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We Believe

at Lamp Posts Church

 

HOLY BIBLE
The Bible is the Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. It is inspired by the Holy Spirit, infallible in all it teaches, and is inerrant (without error) in the original manuscripts. The Bible is God breathed 2 Tim 3:16-17.


TRINITY
God transcends human reason, and He is infinite. Our human minds cannot totally understand the full reality and trinity of God. We believe in One God. He has eternally existed as three persons; Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, each is equally divine in nature. In Mark 1:9-11 we see the distinctness of the three persons in the ordination of Jesus as accompanied by the voice of God and the Spirit descending like a dove. 
Genesis 1:26Isaiah 9:6)


JESUS CHRIST
Jesus is fully human and fully God. He was a real person who really lived as a human and did not just have the appearance of one. He had a human body and soul; He felt pain, sorrow, disappointment, and thirst. Jesus also acknowledged His deity by implication in John 14:9, Matthew 14:33, 20:28, 28:9. Jesus placed Himself on the same platform as God, forgave sins, and allowed people to worship Him. 

Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is not a force or a thing. He is the third person of the trinity and is fully God. He speaks, loves, grieves, and intercedes for us. The Holy Spirit draws us to Christ, leads us in repentance by convicting the world of sins, and manifests Jesus. 

SALVATION
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort. It focuses on what God has done, and is God initiated.  Regeneration is the Holy Spirit’s work of giving new life to the repented sinner.
 (Ephesians 2:8-9Galatians 2:163:8Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10Acts 16:31Hebrews 9:22)

GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given by God to the church to continue the work of Christ as His body on earth. They have not ceased as the work of Christ has not ceased. Prophecy is still valid but what is spoken in a local congregation is for temporary significance, and specific to that congregation or individual. Universal revelation has ceased while tongues and interpretation continue. We should also test every spirit to see if it comes from God. The gifts of the Holy Spirit should not be desired or obtained at the cost of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus ascended His spirit came down to equip the church. We believe that all the spiritual gifts listed in the New Testament are operative today, but that they must be exercised in a spirit of humility and for the purpose of building up the body of Christ and not for selfish ambitions. (Hebrews 2:4Ephesians 4:16I Timothy 4:14II Timothy 1:6-7I Corinthians 12:1-3114:1-40)

BAPTISM & THE LORD’S SUPPER
Baptism points to a change of identity and union with Christ, through the work of the Holy Spirit Gal 3:27. The believer must be conscious of the decision they are making to pick up their cross and follow Christ daily. We believe the Holy Communion is symbolic of Jesus’ death; the elements do not become Jesus’ body or blood at any moment. When we partake of the Lord’s Supper we are united as believers in the congregation and worldwide.  

MARRIAGE*
arriage is sanctioned by God—joining one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union. God intends for sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage. Any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one's sex, or disagreement with one's biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God. (Matthew 19:4-6)