What We Believe
Lyndon Bible Church accepts the authority of the entire Word of God, the Bible, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. (Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16)
The following paragraphs are intended to emphasize certain important truths which we believe to be clearly taught in the Bible.
1) The Bible
The Bible is God's Word provided for us by His inspiration of various human writers. In the original text of the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit within the personalities and cultural backgrounds of the writers selected each and every word. In English language translations where scholars have worked faithfully under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God's Word is made available to us. We recognize the Bible to be the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:13; Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:3; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 2 Peter 1:21)
There is one God, the sovereign and eternal Spirit, who is revealed to us in the Bible as three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, always acting in complete harmony. All are equally God, infinite in power, knowledge and wisdom. Although no human can fully comprehend the threefold nature of God, we accept the Biblical teaching with unreserved faith.
a) As Father, He is the unseen supreme Head of all things, acting according to His own will and pleasure. He exercises Fatherly love, discipline, care and guidance to all who are His children.
b) As Son, He is the exact representation of God to us, and the only Mediator between God and man. The name Jesus, meaning Savior, was given to Him when He came into this world as the child of a virgin, Mary thus becoming the eternal God-man. The title Christ describes one who is separated to God and who is qualified to fulfill God's purpose. It also identifies Him as the long awaited Messiah of the Old Testament. The title Lord describes His sovereign rule over all creation.
c) As Holy Spirit, He is the active agent in the work of the Father and the Son, including creation of the world, inspiration of the Bible, the birth of Jesus, the conviction and conversion of man, the sealing of believers, and the formation of the Church. He lives within each born-again believer to empower, to teach, to guide and to comfort. (Genesis 1:2; John 1:1,14; John 4:24, John 10:30-; John 14:9,26; Matthew 16:16; Acts 1:8; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14; Colossians 2:9)
The universe and all that is contained in it, including the human family, is the creation of God. It continues to exist for His pleasure and purposes, and only by His power and authority. (Gen.1:1; Jn. 1:3; Acts 17:24-28; Col. 1:16; Rev. 4:11)
Adam, the first man, was created in the image of God and was given the position of head over the entire creation on earth. As created, he was declared to be very good and enjoyed fellowship with his creator. However, because he exercised his choice to disobey God's command, he sinned, was separated from God and was helpless to restore fellowship with God. As a sinner, he has passed his sinful nature on to the entire human race. It is because of sin that all men must die. If God had not intervened, the entire human race would have been doomed to eternal separation from God. (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:21-23; Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:27)
Salvation is provided by God's grace alone, completely apart from any help or work by man. God demonstrated both His righteousness and His love for man by fully punishing sin through the death of His Son, so that He could offer forgiveness to sinful man. Any person who will confess to being a sinner, and who will commit to faith in Jesus Christ alone, will receive forgiveness, eternal life, and restored fellowship with God. To commit to faith means to believe and personally accept Christ's substitutionary death, burial and resurrection. This is what the Scripture refers to as being "born-again." Refusal to accept God's salvation leaves a person exposed to eternal wrath and separation from God (John 3:6-8; John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9; Romans 8:3; Romans 5:6-8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 2:11)
6) The Church
All born-again believers in Jesus Christ, whether on earth or with the Lord, are united by the Holy Spirit into one church which is a spiritual organism with the Lord Jesus as its head. Lyndon Bible Church is a part of that church which meets in Lyndon to carry out the Biblical activities for local churches. These activities include worship of God, mutual care and love among members, prayer and teaching, spreading the Gospel, water baptism of believers, and celebration of the Lord's Supper. All believers have equal standing before God, but each one is gifted by the Lord to fulfill their part in the church. (Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 10-23-25)
7) Church Membership
Any born-again believer, who desires to follow the guidance of the Scriptures and whose life gives consistent evidence of the new birth, is welcome to be a part of the Lyndon Bible Church. Active participation is of greater importance than any formal membership status. Serious commitment to the Lord and submission to the elders are considered essential according to the Biblical pattern. Participation in church activities will be guided by the elders, who in turn will seek the Spirit's guidance in carrying out Biblical principles and practices. (Acts 2:46-47; Acts 14:21-23; Acts 16:5; Galatians 1:2)
8) Church Government
The leadership of the local church consists of elders and deacons, men who are qualified under the standards spelled out in the Bible. As they are seen to meet the qualifications, they are recognized by the present elders, and formally presented to the church for their prayerful support. In accordance with Biblical teaching and the early church practice, elders are responsible to the Lord for the spiritual rule, teaching and pastoring of the Lyndon Bible Church. As opportunities arise, they will approve, encourage and support the various church activities. Also, they will deal with Biblical discipline, correction of false teaching and any other matter affecting the welfare of the church. Deacons, under the guidance and support of the elders, are responsible to assist in a wide variety of practical needs such as church finances, benevolence, property management and instruction materials. (Acts 14:23; 1 Corinthians 14:40; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:7,17)
9) Angels, Demons and Satan
Angels are spirit beings created by God before the creation of the world to act as God's messengers in carrying out His will and to worship Him. Satan, or Lucifer, was once the highest of all these angelic beings but he became proud and sinned against God. Consequently, he lost his position, along with all those angels, also known as demons, who followed him in his sin. Satan and his demons now war against God and all those who are His, including believers, as he seeks to thwart God's will and work. Although his is a creature and under God's sovereign control, Satan is a powerful enemy, against whom every believer should be on guard. (Genesis 3:22-24; Job 38:6-7; Isaiah 6:1-11; Isaiah 124:4-21; Ezekiel 28; Ephesians 6:10-20; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:14; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9)
10) Future Events
The Scriptures reveal that there will be a climax to earth's history as God fulfills His purposes through a series of major events. Hope, encouragement and warnings will be given to those who pay attention to and believe in God, but the merely curious will be disappointed. As He promised, the Lord Jesus Christ will come to take His Church from the earth, to judge each member's deeds and to celebrate His union with the Church as His bride. There will be a final judgment, as which those who have rejected the Lord Jesus will be punished and new heavens and a new earth will be formed. Believers will be with Christ forever, while unbelievers will be in the Lake of Fire, separated from God forever. (Isaiah 66:22; Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:21-30; John 14:1-3; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 19:7-9; Revelation 20:1-6,11-15; Jeremiah 30:7)
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