The following beliefs are core to Lakeside Community Church. You may notice that there are many issues on which this list is silent. The reason being this list is limited to those beliefs which we believe to be central to the church. They are the “majors” for us. On other issues, we appreciate the quote attributed to Rupertus Meldenius:

In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.

The following list is, for us at Lakeside, our essentials.

The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the fully inspired Word of God, without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, yet reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human authors. The Bible has final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (Exodus 24:4aMatt 5:18 ; 2 Tim 3:16-172 Pet 1:19-21)


We believe that there is one true God, Creator of all things, infinitely existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of whom possess equally all of the attributes of deity and characteristics of personality, while executing distinct, but harmonious functions. (Gen 1:1226Deut 6:4Matt 3:16-17John 1:114Gal 4:4-6Eph 4:5-6Col 1:15-20)

God, The Father

We believe that God the Father is an infinite and personal spirit, perfect in holiness, judgment, wisdom, power, and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, answers prayer, justly executes His wrath upon those who disobey, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Lam 3:22-23Matt 7:7-11John 3:16John 4:24Rom 1:18-20Rom 5:8-91 Tim 1:21 Pet 5:7)

We believe that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He was like us in every way except that he had no sinful nature and committed no sin. Since he was without sin, Jesus’ death in our place fully satisfied God’s justice and thus made a way for us to enter into a reconciled relationship with God. After his death, Jesus proved his power over death by rising from the dead. He is now in heaven, where he intercedes with God for us. He will come again to earth, personally and visibly, to fulfill history and God’s eternal plan. (Matt 1:18-24Matt 20:28Luke 1:26-38Luke 24:1-53John 1:114John 20:28Acts 1:11Rom 4:25Rom 8:341 Cor 15:3-52 Cor 5:21Heb 4:14-15Heb 9:28)

Jesus Christ

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, equal to the Father and the Son in essence and attributes. He initiates our relationship with God by convincing us of our sin and helping us see our need for a Savior. He permanently indwells each person at the point of their faith commitment and assures them of their relationship with God, placing them in the body of Christ. He leads us into all truth and guides believers in understanding and applying Scripture. He gives believers spiritual gifts for the building of the church body. He empowers believers to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ and bears fruit for the glory of God. (Gen 1:2Luke 12:12John 3:3-6John 14:15-31John 15:8162627John 16:5-15Acts 1:8Rom 8:9161 Cor 3:16,12:4-13Eph 1:13-145:18)

We believe that every person is a sinner by nature and by choice and is therefore separated from God and deserves judgment. Sin can be described as a natural bent to resist God, live independent of Him and make choices contrary to His Word and character. Sinful thoughts, attitudes and actions result from living independent of God and relying on ourselves instead of trusting and depending on Him. Each person is responsible for their sin and the penalty of that sin, which is physical and spiritual death. (Psalm 51:3-5Pro 3:5-6Jer 17:9Matt 15:18-19Rom 1:21Rom 3:10-1223Rom 5:12-21Rom 6:23Eph 2:1-32 Thes 1:8-91 Jn 1:8Rev 20:14-15)


We believe that everyone who turns from their sin and makes a faith commitment to God receives salvation. Salvation is God’s restoration of the broken relationship between God and man. God’s free gift of salvation is the result of personally applying Christ’s death and resurrection to our sin, not a result of anything we try to do or earn. (John 3:16Rom 6:23Rom 10:9-10Eph 2:4-58-91 Tim 2:4-6Tit 3:4-71 Jn 4:10)


Ordinances of the Church

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has given two ordinances to the local church: baptism and communion (the Lord’s Supper). These are to be observed and practiced until the return of Christ. Believers are to be baptized in obedience to Christ’s command, by immersion in water, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Believers are to celebrate communion as instituted by Christ in remembrance of His death, signifying His saving work on the cross. The elements used in communion are symbolic of Christ’s broken body and His shed blood. (Matt 26:26-28Matt 28:19Mark 1:9-11Luke 22:14-20John 3:23Acts 2:41Acts 8:12,38-39Acts 18:81 Cor 11:23-26)

Personal Responsibility

We believe that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct, that believers have a direct relationship with God and are ultimately responsible to Him. We also believe that Christians are to live for the glory of God with the goal of being conformed to the image of Christ. They are to honor God by obeying His Word, loving others, sharing the good news with unbelievers, and being faithful managers of their time, talent and possessions, which God has given them. (Matt 25:21John 13:34-35John 14:152324Rom 10:14-15Rom 12:1-29-21Rom 14:7-9121 Cor 4:21 Cor 10:312 Cor 5:1018-20Eph 4:13Phil 1:27Heb 10:24-251 Jn 3:14-181 Jn 4:20-21)

We believe that the church refers not to a building, but to a group of people who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the head of the Church. In the broadest sense, as the “universal church,” the church consists of all people everywhere who have acknowledged Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. In the narrower sense, the church refers to a local body of believers who gather regularly for worship, prayer, fellowship, and the teaching of the Bible.

They are committed to reach out to and serve the world and each other through the development and use of their talents and spiritual gifts. They observe baptism and communion as the ordinances established by Jesus. Under the watchful care of spiritual leaders, the members work together in love, submission and unity for the purpose of bringing glory to God and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost world. (Matt 5:16Matt 28:18-20Acts 1:8Acts 2:41-421 Cor 12:7,12-13Eph 1:22-23Eph 2:19-22Eph 5:19-21Phil 2:1-5Col 1:18 ; Heb 10:24-25Heb 13:17 )

The Church

We believe that every person has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.

Religious Liberty

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary basis.

Church Cooperation

We believe that Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return to earth to rule the Kingdom of God . Every person will ultimately be judged by God. Those who formerly chose to believe in and follow Jesus will enjoy eternal life in heaven with God. Those who chose to reject Jesus and live life their own way will be separated from God and eternally punished in hell. (Matt 16:27 ; Matt 24:30Matt 25:31-46Mark 9:43-48John 14:3Rom 14:10-122 Thes 1:7b-10Heb 10:272 Pet 2:4-10Rev 20:12-15Rev 21:3)

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