There has been a recent movement in the Body of Christ to do away with doctrine. Many believe that doctrine divides us instead of uniting us. However, the scriptures teach us that holding fast to SOUND doctrine is vital to our Christianity. Therefore, LFCI will always stand fast upon the unchangeable truths of the Word of God. What we BELIEVE and what we do not believe is critical to our daily lives. Proverbs teaches us that, "as a man thinks in his heart, so is he". Therefore what I believe in my heart is VERY important. What we believe as a church body is listed below. Feel free to direct questions to our emails listed.
Articles of Faith
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, are verbally INSPIRED by God; the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit; the revelation of God to man. The NEW COVENANT (contained in the New Testament) is what we accept as our infallible guide and authoritative rule of faith and conduct.
- We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, FULLY GOD AND FULLY MAN. We believe that He died on the cross, was buried and on the third day was bodily resurrected. We believe that he personally appeared to the disciples and bodily ascended into heaven to the right hand of His Father
- We believe that Man was created by God, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world and to all men. Therefore, all of man’s attempts to attain to Divine RIGHTEOUSNESS are futile and only through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, can man be reconciled to The Father. Jesus was manifested to destroy the works of the devil and to give His life and shed His blood to redeem mankind.
- Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by GRACE THROUGH FAITH in Jesus Christ, producing His righteousness in us and works acceptable to God. Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that produces repentance. The new birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced produces eternal life. The work of Christ at the cross of Calvary is perfect and fully sufficient for salvation.
- Baptism in water by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is subsequent to repentance from one’s sin. As Christ directed, we baptize in the Name of The Father, The Son (The Name of Jesus), and The Holy Spirit. The ordinance of Baptism is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
- The Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance.
- After receiving the Baptism with the Holy Spirit, the believer has the opportunity to partake in all of the present supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit. Signs and wonders will follow those who believe. Some of those include: words of wisdom, words of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, workings of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, various kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues.
- The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation at Christ’s return. Through the power and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, one can lead a life of separation from the world and perfect holiness in the fear of God as an expression of Christian faith.
- Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today.
- The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the gospel or repenting. The lake of fire is a literal place.
- We believe the coming of the Lord is imminent. When He comes, The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Following the Tribulation, Christ shall return to earth as King of kings, and Lord of Lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years.
- We believe that the purposes of the Church are as follows: being a corporate body in which man may worship God, being a channel of God's purposes in the earth and being an organism for training and equipping the Body of Christ for evangelism, service and other works of ministry . We believe the Kingdom of God has come in the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. It continues to come in the ministry of the Spirit through the Church, His Body on earth.
- As often as the Church desires, Communion shall be a part of the worship service. Communion is the ceremony wherein we remember the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.
- At the same Passover supper where Jesus instituted what we know today as communion, He also knelt down and washed His disciple’s feet in an act of humility and to demonstrate servant-hood. Therefore, foot washing is something that we may practice in our worship services as the Holy Spirit directs.