STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments, were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.
We believe in the only living and true God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, the Son, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.
4. The Holy Spirit
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, Who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; Who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ.
We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the arch-enemy of God and man.
We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, and that he is affected by sin in all aspects of his being so that all men by nature and choice are sinners, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.
We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord.
8. Future Things
We believe in the personal, bodily, and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked.
9. The Church
We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ of which He is the Head, is composed of all regenerate believers. We believe that the local church is a company of immersed believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith, and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the great Head of the Church. We believe the primary officers are the pastors and elders. A pastor is one of the elders.
We believe that there are only two ordinances for the Church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order:
1. Baptism which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ’s command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
2. The Lord’s Supper is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and the cup, which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes.
11. The Church and State
We believe in the separation of church and state.
12. Religious Liberty
We believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs.
13. The Lord’s Day
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise.
14. Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that all in authority over us are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the kings of the earth.
15. Definition of Marriage
1. Definition: We resolve that as a matter of belief, doctrine, and religious practice, our denomination and this local church reserves the term “marriage” for the covenant relationship between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.
2. Staff participation in the solemnization and celebration of marriage: No staff person of LEFBC will officiate in a marriage that would be outside the definition of marriage as agreed upon by this congregation, no matter the venue of the event.
3. We believe the Bible teaches that marriage is intended by God to be a life-long covenant of fidelity between a man and a woman that symbolizes the relationship of Christ and His Church.