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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.

II. The Trinity
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.

IV. Jesus Christ
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 Spirit
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).

VI. Salvation
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.

VII. Justification
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).

VIII. The Eternal State
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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