At LakeHills Community Church we recognize that there are specific, NON-NEGOTIABLE issues of Christianity and some NEGOTIABLE. An example of a NON-NEGOTIABLE issue would be the resurrection of Jesus. The only opinion acceptable is that there was a physical resurrection of Jesus as detailed in the Bible. Some examples of a NEGOTIABLE issue would include how often we are to take communion or the overall weekend worship style. A NEGOTIABLE issue leaves room for more than one opinion.
The following information is provided to help you understand what we at LakeHills Community Church believe to be NON-NEGOTIABLE issues.
///THE TRINITY: We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. (Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 3:16-17 & 28:19)
///GOD: We believe in God the Father, an infinite and involved, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe He involves Himself mercifully in people’s lives, hears and answers prayer, and saves from death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 16:23-27; Gal. 4:4-6; Eph. 1:3 & 17-23)
///JESUS: We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is one with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is our Savior, who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on a cross for all sin, and was raised from the grave after three days to demonstrate His defeat of sin and death. He ascended into Heaven and will return again to Earth to reign as our powerful King. (Matt. 1:18-23; John 3:16; Acts 1:11; Heb. 4:14-16; 1 John 2:2; Rev. 19-20)
///HOLY SPIRIT: We believe the Holy Spirit is one with God the Father and Jesus Christ. At the point of salvation He uniquely provides every believer with a spiritual gift or gifts for building and expanding God’s Kingdom. The Holy Spirit serves as our Comforter, Guide and Advocate. The Holy Spirit provides guidance in living, a better understanding of the Bible, and prayerfully intercedes for all Christians. (John 14:26; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26-27)
///BIBLE: Our foundation is based firmly upon the Bible as the final authority on Christian beliefs and as a guide to living. The Bible is divinely inspired by God, without error, given to man so that we may know and understand the truth of God and His love. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
///HUMANITY: We believe God created humanity, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. Sin entered the world when Adam, representing us, disobeyed God. The effect is that all people are sinners by nature and choice, are spiritually dead, and need a Savior. The family is established by God and is the foundational institution of society. He has designed marriage so that one biological male and one biological female can be devoted to each other in a life-long commitment. (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7-13,19; Rom. 3:23; 5:12-21; 6:23)
///SALVATION: Salvation is not something that can be purchased or earned. It is a free gift from God provided by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and is received through faith. Eternal salvation is available to everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Faith is expressed through repentance of sin and baptism by immersion. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9)
///THE CHURCH: We believe that the Church is a spiritual body, with Jesus Christ as its head. We believe the Church is made up of all who have trusted Christ as their Lord and Savior. We believe that Scripture commands believers to gather together and to devote themselves to worship, prayer, the reading and teaching of the Word, the observance of baptism and communion, fellowship, service and continued outreach to the world. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2:41-47; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Eph. 5:21; Col. 1:18; Heb. 10:24-25)
///JUDGEMENT: We believe there will be a resurrection of the body for all people, and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will experience eternal separation from God and believers experience eternity with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life. (John 5:29; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 15:1-58; 2 Cor. 5:8,10; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 John 8; Rev. 19-20)