TLCF's Doctrinal Statement of Faith
I. The Scriptures
We believe the Bible from Genesis to Revelation to be verbally inspired
of God. And, because it is inspired (lit. "breathed out")
by God, the original documents are without error of any kind (2
Timothy 3:16, John 17:17), and that they have been preserved without
error to this very day. The Scriptures are authoritative in all
matters of faith and conduct.
We believe that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
to be the one and only true God. There is one God manifested in
three persons (1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 1 Peter 1:2, Jude 20-22).
III. God The Father
We believe God is Elohim (Genesis 1:1), the one (Deut 6:4), ultimate
(Ps. 97:9; Is. 40:12-31), eternal Being (Ps. 90:2), who rules (Ps.
115:3), and sustains all that exists.
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. We believe in His virgin
birth; whereupon, Jesus Christ was 100% man and 100% God all in
the same person. We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus
Christ on the third day following His voluntary, sacrificial, and
substitutionary death on the cross (1 Corinthians 15). He is in
fact Savior (Acts 4:12), Life (John 14:6), and Lord (Rom. 10:9,13)
to all who put their trust in Him. We wholly, unequivocally believe
in Christ's physical, bodily return (Acts 1:11).
V. The Holy
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity,
truly God and therefore co-equal with the Father and the Son (Matt.
28:19; Acts 5:3,4; 2 Cor. 13:14) He seals us to guarantee our ultimate
salvation (2 Cor. 1:21,22; Eph. 1:13,14; 4:30). He fills us when
we yield to Him, giving us power for both life and ministry (Acts
6:3; 13:9-12; Eph. 5:18-21). He produces Christian character in
us (Gal. 5:22,23). He teaches us (1 Cor 2:10). He intercedes for
us because we do not know how to pray (Rom. 8:26,27). He enables
us to discern false teaching about Christ (1 John 2:20-27), and
He guides us (Rom. 8:14).
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in the death,
burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:14,23; Titus 3:4-6,
1 John 2:2, Hebrews 2:9). Salvation is freely offered to ALL who
will repent of their unbelief and accept by faith the finished work
of Jesus Christ in their behalf on Calvary's cross (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Jesus Christ died for ALL men.
Men are justified by faith alone (Romans 3:28), and are accounted
righteous before God only through the merit of the LORD Jesus Christ.
Justification establishes an eternal relationship that can never
be broken (Romans 4, Galatians 3).
We believe in the everlasting, conscious, blessedness on the saved
in Heaven, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost
in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 7:9-14; 21:8).
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