Statement of Faith
Statement of FAITH It is to be noted that no grouping of words can fully express all that might be said as to our convictions and doctrinal position. However, as a general and comprehensive combination of the principle factors for which LPPS stands, the following expresses our STATEMENT OF FAITH. THE TRINITY: We believe in one God, existing in a Trinity of persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 15:26), who are co-eternal and of equal dignity and power (Matthew 3:16-17). There is by one only living and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts or passion. Immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensive, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute, working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will. For his glory, most loving, gracious, merciful, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. Forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin. The rewarded of them that diligently seek him and with all most just and terrible in his judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilt. THE BIBLE: We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, verbally inspired and without error as originally written, and that is the only infallible rule of faith and practice for the Christian (II timothy 3:16, Peter 1:21) Under the name of the Holy Scripture, or the word God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testaments. THE PLAN OF SALVATION: We believe Jesus Christ, conceived of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20), born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:35). Whose death on the cross for the redemption of sinners provided a sufficient and complete explanation for their guilt (Ephesians 1:7) and who rose again for our justification (Romans 4:25), ascended to heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for all those who come unto God by Him (Hebrews 7:25). THE CHURCH: We believe that the church, which is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:23) is formed by the work of the Holy Spirit in all those who trust Christ as their Savior (Ephesians 2:22; I Corinthians 12:13). The great ends of the church are the proclamations of the gospel for the salvation of human kind: the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship, of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world. THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY: In view of Christ’s last command (Matthew 28:19-20) and recognizing the lost condition of all those who fail to accept the Gospel message (John 3:18,36) we believe in the urgency of every Christian responding to the Great Commission of Christ. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." WE AFFIRM: God alone is Lord of the conscience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to his word or beside it in matters of faith or worship. So that to believe such doctrines or to obey such commandments out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience, and the requiring an implicit faith and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also.