This is a partial doctrinal statement of Lighthouse Baptist Church. This does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. For Scriptural support, see Extended Articles of Faith.
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible. The Bible is the inerrant, infallible and complete revelation of God and is therefore, the sole authority for all faith and practice. The Bible is indestructible and forever settled in Heaven. God has preserved His words for all generations in the Hebrew Masoretic Text and the Greek Textus Receptus. The King James Version of the Bible is the preserved Word of God for the English language and is the translation used for this church. We believe that the Scriptures should be interpreted in their plain, literal, normal, grammatical, and historical sense.
We believe there is one Triune God in the persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are co-equal and co-eternal. They are three distinct persons, yet one God.
THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. There was no loss of His Deity in His incarnation. We believe the shed blood of Jesus Christ is the only ground of atonement for sins. Jesus substitutionary death provided the means of redemption for all sinners. He was buried and rose bodily from the dead to be the propitiation of the sins of the whole world. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor, and Advocate. We believe in the imminent, pre-Tribulation, pre-Millennial Rapture of the saints, and Christ’s subsequent bodily return to the earth to establish His Millennial kingdom.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. He is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe His ministry to believers is to regenerate and baptize into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation, to indwell, to seal, to teach, to enlighten, to empower, and to comfort thereafter. His presence in, and His filling of the believer is manifested by the fruit of the Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to believers. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit were Apostolic and were terminated with the death of the Apostles.
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth in six literal, solar days (24 hour periods). We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin.
We believe that man was created by God in His image and after His likeness on the sixth day of creation. Man was created without sin and had perfect fellowship with God. He willfully disobeyed God’s Word and became sinful, plunging all men into sin. Man is a sinner by nature and is lost, totally incapable of saving himself.
We believe that God freely offers the gift of salvation by grace to all. Only those who place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone are saved; salvation is not of works; whosoever will, may choose to receive or reject Jesus Christ. We believe that those that receive Him obtain eternal life and are kept by God’s power forever. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh.
We believe that the Church was established at Pentecost (Acts 2). The local church is an organized assembly of born again, baptized by immersion, believers who are to evangelize the lost, and meet together for worship, preaching, exaltation, edification, fellowship, prayer, with the purpose of serving the Lord together. The establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. Its officers are pastors and deacons. Because all believers are one in Christ, we can have fellowship with other believers and other local churches of like faith and practice. We believe the local church is an autonomous body who answers to God in matters of membership, policy, government, fellowship, and discipline. The local church is free of any external authority or control. Jesus Christ is the Head, and its authority is the Word of God. We recognize water baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the two ordinances of the local church.
We believe that God has given the church the Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ, we must proclaim the Gospel by our lives and personal witness. We also support missionaries and church planters who actively evangelize local and foreign nations.
We believe all the saved are called into a life of Biblical separation from all worldly and sinful practices unto a holy life. We are in this world, but not of this world. We are also to separate from apostasy, doctrinal compromise, and disobedient brethren. We should also refrain from all immodest appearances.
We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ at the Rapture of the Church, where all true believers will be taken from this earth. These believers will experience the Judgment Seat of Christ as well as the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and will return with Christ at the end of the tribulation period taking place on earth. We believe that following the removal of the church (rapture), the Seven-Year Tribulation will begin on the earth. The purpose of these judgments is to turn the hearts of the people of Israel back to their God. Christ will return with His saints and crush His enemies at the battle of Armegeddon. At this time He will rule from the throne of David one thousand years. The Great White Throne Judgment will take place at the conclusion of the Millennial Reign of Christ. At this judgment, unbelievers will be judged according to their works. All unbelievers will spend eternity separated from God, tormented in a literal Lake of Fire.