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Statement of Faith

         We believe in—

  1. The Divine inspiration and consequent authority of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. By the term Divine inspiration we mean the truthfulness and authority of both the Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written Word of God, without error in the original manuscripts and the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
  2. The doctrine of the Trinity, one God revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect.
  3. The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His miraculous conception, humanity, miracles, His death and burial, His bodily resurrection, ascension, and return.
  4. The personality of the Holy Spirit whose ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
  5. The creation of man in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature totally depraved and are incapable of pleasing God, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility become culpable sinners, utterly lost, and only through being born again through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom we have redemption through His blood, can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
  6. The resurrection of the body, the eternal life of the saved, the eternal punishment of the lost. After death all men continue in conscious existence, the believers being "absent from the body but present with the Lord," the lost in everlasting conscious torment.
  7. The personality of Satan as a created being and an adversary of God.

Q   If you never take a collection, how does the church survive?

A   Members of the congregation do make donations, but not on a collection plate.  We just don’t expect visitors to donate unless they specifically ask how they can do so.  We never ask for donations. There is no expectation even that members will donate at a certain level, or at all. We trust that God will supply all we need, and over the many years the church has existed, He always has.

Q  The LBF slogan celebrates “God’s love and grace”.  Exactly what do you mean by that?

A   The Bible repeatedly tells us about God’s love.  It reaches to all mankind.  However, God is also just and holy.  He can no more ignore our wrong-doings than an earthly judge can ignore a “guilty” verdict.  We deserve his judgement.  But now God’s grace comes into play.  Instead of punishing us, He punished His Son, Jesus. Because Jesus paid the price of our sin, God can now freely forgive us.

Q   So what does “grace” mean in that context?

A   Grace has been defined as “unmerited favour”.  In practice it means that we are getting the opposite of what we deserve.  No matter what we do, we can never earn God’s forgiveness.  The good news is, by His grace we don’t have to!  Salvation is a gift that we simply have to receive.

Q   Do all Christians have to attend church?

A   Well, no.  That is to say, not attending church doesn’t affect your standing before God. When we make rules like that (which are not found in the Bible) we are said to be legalistic.  For some people, legalism has a certain appeal.  In a sense, following rules (Don’t drink. Don’t smoke. Don’t …….) is easier than following principles, but the New Testament condemns legalism.  So while there is no rule that says “Go to church”, a Christian who doesn’t do so misses out on corporate worship, fellowship with other believers and teaching from God’s word.

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Bible References

Will God provide for us?
Philippians 4:19
Matthew 6: 18-24

We can’t earn salvation
Ephesians 2: 3-10
2 Corinthians 5: 21

The grace of God
2 Corinthians 8: 9
Hebrews 2: 5-9

Note:The Pharisees were a Jewish sect that emphasized keeping the law
Matthew 15: 1-9
Matthew 12: 1-8