Statement of Belief and Practice
Lakeside Community Presbyterian Church

We believe in GOD, the Creator and Sustainer of all that is.  God is Spirit (John 4:24; Matthew 16:17); all-knowing (Psalm 139), all-powerful (Psalm 93:1; Romans 1:20) and present everywhere (Psalm 139:5-10).  God is without beginning or ending (Genesis 21:23; 1 Timothy 1:17); eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  (Note: While the word “Trinity” does not occur in Scripture, it is the name that is given to a doctrine that is clearly taught, in that the Father = the Son; the Spirit = the Father, etc.)

We believe the greatest expression of God’s love is found in JESUS CHRIST (Romans 5:8), who, in His incarnation, was fully God (Colossians 2:9) and fully man, yet lived a sinless life (Hebrews 2:17; 4:15).  Jesus was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, etc.), and born of the Virgin Mary.  According to God’s eternal plan (Acts 3:18), He willingly suffered and died on the cross (Philippians 2:8), and overcame death for our salvation (Colossians 1:19-22).  That Christ rose bodily from the dead is clear in the Scriptures and a cornerstone of our faith (Luke 24:39;1 Peter 1:3; 1 Corinthians 15:14, 17).  Jesus will come again at the end of the age in a personal and visible way (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).   Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), is worthy of worship (Philippians 2:10-11).

We believe that the HOLY SPIRIT indwells (John 14:16; Ezekiel 26:27), guides (John 16:13) and teaches all believers (John 14:26).  The Holy Spirit is God’s agent of creation (Genesis 1:2), new birth (John 3:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:3) and the inspiration of Scripture (2 Peter 2:20-21).  The Spirit is our ever-present advocate and help in weakness and strength (Ephesians 2:18).

All human beings are sinful by nature (Romans 3:23).  As we respond to God’s call (John 6:44), we receive SALVATION by faith (Romans 10:8-9).  Salvation is through Jesus alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:12), which is not earned through anything we do, but rather it is God’s free gift (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Our good works are a response of thanksgiving for our salvation (Ephesians 2:10).  Through the reception of Jesus Christ into our hearts as Savior and Lord, we can be assured that we have eternal life (1 John 5:11-13).

We believe the BIBLE is the only inspired, infallible Word of God in written form (2 Timothy 3:16-17); and our only ultimate source of authority for faith and life (Galatians 1:8).  Relevant for all time, it is our guide and guardian from sin (Hebrews 4:12).

The head of the one true CHURCH is Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:23), who established it (Matthew 16:18) and remains ever present with all the believers (Matthew 28:20).  The church is strengthened and encouraged by the Holy Spirit (John 14:16) for evangelism and mission, and the uplifting and serving of one another with the gifts the Spirit provides (1 Corinthians 12:7).   Our Lord calls us as believers to lead a holy life according to the Scriptures (Romans 12:1; 2 Timothy 1:9) in which we will show our faith by bearing the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

We believe in the power of PRAYER and that “the prayer of the righteous has great power in its effects.”  (James 5:16b) God bids us to seek Him in prayer, both individually and corporately, that we might fellowship with Him and be conformed to His will.

We recognize the two Sacraments established and participated in by our Lord while on earth: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Baptism is the outward sign of the inward reality of belonging to the body of Christ.  While it is neither necessary for, nor guaranteeing salvation, it is an act of obedience of the believer to the command of Christ.  Also, Christian parents, in the legacy of the covenants of Israel, may present their children for baptism, therein promising, along with the assistance of the whole church, to raise the child in knowledge of God, setting before the child a Christian example and nurturing them toward that day when they confirm the baptismal vows and receive Jesus Christ personally as their Savior and Lord. We recognize baptism in the name of the Triune God properly administered by other denominations. Since it is by the grace of God that He places His mark of ownership upon us, baptism is only administered once.

THE LORD’S SUPPER (Communion) reminds us of the New Covenant of God’s love for us in the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross.  As He promised, Jesus Christ Himself is present with us as we remember the breaking of His body in the broken bread and the shedding of His blood in the cup poured out.  The Communion table is not a “Presbyterian table.”  It is the Lord’s table, and so all who acknowledge Jesus as their personal savior and Lord are invited to partake with us.  (1 Corinthians 11:23-28)