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What We Believe

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1. The Bible. The Bible is without error, God the Holy Spirit is the source of the
Bible in it’s entirety. It is therefore, sufficient as the first and final authority
of our faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21).
2. God. There is one God, and within the one essence of one God, co-exists three
persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. They are co-equal & co-eternal in
power (both ability and authority) scope, essence and nature (Gen. 1:1; Matt.
28:19-20; Acts 5:3-4; Col. 1:13-16; 2:9; Heb. 1:1-3).
God created the entire world and all in it in six literal days. On the sixth day he
created Adam, the first man. He then created a suitable helpmate for him, Eve.
Through their disobedience to God, sin, the falling short of God entered the
world(Genesis 1-3). In God’s time (Gal. 4:4), Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, was
born of a virgin birth. The purpose of his life was to live a life as an example for
all of mankind (I Peter 2:21-24, Phil. 2:6). When his earthly ministry work was
done, he allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross in order to atone (pay for) the
sins of all humanity as a sufficient sacrifice. Three days later, He was bodily
resurrected and ascended into Heaven. Currently, He resides in heaven as a High
Priest and Advocate, for all that believe in His deity, the fact of His death and
resurrection. (Romans 10:9-10, Matt. 1:20-23; II Cor. 5:21; I Cor. 15:3-4; Acts
1:9; Romans 8:34).
3. Mankind is Born in Sin. Man was created in spiritual image of God, which allows
man to communicate understand and be understood by God in ways that no other created
being is able to experience. However, through Adam in the Garden of Eden, man
disobeyed God and thereby incurred spiritual death, which is separation from God,
and also physical death as a consequence; and that all mankind are born sinners by
nature and practice (Gen. 1:26-27; Romans 5:12-19; 7:15-21).
4. Saved from the Power of Sin by Christ. Rooted in love and as a result of the sin
condition of mankind, Jesus Christ died to release us from the power and authority
of sin (Romans 6:6 We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that
our old self was crucified with him in order that our body of sin might be brought
to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.). He did so be becoming a
vicarious, substitutional sacrifice, and now all who believe in Him are in right
standing (righteous/justified) with God, on the basis of His shed blood, and are
born of The Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God (Romans 5:8-9; I Cor.
15:3; II Cor. 5:21; Romans 3:24-26; John 1:12; John 3:3-6).
Believers in Jesus Christ as God and His atoning work on the Cross are born again by
The Spirit of God have eternal life and can never lose their salvation (John
10:27-30; Romans 5:1-11; Romans 8:28-39; I John 5:11-13).
Christians are not under the Law but that the grace of God, which makes a lifestyle
of obedience to God possible (John 14:15; Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:1; II Peter
3:18).
The Holy Spirit indwells, seals, and gives spiritual gifts to every believer; and
that He guides, fills, teaches and enables every believer to do the will of God as
the believer trusts and obeys The Spirit (John 14:15-31; 15:26; 16:7-15; Romans 8:9;
I Corinthians 112:7-11; Galatians 5:16-18; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18; I John 2:27).
The “sign gifts” of The Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of
healing, were temporary during the beginning days of the church. The original
purpose of speaking tongues was to testify to those of other languages about “the
mighty works of God” (Acts 2:5-12). Our review of Scripture sees the use of the
miraculous gifts wane as the church became more established. While we do not limit
what God is able to do, we do not expect the speaking of tongues as a normal every
day occurrence in this age. Rather, the work of testifying and spreading the gospel
is now the responsibility of those in the Body of Christ – us the church of God (I
Corinthians 14: 1-40; Ephesians 2:20; Hebrews 2:3-4).
The ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation
of our salvation in the resurrection (I Cor. 15:50-54; II Corinthians 12:7-10).
We Believe that God frequently chooses to answer the prayer of believers for
physical healing (James 5:14-18).
5. The Church. The church is a family of likeminded believers united as one body by
common faith, love and desire to worship Jesus Christ. The mission is to bear one
another’s burdens, to spur each other toward spiritual maturity, and to serve the
Lord by building and overseeing a righteous kingdom of God (Acts 1:8; I Corinthians
12:13; Ephesians 1:3-4, 4:4-16).
Elders – Serve to assist the Pastor in the maintaining of the spiritual integrity of
the church.
Deacons – Acts 6 is generally accepted as the beginning of the office of deacons in
the church. Their role was to assist the ministry through service. Therefore,
deacons will spearhead and/or co-ordinate service and outreach components of the
church.
Trustees – Trustees are responsible for the maintenance of the physical church
building.
6. Stewardship. Out of the abundance of a grateful heart Christ followers are called
to be generous givers of God in three ways: Our Time. Our Talent. Our Treasure.
Members of LongView are expected to willingly contribute their time and talent to
building up the ministry through some level of service and ministry. Specifically in
regards to giving, LongView believes that financial giving to the cause(s) of the
Lord is a large part of one’s personal relationship with the Lord and should be done
systematically (weekly) and in accordance with how God has blessed us (I Corinthians
16:1-2). We see the tithe (10% of income) as the beginning of our giving, not as a
religious legality but born out of our love for Christ and as a significant
spiritual discipline. While we strongly encourage and teach each member to become a
tither, it remains a part of one’s individual relationship with Christ, and God who
sees in secret, rewards in secret (Matthew 6:1-4, Mark 12:41-44). Therefore,
neither the Pastor nor leadership of LongView Bible monitor an individual’s giving
to determine a members faithfulness.
7. Second Coming of Christ. There is a day and time, which no one knows, where Jesus
will come back to earth and gather those that believe in Him and “rapture” them out
of the world. It will be a personal, physical return. First, those believers that
have died (physically) will be called from their resting place whether in grave,
sea, or wherever they may be to meet Jesus in the clouds. Next, those Christians
that are alive, will be taken up in the clouds. Together, both the living and dead
Christians will be take from the clouds, up to heaven. Once, all Christians are
securely into heaven, Christ will return to the earth and judge those that have not
accepted Him for their wickedness and sin.
Christ will then establish His earthly kingdom which will last for 1,000 years. Then
comes the final judgment of sin and Satan (I Thess. 4:13-18; Dan. 9:24-27; I Thess.
5:9; Rev. 3:10; Matt. 24:5-21; Rev. 6:1-19, 21; Isa. 11:1-20; Rev. 29:11-21, 20:1-3,
11-15, 21:1-22:5).