Living Water of La Pine Core Beliefs
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We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God (2 Tim. 3:16,17), and inerrant in the original 66 writings (2 Peter 1:19-21), and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life (Matt. 5:18).
We believe that there is one true and living God (Is. 45:5-7), who is infinite (Ps. 90:2), eternal (Is. 57:15) and unchangeable (Heb. 13:8) in His being (Ex. 3:15), wisdom (Job 9:4), power (Is. 40), holiness (Is. 6:3), justice (Ecc. 12:14), goodness (Matt. 5:48), and truth (John 7:28).God is the Creator (John 1:3) who freely created all things and sustains all things (Heb. 1:3).We believe that God has absolute control over every element of reality at all times (Eph. 1:11), so that everything that happens takes place according to the eternal plan of God (Acts 4:27, 28).We further believe that God is one in essence (Dt. 6:4), but eternally existent in three persons (Matt. 28:19), Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God without blending or dividing of substance; each having precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and each worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience (Eph. 5:20; Heb. 1:6; Acts 5:3,4).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God and the second person of the Godhead, became man without ceasing to be God (John 1:1, 2, 14; Phil. 2:5-11), having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Matt. 1:20, 21; Luke 1:35), in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:12,18).
We believe in His sinless life (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15), in His miracles (Acts 2:22), in His vicarious (in our place) and atoning death through His shed blood (Heb. 2:9; 1 Pet. 3:18), His burial (1 Cor. 15:4), in His bodily resurrection (Acts 2:23,24; 4:33; 1 Cor. 15:4), in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19; Eph. 1:20), and in His personal, bodily return in power and glory (Acts 1:11; John 14:3).
We believe that Christ is the only mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 7:25); the Head of His body, the Church (Eph. 1:22, 23; Col. 1:18), into which He baptizes every believer in (with or by) the Holy Spirit at conversion (Acts 1:5; 1 Cor. 12:13); the coming universal King who shall reign on the throne of David (Luke 1:31-33); and the final judge of all who fail to place their trust in Him as their Savior from sin (John 5:27-29; Rev. 20:11-15).
The Holy Spirit
We believe in God the Holy Spirit: one in essence with the Father and Son. (John 15:26; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17) He was sent by God the Father and God the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. (John 16:8-11) The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ and implements Christ’s work of redemption and baptism. (John 3:5; 16:14; Acts 1:5; Romans 8:2-16; 1 Corinthians 12:13) He regenerates, baptizes, seals, gifts, and indwells all believers at conversion, progressively sanctifying, and securing them in Christ forever. (John 3:5; 16:14; Acts 1:5; Romans 8:2-16; 1 Corinthians 12:13) The Spirit fills,* leads, comforts, and intercedes for believers, empowering them for godly living and service. (Exodus 31:3; 1 Samuel 16:13; Joel 2:28-29; John 14:26; 16:13; Acts 2:17-18; 4:31; 6:5; 9:31; Romans 8:26; Ephesians 5:18) His presence is evident by the fruit of the Spirit and the building up of believers into the body of Christ, the Church. (Romans 5:5; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 2:22; 3:14-21; 1 John 5:4)
We believe that humanity, male and female, is sacred in God’s eyes and was uniquely created by Him, in His image and for His glory, to exercise dominion over the earth and to enjoy a relationship with Him forever. (Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7, 22; 5:1-2; 9:6; Psalm 100:3; 119:73; Isaiah 43:7; 45:12; Acts 17:26; 1 Corinthians 11:7; James 3:9) Every human being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life. (Ecclesiastes 3:17; 12:14; Jeremiah 17:10; Romans 1:20; 3:19; Hebrews 4:13; 9:27; Revelation 20:11-13) After sin entered the world, humans still possess the image of God, though tainted by sin. (Genesis 5:1; 9:6; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:10-18, 23; 1 Corinthians 11:7; James 3:9) God’s will for humanity is that they love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love their neighbors as themselves. (Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18; Mark 12:30-31; Romans 13:8-10)
In God’s design for humanity, life begins at fertilization.* (Psalm 51:5; 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:31, 34-36, 41, 44) He established the institution of family through the union of one man and one woman in a marriage covenant for life. (Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Timothy 3:2) His design for the continuance of humanity is through the procreation and discipleship of children within the marriage union. (Genesis 1:27-28; 9:1) Marriage is to be an example of the relationship between Jesus Christ and His Church. (Ephesians 5:22-32)
We believe that salvation is a sovereign act of God who saves undeserving man individually through faith in Christ’s atoning work (Eph. 1:4-11; Rom 9:18; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Pe 3:18). Believing in Christ’s Person and work is what saves us (John 3:16; John 14:6). By such faith we become the children of God (John 1:12) and are thereafter indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9) who makes possible a life of personal holiness and a walk of obedience to the will of God (Gal. 5:16).