What We Believe

Welcome

Lakeshore Christian is an amazingly talented and faithful community of believers who worship together, encourage each other and reach out and serve their friends and family in Southwest Michigan. We would love it if you would come visit us sometime soon! Our worship is Jesus-centered, easy and family oriented. You can relax, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy yourself.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Our fundamental philosophy centers on restoring the heart of simple Christianity. We endeavor to live, love, worship, and have the commitment and faith like that of the New Testament Christians. We try not to read into scripture what isn’t there, or ignore what scripture says in order to fit our own personal interpretations or traditions.

OUR CORE VALUES

1. We accept God's Word as the final authority. II Timothy 3:16-17
2. We are a Christian community. Ephesians 1:22-23
3. We will be culturally relevant. 1 Corinthians 9:19-22
4. We strive for excellence in everything. Colossians 3:17,23
5. We will continue to be good stewards of God's gifts and blessings. I Peter 4:10-11

OUR BELIEFS

We believe in one God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 5:16, 45; 6:1, 4, 8, 9; James 1:17 / John 1:1; 14:9 / Genesis 1:2; John 4:24; 14:16-20; 2 Peter 1:21)

We believe in God the Father, Creator of all things visible and invisible.
(Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3)

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's one and only Son, my one and only Savior,
(John 1:14; 1 John 4:9 / John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:18)

Who was born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, (Matthew 21:11; John 19:19 / John 1:14; Romans 5:15-17; Colossians 2:9; 1 John 1:1 / Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-38) Who suffered and was crucified,(Luke 23:1-46) Who died and was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, (Luke 23:44 - 24:8; John 20:24-29; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8) Who ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father, (Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1) Who will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead.(Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11; 10:39-42; 1 Peter 4:5)

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is active and operative part of the triune God.
(John 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27) and indwells every Christian.(Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14)

We believe in the Bible, God's Holy Word. We believe God inspired the original writings of the Scripture and those writings are without error.
(Mark 12:36; John 14:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

We accept the Bible as the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.
(Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12)

We believe the Bible teaches that man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ.
(Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23)

We believe the Bible teaches that salvation and the forgiveness of sins are achieved only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7)

We believe the Bible teaches that one receives God's grace by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ, and being immersed into Christ, but that none of these is sufficient in and of itself for the assurance of salvation.
( Romans 5:1-2 / Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19; 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9 / Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11; 1 John 4:15 / Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21)

We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ, founded on the Day of Pentecost and consisting of all Christians everywhere.
(Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47)

We believe that each congregation within the Lord’s church is independent and is overseen by Elders and Deacons.
(Colossians 1:18, 1 Timothy 5:17-19, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Timothy 3:8-13, Ephesians 4:11-12)

Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.)
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.)

We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.)

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, and incest) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Lakeshore Christian Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Lakeshore Christian Church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Lakeshore Christian Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Lakeshore Christian Church

SERVICE TIMES

Sunday
Adult Bible Study - 9:15 a.m.
Worship - 10:30 a.m.

Middle School/High School Youth Group - 1:30-3:00 p.m.

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