Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

Read our condensed version of Lifegate's Statement of Faith including our beliefs on Trinity, Scripture, Atonement, Salvation, the Christian Life, Baptism and the Lord's Supper and Eschatology.

Article 1 - The Trinity

It is the testimony of The Word Of God that there is only one God and that He is eternally existent in Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God the Father

God the Father is greater than all; the sender of the Word and the Begetter.  He created man in His own image for fellowship, and calls man back to Himself through Jesus Christ after the rebellion of Adam when sin came into the world.

The Son

Jesus Christ is eternally God, The Word made flesh and Begotten of the Father.  He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. For man’s redemption He left heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit through the Virgin Mary and, henceforth, He is forever one Christ (Messiah; Redeemer) who is 100% God and 100% Man.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is eternally God and proceeds forth from the Father and the Son.  He is continuing the work He started at Pentecost; empowering the believers to live a Godly life and continue the works of Jesus. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by power, tongues, joy, praise and other inward and outward manifestations and gifts.

Article 2- The Scripture

We affirm that the Bible containing the Old and New Testaments and in the original writings, are alone the only infallible inspired Word of God and that its authority is ultimate and final and eternal.  It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof.  It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct.

Article 3 – The Atonement

We believe that Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and now being seated at the right hand of God has accomplished all that is necessary for the atonement of sin in the world; past – present – future.  The restoration of God’s benefits is only applicable to those who receive Jesus as personal Savior.  Healing – spirit, soul and body is provided for in the atonement, as is all of God’s Promises for His saints, but these must be received by grace thru faith.

Article 4 – Salvation

The Word of God declares clearly that salvation is a free gift of God, based on the merits of the death; burial and ressurrection of His Son, and is appropriated by faith. Salvation is affected by personal repentance, belief in the Lord Jesus (justification), and personal acceptance of Him into one's life as Lord and Savior (regeneration). The new life in Christ includes the privileges of adoption and inheritance in the Kingdom of God's beloved Son. Salvation is an act of free will in response to God's personal love for mankind.

Article 5 – The Christian Life

We believe that the Scriptures portray the life of the saint in this world to be one of an over-comer.  It is a balance between what is imputed to us as Christians and what is imparted to us according to our faith.  Hence, God’s provision for His children is total and the promises are final and are forever.  The shortcomings of the individual and of the Church are due to the lack of mind renewal by the saints.  For those abiding in Christ until their death or His return, the promises of eternal blessing in the presence of God are assured.  To remain faithful through all circumstances of life, it requires dependence upon and willingness to be formed (be filled) by the Holy Spirit and to die to self-daily.

Article 6 – The Church

The goal of the church is to make disciples of all nations and to present the saints complete in Christ (Col 1:8).  The Church is governed by the five-fold ministries outlined in the book of Ephesians chapter 4, the offices of Elder and Deacon, as well as other offices mentioned in Scripture. Church policy is a balance between congregation and Eldership authority, emphasizing the final authority of Jesus Christ through the church leadership.  It is essential to the life of the Church that scriptural patterns of discipline are practiced and that oversight for Church discipline, individual and corporate, are exercised by the leadership of the Church.

Article 7 – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

The Word of God commands us regarding two perpetual ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ. The First is baptism, as the outward sign of what God has already done in the individual’s life and is a testimony to all that the person now belongs to Jesus.  It is identification with Jesus and is by the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The second being the Lord’s Supper as a commemoration of the death; burial and ressurection of our Lord and is celebrated in remembrance of Jesus until He comes again.  It is a sign of our participation in Him.  Both institutions are restricted to those who are believers.

Article 8 – Eschatology

We affirm the bodily, personal, Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saints, the Millennium, and the final judgment. The final judgment will determine the eternal status of both the saints and the unbelievers, determined by their relationship to Jesus Christ. We affirm with the Bible the final state of the New Heavens and New Earth.