Statement of Faith
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, giving a true history of the creation of heaven, earth, and humanity and containing a correct prophecy of the ages to come regarding heaven, earth, and the destiny of humanity. Moreover, there is no salvation outside of what is taught in its pages.
There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is the creator of heaven and earth, and of all living beings. He has revealed Himself to humanity as the Father (Creator), in the son (Savior), and as the Holy Ghost (indwelling Spirit).
God is a Spirit (John 4:24). He is the Eternal One, the Creator of all things, and the Father of all humanity by creation. He is the First and the Last, and beside Him there is no God (Isaiah 44:6). There was no God formed before Him; neither shall be there any after Him (Isaiah 43:10).
Jesus Christ is true God and true man. Jesus is the Son of God according to the flesh (Romans 1:3) and the very God Himself according to the Spirit (Matthew 1:23). Jesus is the Christ (Matthew 16:16); the creator of all things (Colossians 1:16-17); God with us (Matthew 1:23) God made flesh (St. John 1:1-14); God manifested in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16);He which was, which is, and which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8);the mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus Himself testified of His identity as God when He said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:7-11) and "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30). (Heb. 10:5, Luke 2:11)
The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of the Resurrected Christ. The Holy Ghost comes to dwell in the hearts and lives of everyone who believes and obeys the gospel, as the comforter, Sustainer, and keeper (John 14:16-26; Romans 8:9-11)
Sin is the transgression of the law, or commandments of God (I John 3:4). The guilt of sin has fallen upon all humanity from Adam until now (Romans 3:23). The wages of sin is eternal death (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:14) to all those who refuse to accept salvation as set forth in the Word of God.
The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Ghost and thus become children of God Salvation consists of deliverance from all sin and unrighteousness through the blood of Jesus Christ. The New Testament experience of salvation consists of repentance from sin, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, after which the Christian is to live a godly life (Acts 2:36-41, Matt.10:22) All born sinners (Gen 5:2, Rom 5:12, Rom 3:23, Rom 3:10, Ps 51:5, Ps 58:3), Penalty of sin (Rom 3:23, Rev 20-12-15) All men need a Savior (Heb 9:22, John 3:16-18) We believe in justification by faith. We believe that salvation is free and apart from any work of man is a result of the sovereign grace of God ( Eph 2:8-9, Gal 5:5, Rom 5:1, Titus 2:11-12 Titus 3:5-7)
Water baptism is an essential part of New Testament salvation and not merely a symbolic ritual. It is part of entering into the kingdom of God (God's church, the bride of Christ), and therefore, it is not merely a part of local church membership. (See John 3:5; Galatians 3:27). Those who confess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are commanded to be baptized in water in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:38, 8:12, 9:18,19:5, Matt 28-19-20)
Leadership: Shall be baptized scripturally in the name of Jesus
Baptism of the Holy Ghost
The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the birth of the Spirit (John 3:5) This spiritual baptism is necessary to put someone into the kingdom of God (God's church, the bride of Christ) and is evidenced by speaking in other tongues (other languages) as the Spirit of God give utterance. Being baptized in the Holy Ghost is that he will experience speaking in a tongue not studied or learned. It was prophesied by Joel (Joel 2:28-29) and Isaiah (Isaiah 28:11), foretold by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11), purchased by the blood of Jesus, and promised by Him to His disciples (John 14:26; 15:16). The Holy Ghost was first poured out on the Day of Pentecost upon the Jews (Acts 2:1-4), then upon the Samaritans (Acts 8:17), and later upon the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-46; 19:6). The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is promised to all believers, "The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:39). The Holy Ghost is given to the believer for the purpose of his praying and praising God more perfectly (Rom 8:26, Jude 1:20, Acts 2:4). After the initial infilling of the Holy Ghost we believe Christians should be filled daily to continue and strengthen their walk with God (2 Cor 4:16, Eph 4:23, Titus 3:5, Eph 5:18-21). We recognize those who are believers and give honor to their relationship with God the scripture states in John 7:37-38 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” which encourages and draws the believer into further and deeper understanding and relationship with Him. (Acts 19:1-6)
Process of Growth
10 And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect ]knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it. Col 3:10 AMP We acknowledge that every believer is in process of growth through out their walk with God. We understand and allow for growth per individual and set no timetable for that growth. We believe growth will be evident by fruits being manifested in their life. (Heb 6:1, 2 Cor 5:17, Titus 3:5, Prov 3:5-7,Ps 37:27, Ps 119:133, Mat 5:6, Mat 7:16, Eph 5:9, Phil 1:1
We believe that Godly living and the pursuit of a holy life should be the goal of every believer. (Heb 4:12)
After we are saved from sin, we are commanded, "Go, and sin no more" (John 8:11).
