Lillooet Gospel Chapel Statement of Faith
a. We believe the Scriptures. both Old and New Testaments to be word by word inspired in the original manuscripts, without error, the complete revelation of God's will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith, doctrine and life. 2Tim. 3:15-17; 2Pet. 1:20-21.
b. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three co-equal persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Luke 3:21-22; John 1:1; 2Cor. 13:14; 1John 5:7.
c. We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Matt. 1:20-23; Luke 1:35; John 1: 14.
d. We believe in the personality of Satan and other evil spirits, as the enemies of God, of the Saints, and the Holy Angels. Job 1:6-12; 2Cor. 11:14; James 4:7.
e. 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; and that all human beinqs are born with a sinful nature and are incapable of pleasing God, are utterly lost, and that only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. Romans 5:12; 8:4-8; Eph. 2:2-3.
f. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as the representative and
Substitutionary sacrifice, and that no other manner of redemption is possible, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood and resurrection. John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 5; 1Cor. 15:1-4; 2Cor. 5:14-21
g. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His personal bodily presence there for us as forerunner, High Priest, and Advocate. Luke 24; John 20:19-28; Acts 1:1-11; Heb. 2:14-18.
h. We believe in that blessed hope, the personal bodily, visible, and imminent return of our glorified Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, (and that this "Blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.) John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11.
i. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict and regenerate men, to indwell, to guide, to instruct, and to empower the believer for godly living and service. 2Cor. 6:14-17; Jude 20-23.
j. We believe that the true church is composed of all such persons who through faith in Jesus Christ, in one act have been saved, regenerated, and baptized by the Holy Spirit, and are thus united together into the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. 1Cor. 12:12-27; Eph 4:1-16.
k. We believe that at death, all men continue in conscious existence, awaiting the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the saved to everlasting blessedness, and the lost to everlasting conscious torment. Luke 16:19-31; John 5:28-29; Rev. 20:12-15.
i. We believe that the Lord's Supper and water baptism are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation. Mark 16:16; Matt. 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:41; 8:36-38; 16:31-34; Rom. 6:4; 1Cor. 11:25-26; Col 2:12; 1Pet. 3:21.
m. We believe in salvation by grace through faith; salvation is the free gift of God, not by any virtue or works of man, but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus. Rom. 3:24&28; Eph 2:8-9.