Our Beliefs
Lighthouse Baptist Church
DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

A.    SCRIPTURES
We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, to be the verbal, plenary, inspired Word of God; inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the only supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Tim. 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:21).

B.    TRINITY
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:1; Mt. 28:19; John 10:30; Acts 5:3,4).

C.    CHRIST
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, was born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man (Isaiah 7:14; Mt. 1:18-25; Col. 2:9).

D.    MAN
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are now sinners by birth and by choice, positively inclined to evil, and are therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse (Gen. 2:17; Ps. 51:5; 58:3; Rom. 1:20, 5:12-21; 1 Cor. 2:14).

E. ATONEMENT
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood (Rom. 5:9; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 1:18,19, 2:14).

F.     RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord, His bodily ascension into Heaven and His bodily presence there for us as High Priest and Advocate (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor. 15:1-4, 20-25; Heb. 7:25).

G.    RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe in the “blessed hope” - the personal, bodily pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Mt. 24:44; John 14:1-3;
2 Thess. 2).

H.    SALVATION
We believe that salvation is offered to all, and that all who truly repent of their sins and believe on and receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and are thereby children of God and are eternally saved (John 3:3; Gal. 3:24-26; 1 John 5:13; 2 Peter 3:9).

I.     SATAN
We believe that Satan is literal and personal, the agent of the fall, the prince and power of this world, and that he shall be judged and eternally punished (Eph. 2:1-4; Rev. 20:2-10).

J.    ETERNAL STATE
We believe in 1) the bodily resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust, 2) the eternal, conscious punishment of the lost in a literal lake of fire, and 3) the eternal joy of the saved in the presence of the Lord (1 Thess. 4:16-18; Rev. 20).

K.    BAPTISM
We believe in 1) that immersion is the only mode of baptism taught and commanded in the Scriptures, 2) that it has no saving power, 3) and that the new birth, which comes through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, is the scriptural prerequisite to baptism.  Therefore, only those who are old enough to believe for themselves should be baptized (Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:1-5).

L.    LORD’S TABLE
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of the death of Christ, and that only those who have been saved through faith in His atoning blood and are walking in obedient fellowship with Him ought to partake of it.  We do not believe in closed communion (1 Cor. 11:23-32).

M.    OFFICERS
We believe that the Bible teaches that the following offices of the church should be held by men only (1 Tim. 2:12; Acts 15).  1) Pastor  2) Assistant Pastor  3) Deacons

N.    CHURCH
We believe that a New Testament church is a body of baptized believers, assembled for worship, service, and the spread of the Gospel into all the world (Mt. 28:19,20; Acts 1:8).

O.    SEPARATION
We believe that all the saved are called into a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices (Rom. 12:1,2; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17).

P.    ABORTION
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being.  Abortion constitutes the unjustified, un-excused taking of unborn human life.  Abortion is murder.  We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well being of the mother are acceptable (Job. 3:16; Ps. 51:5, 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24, 49:1-5; Jer. 1:5, 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).