We are commanded to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world (Titus 2:12) We must present ourselves as holy unto God (Romans 12:1), cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (II Corinthians 7:1), and separate ourselves from all worldliness (James 4:4).If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (I Peter 4:18). No one can live a holy life by his own power, but only through the Holy Spirit. "Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you" (Acts 1:8). We believe that an important element to holiness is guarding our conversation and manner which we treat others. (1 Peter 1:15-16)
We believe Holiness of the heart is an necessity. ( Psalms 51:6, Ps 66:18, Ps. 44:21, Prov 20:27, Jer 31:33
Jer 17:10, I Chron 28:9, Romans 7:21)
We believe Holiness of our speech is a necessity ( Mt 15:16-18, Prov 4:23, Pro 15:4, Pro 18:28, I Pet 3:10)
We believe Holiness of our thoughts is a necessity ( Ps 94:11, Ps 119:113, Ps 139:23, 2 Cor. 10:4-5, Pro 16:3
We believe dying out to our flesh is a necessity to Holiness: (Rom 8:13, Col 3:5, Rom 8:6, Gal 2:20, Gal 5:24
Roam 8: 12-13, Rom 6:19, Matthew 16:24)
We believe that living with integrity in our homes is a necessity of Holiness ( Ps 101:2, Job 2:3, Job 31:6,
Pro 20:7, Mal 2:14-15, Eph 5:28-33, Prov 18:22)
We believe that inward holiness will be expressed without fail in an outward holiness for the glory of the Lord.
(I Pet 1:15-16, I Thes 4:4-7, 2 Cor 6:15-18)
God has made Himself known through the ages by miraculous healings and has made special provisions in the age of grace to heal all who will come to Him in faith and obedience. Divine healing was purchased for us by the blood of Jesus Christ, especially by His stripes (Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; I Peter 2:24).
Jesus went everywhere healing those who were sick (Matthew 4:23-24), and He commanded His disciples to do the same (Matthew 10:8). He said concerning those who believe the gospel, "They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:18). Mighty healings and miracles followed the disciples wherever the gospel was preached.
There is no sickness or disease too hard for God. Any of us, our children, or our friends can be healed by the power of God. "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him , anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord shall raise him up: and if he have committed sins they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed" (James 5:14-16).
We believe in worshipping the Lord in spirit, song, dance, weeping, bowing, and with raising of our hands. We believe that we are to praise and worship Him with our whole being. (Psalms 150:1-6, St. John 4:24)
We believe tithing is God's financial plan to provide for His work, and has been since the days of Abraham. Tithing came with faith under Abraham, Moses' law enjoined it, and Israel practiced it when she was right with God; Jesus indorsed it (Matt. 23:23); and Paul said to lay by in store as God has prospered you. Do not rob God of His portion, viz., tithes and offerings.
24 And when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you. Do this to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance. 25 Similarly when supper was ended, He took the cup also, saying, This cup is the new covenant [ratified and established] in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink [it], to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance. 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are representing and signifying and proclaiming the fact of the Lord's death until He comes [again]. 1 Cor 11: 24-26 AMP We believe in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper. It is a memorial service setting forth in sacred and symbolic manner the death of the Lord Jesus Christ
Second Coming of Christ
We believe in a literal returning. Jesus Christ is coming back to earth in bodily form, just as He went away (Acts 1:11). He will catch away a holy people (His bride, His church) who have accepted redemption through His blood, by birth of water and of the Spirit, and who are found faithful when He comes.
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain 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 4:16-17).
(Luke 17:36, 2 Timothy 3:1-13, Dan. 12:4, Amos 4:12,. Luke 21:24,Matt 24:6; Luke 21:25-28).
There will be a resurrection of all the dead, both just and unjust.
"Marvel not this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5:28-29). "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God . . . and the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them" (Revelation 20:12-13)> (See also Daniel 12:2; I Corinthians 15:13-23.)
We believe there is a Heaven and there is a Hell. "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). For this reason there will be a resurrection for everyone. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad" (II Corinthians 5:10).
The eternal destiny of every soul shall be determined by a just God who knows the secrets of everyone's heart. (Matthew 25:32-34, 41, 46).
1. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1, 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
2. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24: Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)
Statement of Faith is the foundation for our leadership covenant. These elementary principles must
be active in persons of leadership at LWM