The Bible makes clear that certain truths uniquely define the Christian faith, and are the foundation that supports all other Christian beliefs. We believe these to be:
GOD – There is one God, who exists as three persons living in perfect community – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
FATHER – God the Father created everything and keeps everything going by His strength and goodness. He is holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, totally consistent and reliable, and is full of mercy and grace.
JESUS CHRIST, THE SON – Jesus Christ, God’s son, became fully human when He was born to the virgin Mary. He was fully human and fully God, which is a great mystery. He lived a perfect life in place of our imperfect lives; died, as our substitute, the death we deserved to die because of our selfishness; and rose physically from the dead. He offers us full life by the promise of His resurrection. He ascended into heaven and today is our representative and advocate with God the Father.
HOLY SPIRIT – We experience the full life and presence of God in our relationship with the Spirit, who convicts us of sin, points us to Christ, and applies Christ’s work to our lives. He gives gifts and power to the church and he is the one who creates biblical community in the church. He reveals truth and guides our lives, individually and together.
REAL LIFE – We are connected to God in only one way – by choosing to accept the offer of forgiveness and reconciliation God offers us by Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. This gift of new life is eternal – it never ends. If we ask him to, God treats us as if we were Christ, because he treated Christ as if he were us. God’s gift of grace makes us his adopted sons and daughters. There is nothing we can do to deserve this life – it is all a gift of God and our job is simply to receive it. When we do, God begins the process of changing our hearts and minds from the inside out and making our character more and more like Jesus’ character. And as we have been reconciled to God, we also have hope for being more fully reconciled to other people.
THE BIBLE – The Bible is God’s completely true Story about who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. It was given by God to men, so reflecting their backgrounds, style, and use of language. It also serves as our “owner’s manual.” The Bible is the final authority on all matters to which it speaks.
CHRIST’S RETURN – In His own time and in His own way, God will bring the world as we know it to an end. According to His promise, Christ will return personally and visibly to judge the living and the dead, bring justice, and to begin the new era of God’s visible reign, which will last forever.
THE CHURCH – If we are in relationship with Christ, we are part of the church. The church is always expressed locally, and is the visible demonstration of the new community Christ came to create. The primary purpose of the church is to please God by worshiping Him well in extending His offer of love and grace to all people, especially those who are not yet in relationship with Him. The church celebrates Baptism and Communion, which are gifts given by Christ and are experiences of His promise and presence with us. The church is made up of imperfect people who are responding day by day in our work and home lives, and in all our relationships, to God’s stunning grace.
Affiliation - Life Community Church is affiliated with a network of churches known as The Church of the Nazarene. The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, tracing its roots to an anniversary date of 1908. Today the Church of the Nazarene is located in 156 world areas. Being affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene provides biblical accountability, ministry support and resources, and a world-wide network of churches to be connected to that are committed to reaching people with the Gospel and making Christ-like disciples.