In essential beliefs -- we have unity. “There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all...” Ephesians. 4:4-6
In nonessential beliefs -- we have liberty. “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls...So then each of us will give an account of himself to God...so whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” Rom. 14:1,4,12,22
In all our beliefs -- we show charity. “...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Cor. 13:2
The Essentials We Believe
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God. Gen. 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matt. 28:19; 1 Pet. 1:2; 2 Cor. 13:14
2. Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father. He came down from heaven, was born of a virgin without the aid of a human father, and lived a sinless life. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Matt. 1:22,23; Isa. 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10- 30; Heb. 4:14,15; 1 Cor. 15:3,4; Rom 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim. 6:14,15; Tit. 2:13
3. Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. 2 Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:12; 3:16; Eph. 1:13; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5:18
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20,21; 2 Tim. 1:13; Ps. 119:105,160; 12:6; Prov. 30:5
5. Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Gen. 1:27; Psa. 8:3-6; Isa. 53:6a; Rom. 3:23; Is. 59:1,2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith. Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8,9; John 14:6; 1:12; Tit. 3:5; Gal. 3:26; Rom. 5:1
7. Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” that salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. John 10:29; 2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 7:25; 10:10,14; 1 Pet. 1:3-5
What We Believe
In November of 2000 God began to move in our church, (that was now over 100 years old), First Baptist Church Myrtle Springs. We began to realize that there was a great need in Van Zandt County. People were hurting. Many people had tried church only to find that the church had no REAL answers. Just like folks everywhere, the people in this area longed for REAL life. That’s when God began to give us His vision for a REAL place, with REAL people, sharing REAL stories and struggles, and discovering REAL Bible answers. Jesus said, “I have come so that you might have life and that it might be a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10) It’s not that life is perfect or without problems, but that we believe God has a “better life” for us to experience.
As God began to form us into the church He wanted us to be, He began to inspire us with Scripture and through personal stories. He showed us that LIFE was the theme of His Word. He showed us that the REAL offer was REAL life for REAL people with REAL problems. He reminded us how our house was supposed to be our safe place. It should be a place where we can take off our mask and be our selves. It should be a place where we eat, rest, and played. We felt like God wanted our church to be that kind of place. A LifeHouse! A place where people can discover and enjoy a better life. A place where people can feel safe. A place where people can take off their mask and be their self. A place where were people are fed, where they can find rest, and where they can play. And so, we eventually voted to change our name to LifeHouse Fellowship.
This is how we arrived at the place where we are right now. But the journey and excitement continues. No matter what your past is, your hurts, habits, or hang-ups may be, we believe God has a REAL better life and a REAL future just waiting for you. We hope you’ll come join us and discover REAL people, REAL Relationships, REAL life, and REAL answers for yourself.