What we Believe at lakeshore
We believe that there is one unique, living and true God, the Maker and Supreme ruler of heaven and earth. He eternally exists in a loving relationship of Father, Son and Spirit – one God in three persons. God is sovereign in all things; creation, revelation, redemption, judgment and establishing his kingdom. God is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and is worthy of all glory, honour and praise.
We believe that men and women are created in the image of God, enjoying a unique dignity in creation, a dominion over the created order and a unique relationship with God.
Since our first parents, Adam and Eve, fell into sin, human nature has become universally sinful, positively inclined to evil, with sin [both original and actual] impacting every area of our lives; we are all guilty before a holy God, we are all under the wrath and just condemnation of God, we are all unable to turn to God ourselves; we are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ.
About the Bible
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the divinely inspired and infallible Word of God. It is the supreme and final authority for all matters of faith, conduct, experience and opinions. The Scriptures are sufficient both for knowing God and for equipping us with everything we need for life and godliness, and for the building and equipping of the community of believers; the church.
About Jesus Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God; fully God and truly human. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. In taking on human flesh, he entered fully into human experience, endured temptation, lived a sinless life in perfect obedience to his Father, yet suffered at the hands of men, according to all the scriptures had fortold. We believe the Lord Jesus accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross – as a substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. We believe he was buried but on the third day God bodily raised him from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, as intercessor, advocate and He rules over all. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
We believe that salvation is a free gift that comes only by God’s unmerited and undeserved grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is not by human merit or good works. There is only one name under heaven by which we can be brought into relationship with God, the name ‘Jesus Christ’. Through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, our representative and substitute, the guilt, penalty and power of sin is removed. In this death, God demonstrates his own love for us most perfectly and establishes his victory over Satan. The Holy Spirit enables the sinner to be regenerate or born again – that is to repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ – guaranteeing us forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life. The proper evidence of regeneration is voluntary obedience to the gospel, the fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life. As saved sinners, we now enjoy the blessing of union with Christ and assurance of right relationship with God, yet we await the final consummation of our hope with the return of Christ, the resurrection of our bodies and life with him eternally.
About the Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit indwells all true believers and keeps them for the day of redemption. He is co-equal with the Father and the Son, yet his role is to bring glory to Jesus Christ, convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. The Spirit works to illuminate believers’ minds to grasp the truth of Scripture. The Spirit’s ongoing work is to sanctify the believer, transforming us more and more into the image of Christ, especially through the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer. The Spirit produces fruit in the lives of believers, and empowers his people for witness and service. The same Spirit grants gifts to all believers – not for self indulgence or personal satisfaction – but for the privilege and responsibility of the building up of God’s church.
About the Church
We believe the universal church, the body and bride of Christ, is composed of genuine believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and exists to worship, serve and glorify God. All members of the universal church are to be vitally committed members of a local gathering of believers. The visible, local church is a community of men and women gathering around God’s word, seeking to use their gifts to build the church in love and to bear witness to Christ, seeking the extension of His rule over all peoples for His glory and their joy.
About the Future
We believe that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day Jesus Christ will return to the earth, visibly and personally, to establish his kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost – that a solemn separation will take place, the lost will be adjudged to endless punishment and the saved to eternal life with Christ. God will preserve and keep all who truly belong to Christ for that last and great day.