The sacredness of human responsibility is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every man possesses dignity and is worth of respect and Christian love (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 3:6-24, Romans 5:12, 19).

The Devil, or Satan – We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world.  We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power behind the present apostasy; the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness; destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God’s own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.  (Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:14-17, Revelation 12:7-9, Jude 6, II Peter 2:4, Ephesians 2:2, John 14:30, Matthew 4:1-3, Revelation 19:11, 16, 20; Revelation 20:1-3, 10).

Salvation – Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.  In its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration (new birth), sanctification and glorification (Hebrews 9:14, 22).

Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus.  It is the quickening of the spirit wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.  Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God.  Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and the commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.  Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God (Luke 13:3, 5; Romans 4:5, Romans 3:24-25).

Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and grows in grace and usefulness to God and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in Him.  Situations designed by God for each individual Believer, as it fits in with God’s plan of sanctification for that believer, brings about growth (Romans 8:28, Psalms 138:8, Philippians 2:13, James 1:2-4, II Timothy 2:21, I Thessalonians 5:23).  Even though he will never reach perfection in this life, growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life (Philippians 3:12-14).

Those whom God has accepted in Christ and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.  Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Holy Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the cause of Christ, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (I Peter 1:2, Jude 1, 24; II Timothy 1:8-9, John 6:37).

Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed (Romans 8:22, 23).

Church – The New Testament Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, committed to His teachings, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth.  This Church is an autonomous body, operating through democratic processes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Its scriptural officers are Pastors and Deacons.  The Church, which is Christ’s body, includes the redeemed, blood-washed ones, united together and to Christ by the baptism of the Holy Spirit’s work and will be called out when Christ comes again for His own (I Timothy 3:15, Hebrews 12:23, I Corinthians 15:52, I Corinthians 12:12-13).

Ordinances – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the ordinances of the Church.  Christian 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 of the dead.  It has no saving power, only as an answer of a good conscience toward God (I Peter 3:21).  Baptism comes after profession of faith in Christ as the Son of God (Acts 8:36-37).  The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the Church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine (unfermented), memorialize the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming (I Corinthians 11:14-28).

The Lord’s Day – The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day.  It is a Christian institution for regular observance.  It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, and resting from secular employments, work of necessity and mercy only being the exception (Hebrews 10:25, Acts 20:7, Mark 16:9).

Last Things – We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead, the saved to eternal life and blessedness in Heaven and the unsaved to eternal, conscious suffering and woe in Hell (John 5:29).  The dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord (I Thessalonians 4:16-18).  Then come the judgments of God upon this sinful world in the tribulation period; afterward, Jesus our Lord will come with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom.  The redeemed of Christ in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their rewards and will dwell in Heaven forever with their Savior.  The unsaved will be separated from the kingdom of God and will be consigned forever to a place of everlasting perdition (I Corinthians 15:51-52).

Evangelism and Missions – It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every Church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations.  It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all other methods in harmony with the Gospel of Christ.  The Lighthouse Baptist Church believes that our responsibility to carry out the Great Commission through personal evangelism and through home and foreign mission projects is among our greatest responsibilities as a Church during this day (John 4:35, Matthew 28:18-20, II Corinthians 5:20).

Stewardship – God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual, all that we have and are, we owe to Him.  Christians have a spiritual debtor ship to the whole word, a holy trusteeship in the Gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions.  Believers are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God in helping others.  According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, proportionately, sacrificially, and by faith (Matthew 23:23, Hebrew 7:4-8, I Corinthians 16:2, II Corinthians 9:7, Acts 20:35).