OUR CORE BELIEFS

Introduction


 At LifeBridge Christian Church, we believe the Bible is the only adequate guide for the faith and practice of Christians. We call people to learn and believe the Scriptures. We have no other creed. The following statement of belief is not a condition of

membership. It is simply a tool to quickly and conveniently communicate what our Leadership believes the Scriptures teach on key spiritual issues. It is designed to help you become better acquainted with the preaching and teaching emphasis you are likely to encounter at LifeBridge. 


The Scriptures (The Bible) 


The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God. They tell the story of God’s work in history to restore a relationship with His lost children. In that story God’s holy and loving nature is revealed. That story becomes the foundation for our faith and the standard for our lives

Psalm 119:9-16; II Timothy 3:16 &17 


The Nature of God


God is the creator and sustainer of everything that exists. He is one God manifesting Himself in three persons—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These have the same nature, are co-equal and co-existent.

Genesis 1 & 2; John 14:15-21; Colossians 1:15-20 


The Nature of Humanity


We were created by God to be unique among all creation because we alone were created in His image. That has powerful implications for our lives. We have been given free will. Our lives are not determined by fate. Like God we can choose our actions. We can enjoy the benefits or suffer the consequences of those choices. We have been called Gods’ children. We have each used our free will to choose things contrary to God’s will. That is called sin. Sin has separated us from God and has defaced His image in our lives. As a result, we are like children, alienated and lost. God does not love us less because of our sin, but it stands as a barrier between us. It is a barrier we cannot overcome on our own. 


The Nature of Jesus


Jesus came to help us be reunited with the Father. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He is truly God and truly Man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. He was sinless, yet He gave His life for the sins of the world by dying on the cross. He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, and is our great High Priest and Advocate. He alone can restore the relationship of humankind to God. He is both Lord and Savior. 

Isaiah 53; Matthew 1:18-25; I Corinthians 15:1-8; Hebrews 1:1-4; Phil. 2:5-11 Col. 2:9; John 3:16; Acts 4:10-12. 


The Nature of Holy Spirit


The Holy Spirit is fully God, the Third Person of the Trinity. He is the Spirit of God and Christ, filling, comforting, and guiding those who love and are obedient to Jesus Christ. 

John 14:15-21; I John 2:1-6


The Nature of Salvation


God sent Jesus Christ to save us from sin and restore our relationship with Himself. Jesus was sacrificed on the cross, died, and was resurrected, paying the penalty for the sins of all who will trust in Him. Salvation comes only by placing confidence in Jesus Christ. He offers forgiveness for our sin, the power to live a new life free from sin, and the hope of eternal life with him in heaven. Man can do nothing to earn his salvation. It is grace—a free gift of God through faith.

Romans 3:10-24; Ephesians 2:1-10


The Nature of Faith


Faith is confidence. Confidence in God requires a response to his promises of life and hope, which were revealed in His written word and demonstrated in His son, Jesus. Without confidence in Jesus Christ it is impossible to please God.

James 2:17; Hebrews 11:6


The Nature of Repentance


Repentance simply means to change one’s mind. While it includes elements of pursuing moral and ethical purity, it is far more than that. It involves a change in where we place our confidence, who and what we value and how we see ourselves. In modern speech it might be described as a shift in one’s mental, spiritual, social, and emotional paradigms. It is a crucial element in a restored relationship with God.  

Luke 13:1-5   Acts 2:38: 3:19


The Nature of Confession


Confession involves two separate and distinct steps; one before God and the other before people. 

  • First, we confess to God that we have sinned by walking our own way. God knows this already, but it is critical that we freely admit our guilt.  He stands ready to forgive any sin. 1 John 1:9  
  • Second, we acknowledge before our peers that we have chosen to place our confidence in Jesus and submit to his leadership in our lives. Our faith cannot be kept a secret.  Matthew 10:32-33 


The Nature of Baptism


Significant portions of the New Testament were dedicated to teaching the mode, purpose, and spiritual implications of baptism. Baptism is given by Jesus as a divine command and every person who became a Christian in the New Testament was baptized. Believers are immersed as an act of obedience, trusting that God will be at work in this act. Baptism is not an act performed to win God’s approval or earn salvation. Rather it is an act God performs on those who fully acknowledge his Lordship, as demonstrated when they submit their bodies for burial. The works of God associated with baptism in the Bible include forgiveness of sin, the gift of the Holy Spirit, the removal of the sinful nature, membership in his church, being clothed with Christ, and being given the chance to begin a new life. 

Matt. 28:18-20; Colossians 2:11-12; Romans 6:3,4; I Peter 3:21; Acts 2:38;  

I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27


The Nature of the Lord’s Supper

It appears that the New Testament Church observed the Lord's Supper as a regular part of their time together in both formal and informal settings. It required no ordained clergy, only a community of believers. The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is celebrated weekly at LifeBridge. Physically, it consists of unleavened bread and unfermented grape juice representing the body and blood of Jesus. The Lord Jesus Himself offered the invitation to His table. We therefore exclude no one, but welcome the participation of all believers. The purpose of the Lord's Supper is four-fold:

                                                  -to remind the church of the New Covenant,

                                                  -to unify the body,

                                                  -to proclaim Christ's death until He returns,

                                                  -and to promote honest self-examination.

Acts 2:46; I Corinthians 11:23-34


The Nature of the Church


The Church consists of all people who believe and obey Jesus Christ. It is the Body of Christ, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy people and a family. It is made up of people who are being re-made. The purpose of the church is to glorify Jesus Christ through worship, Bible teaching, service, discipleship and sharing Christ with others.  The Church is not a building or a property.  Those are only tools to help accomplish the church's mission.

1 Corinthians 6:15-20; Ephesians 5:18-21; I Peter 2:1-6


The Nature and Purpose of Spiritual Gifts


Special gifts are given by God to every believer for the good of the Church. It is the responsibility of the believer and the Church to discover, develop, and deploy these gifts to build up the Church and perform the work of the ministry. The idea that some gifts indicate a deeper level of spirituality or that all believers should attempt to be gifted with a certain few gifts is biblically unfounded.

Ephesians 4:11-13; I Timothy 4:14-16; I Corinthians 12:4-30



Second Coming of Jesus Christ


The return of Jesus Christ is a sure promise. It's fulfillment is to be eagerly anticipated. It gives Christians the courage to… pray without ceasing, serve faithfully, resist temptation, stand for the truth and expose falsehood and strive for justice and peace. Godly men and women hold differing views concerning the return of Jesus Christ. These are matters of scriptural interpretation and often individual speculation. They should not be used as a test of faith or fellowship. 

Thessalonians 3:11-13; 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:20-28