The following are the core beliefs of Life in Christ Church based on the foundational truths taught in the Bible. The Bible is the authoritative Word of God and it alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths.
There is one eternally existing God who has three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal. God is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise. He is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom, justice, and mercy. He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind, and thus atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory.
Humans, both male and female, were created in God's image for His glory. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and appointed as caretakers of the rest of God's creations.
When Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God. This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God, and fractured all of creation ever since that time.
Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead on the third day, and by grace offers us eternal life. Salvation is a free gift and cannot be received by works. By turning away from all our sins and committing to follow Christ, we repent, and sins are forgiven.
Baptism was a commandment of God upon salvation. It is an outward sign of your new life. It's the representation of the death, burial, and resurrection in your life.
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts for the building up and sanctifying the Church, demonstrating the validity of the resurrection, and confirming the power of the Gospel. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Word of God and should never violate Biblical parameters.
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is returning one day to establish His Kingdom. Both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; those that are saved to the resurrection of life and those that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation. This will occur at a date undisclosed by Scripture.