We believe in God as a “Trinity” (one God in three eternal persons, Father, Son, and Spirit). This may be the single strongest identifying belief of biblical faith. Included in belief in the Trinity is the deity of Christ—the truth that Jesus was God come in the flesh, born of a virgin, dying as the sacrifice for our sins, and risen from the dead. If Christ is not really God, there is no Christian faith.
We believe in the inspiration and authority of the Bible. It tells us about God, how to have a relationship with Him, and how to live for Him. Without a belief in the inspiration of Scripture, we would have no basis for knowing what to believe, no sure way to know the true nature of God, no dependable guide for our lives, and no basis for unity.
We believe sin (= self-centeredness and the rebellion that comes out of that) is the universal human problem. Through the centuries, people have intuitively known something is not right in the world. Wars, broken relationships, and suffering have been the story of humanity. In biblical faith, sin is at the root. While lack of education, poverty, oppressive governments, etc. must be addressed, underneath every major problem is the damage rebellion has done to the human race.
We believe the needs of the human race are far beyond our ability to resolve by ourselves. Jesus is the one hope we have for life. The Bible speaks of no other way to save us except through Jesus Christ, who is the pathway to God. He lived the perfect live we can’t live, died the death we deserve as our substitute, and rose from dead.
We believe God saves us by grace through faith, but this free gift is not automatically applied to everyone. We must respond to it through repentance, faith, confession, and baptism. With respect to baptism, we practice baptism by immersion to all who make a decision to trust in Jesus as Savior and follow Him as Lord. Jesus set this example, and the New Testament demonstrates this step as part of the conversion process. It is an outward symbol of the inner transformation by God. It is meant to be the beginning of a new life of following Jesus, being changed by Him, and leading others to do the same.
Beyond the five basic beliefs, there is variation in doctrinal understanding at LifeSpring among Christians who take the Bible seriously. Because of that, we ask all believers to unite on the essentials and grant grace in the differences.
In practice, this means that there is no official church interpretation of creation, end times, predestination, spiritual gifts, and numerous other issues. On many topics, a particular understanding of Scripture may be common in the church, but other perspectives are not excluded. Individuals within our leadership and church may have convictions about a theological topic, but it is a secondary issue, and freedom is given to believe differently as long as the beliefs remain within the spectrum of biblical Christianity.
We believe the study of the Bible and the pursuit of truth are extremely important, but the distinguishing mark of Jesus’ followers is that they love one another. It is human nature to want to be right, and that is nowhere more true than in religious beliefs. Wars have been fought over religion. But living the truth of Scripture produces and attitude of love, grace and kindness toward those with differing conclusions. In the end, we don’t want to be so “right” that we’re wrong.
“May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6
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