Life Church of Monroe Statement of Beliefs
Statement of Faith and Purpose
The programs and activities governing the form of Life Church of Monroe shall be based upon and at all times shall be consistent with the following creed and beliefs:
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of the Holy Men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine.
(2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
Our God is One, but manifested in three persons - the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit (Philippians 2:6; Matthew 3:16-17). God the Father is greater than all; the Source of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter (John 14:28; John 16;28; John 1:14). Jesus is the Son of God, One with the Father, the Word flesh-covered, the One begotten and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; John 1:14; John 1:18; John 10:30). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal (John 15:26).
Man, His Fall and Redemption
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." "As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one." Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed blood to redeem and restore man back to God. (Romans 5:12, Romans 3:23; Romans3: 9-10; 1 John 3:8; Galatians 3:13-14). Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. (Ephesians 2:8)
Baptism in water is by immersion and is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The orginance is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection ( Matt. 28:19; Romans 6:4; Co. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39).
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The Bapism in the Holy Spirit and Fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to those who are believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of the speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4).
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 consummation of salvation (Heb. 12:14; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14; 1 Cor. 1:30).
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 laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and it is the privilege of every member of the church today (Mark 16:18; James 5:14-20; 1 Peter 2: 24; Matt. 8:17; Isaiah 53:4-5).
Return of the Lord
The Angels said, "This same Jesus shall so come in like manner." His coming is imminent. When he comes, "The dead shall rise first; then we which are alive shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air." (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16-17). Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth, as King of kings and Lord of lords and together with His Saints, who shall be kings and priest, He shall reign a thousand years (Rev. 20:6).
Hell and Eternal Retribution
The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel for repentance. The lake of fire is literal. The terms "eternal" and "everlasting" used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in noting the duration of joy and ecstasy of the saints in the presence of God (Heb. 9:27; Rev.19:20; Heb. 6:1-2).
We partake of the Lord's supper to show the Lord's death till he comes (1 Cor. 11:23-31). The bread symbolizes the Lord's broken body (Is. 53:5; 1 Cor. 11:24). The cup represents the new covenant in His blood which provides us forgiveness and relationship with God (Heb. 9 ; 1 Cor. 11:25). We judge ourselves and realize that this is our salvation and receive it (1 Cor. 11:28-30) for if we receive it unworthily- without giving it honor as our salvation - we are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord (1 Cor. 11:27).
Laying on of Hands
A simple belief that power or anointing or any other necessary quality can be transmitted from one person touching another. Laying on of hands was practiced by Levitical Priesthood. Jesus practiced it in
Mark 10: 13-16 as a blessing and is our grounds for baby dedication instead of baptism. Laying on of hands for healing (Mark 5: 22-23,41; Mark 5:28-31; Acts 28:8; Acts 19:11-12); Laying on of Hands to confer office (Acts 6:2-6); Laying on of Hands to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:16-18); Laying on of Hands to believe words spoken, to receive anointing, and to cultivate anointing (1 Tim. 4:14); Laying on of Hands for ordination to consecrate and receive the necessary ministry tools (1 Tim. 4:14).