WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that the original manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments comprise the full, word-for-word, truthful, inspired, inerrant Word of God which is the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice.
(Isaiah 40:8; 2 Timothy 16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe in one God eternally existing in three equal persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who have the same nature and attributes but who are distinct in office and activity.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 48:16; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8)
We believe that as the eternal Father, He is the Creator of all people, the Father of the nation Israel, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the spiritual Father of all who believe in Christ. He is the sovereign ruler, the One who sent the Son, and the disciplinarian of His children.
(Exodus 4:22; Psalm 2:7-9; John 5:37; Acts 17:29; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:3-6; Hebrews 12:9; 1 Peter. 1:3)
The PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption and salvation are guaranteed by His literal physical resurrection from the dead.
(John 1:1, 14, 18; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-26; 4:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God, where as High Priest He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy for his people. He is also the Head of the Body (His Church) for which He will personally and imminently return (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 1:3; 7:23-25; 1 John. 2:1-2).
The HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the eternal Holy Spirit restrains sin, and convicts of sin, righteousness and judgement. He glorifies Christ. At the moment of salvation He permanently regenerates, indwells, baptizes and seals the believer. Experientially, He fills, gives gifts diversely to, teaches, leads, assures and prays for believers.
(John 14:26; 16:6-15; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4; 11:1-18; Romans 8:14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:7-11, 13; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10; Titus 3:5).
We believe that the first man, Adam, was created of dust, innocent and in the image and likeness of God, but that he sinned by acting independently of God, thereby disobeying Him, bringing both physical and spiritual death upon himself and his posterity. We believe that every person has inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God, and is in need of salvation.
(Genesis 1:27; 2:17; 3:17-19; John 8:44; Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3).
We believe that all who receive Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit. This believing in Christ imputes Christ’s righteousness to the believer. Without personal merit, man is saved on the basis of Christ’s death and shed blood.
(John 1:12; 2:3, 16; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7)
We believe that anyone who has received Jesus Christ and thereby has been born again is eternally secure, has everlasting life, will not come into condemnation, has passed out of death into life, and shall never perish. We believe that there is a bodily resurrection of the believers (to everlasting blessedness) and of the unbelievers (to everlasting punishment).
(Daniel 12:1-2; Matthew 25:31-46; John 3:16, 36; 5:24; 10:28-29; 11:25-26; Romans 8:28-39; Revelation 20:12-15).
LifePoint Church practices believer’s baptism. Believing adults and children who understand the meaning of baptism are encouraged to take this step in obedience to Christ. While water baptism does not save you, it provides an opportunity to publicly identify with Jesus. Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward reality and is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe that the biblical pattern reminds us that baptism follows belief in Christ for salvation. Therefore, we do not baptize infants but provide regular opportunities for parents to dedicate to the Lord their children who are ages 24 months and younger.