What We Believe
Our Mission and Values
Our highest calling is for Christ to be glorified in and through Living Faith Christian Church. Our mission is to guide people into a genuine and growing relationship with Jesus Christ for the glory of God. We believe that objective can only be accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit and love of Christ demonstrated in our lives.
We believe God has called us to be a regional ministry large enough to address needs and touch lives across Long Island. We hope to bless the greater Christian community for the glory of God. Our ministries and facilities should foster community, encourage relationships, and communicate biblical truth for children, students, and adults.
We believe the church should fulfill its mission with excellence and set the standard for integrity. Rather than a museum for reflection, we believe God has called us to be a spiritual “emergency room” where the Holy Spirit saves and changes lives. As a church, our theme Bible passage is Ephesians 3:21, “To him be glory in the church.”
We believe that while every church is connected, every church is unique. Together with our faith and mission, we believe the following values have shaped us as a people:
- We value learning and living God’s Word.
- We value authentic worship in Spirit and truth.
- We value seeing people become followers of Christ.
- We value serving others in ministry.
- We value authentic connections with one another.
- We value sacrificial giving for the glory of God.
- We value the amazing power of living faith.
Our Statement of Faith
We wish to declare and preserve the following statements of faith that bind us together as a people and focus our message and mission as a church of Jesus Christ.
We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible are God's Word. We believe each book had a human author operating under divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We believe the Bible was given without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is our supreme and final authority in all matters related to our faith and practice.
We believe there is one true God who is the creator and sustainer of all things, and that he exists in three persons as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God the Father
We believe God the Father is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and limitless in presence, power, and love. We believe that God the Father concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of men and women by hearing and answering prayer. Also, we hold that he saves from sin and death all who come to Him through faith in his Son. Finally, we believe God is Father of all those who are saved by his grace.
God the Son
We believe Jesus Christ is God’s one and only Son, equally human and divine. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, made atonement for the sins of all people through his death on a cross, and physically rose from the dead on the third day and later ascended into heaven where he makes intercession for the saved. We believe salvation is available through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
God the Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the living presence of God in the world today. We believe the Holy Spirit guides men and women to see their sin and need for God’s forgiveness. We believe the Holy Spirit comes to live within every Christian at the moment of salvation and endows them with spiritual gifts based on God’s sovereign will. We hold that the Holy Spirit reveals the truth of God’s Word to men and women. We believe every follower of Christ is commanded to live a life that is filled with and guided by the Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit comforts, encourages, convicts, and points all people to Jesus Christ for the glory of God.
We believe God created man and woman in his image and free from sin. We believe mankind fell from perfection and grace into sin by disobeying God, and thus inherited physical and spiritual death. As a result, everyone is born separated from God, spiritually dead, and in need of God’s forgiveness and grace.
We believe God gave his only Son so that all who trust in him for salvation would not perish but receive eternal life. We believe God’s grace is required for sin to be forgiven, that it is received through faith in Jesus Christ alone and that it is the result of the sovereign grace of God. We believe salvation produces life-change that is seen in the desire to live in obedience to God’s Word and see others come to know God’s salvation.
We believe the Church is the living spiritual body of Christ of which he is the head and all those saved by God’s grace are the members. We believe the local church is made up of believers in Jesus Christ who have been biblically baptized and agreed to join together for worship, discipleship, fellowship, prayer, outreach, and service. We believe the Church is God’s plan to impact our lost world and that it exists to bring glory to God.
We believe every follower of Christ is called to glorify God in his or her life. Therefore, we believe every Christian is called to live a godly life because his or her conduct is a reflection on their faith in Jesus Christ. We believe Christians are called to develop Christ-like character in their lives, families, and business affairs.
We believe the human soul was created for eternity. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and the lost. We believe in the eternal existence of all people in heaven or hell, and in divine judgments and rewards.
Priesthood of Believers
We believe every person who has trusted Jesus Christ as Savior has the right and authority to direct access to God through prayer. This was made possible through the atonement of Christ on the cross. We believe the Bible never encourages, requires, or instructs that prayer should be offered to God the Father through anyone other than God the Son. We believe Jesus Christ is the only intercessor between God and man.
We believe during his earthly ministry, Jesus Christ commanded the church to baptize disciples and celebrate the Lord’s Supper until his return. We do not call these sacraments because God’s grace is received through faith alone. Instead, we call these Ordinances because they were ordained by Christ to be done under the authority of the church awaiting his return.
We believe that Jesus Christ commanded all who follow him should be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as a symbol of their faith. We believe baptism in the New Testament was practiced by immersion and followed the person’s decision to become a follower of Christ. Therefore, we hold that all Christians should be baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit after their decision to become a Christian.
Lord’s Supper (Communion)
At the final Passover Jesus shared with his disciples, he instituted the Lord’s Supper with the instruction that it be practiced in his memory until his return. We believe the bread and cup are symbols of the body and blood of Christ. We believe they do not contain or impart grace since grace is received by faith alone. The Lord’s Supper reminds us of the sacrifice that was necessary for our salvation. We believe the New Testament limits participation in this meal to followers of Christ.
Marriage and Family
We believe God himself created marriage and the family. We believe God defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. As a result, we believe the biblical definition of marriage is limited to this position. We believe parents are called by God to do all they can to see their children become followers of Christ.