Beyond the five, there is variation in doctrinal understanding at LifeSpring among Christians who all take the Bible seriously. Because of that, we seek to unite on the essentials and grant grace in the differences.
We commit to study the Scripture diligently in a spirit of love and grace. Together, as we seek His will, we trust God will guide us to a more accurate understanding of His Word and will make His church stronger, healthier, and more mature.
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. Belief in the inspiration of Scripture gives us a basis for knowing what to believe, a way to know the true nature of God, a dependable guide for our lives, and a basis for unity.
We believe in God, the creator of all things, as a “Trinity,” one God in three eternal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This may be the single strongest identifying belief of biblical faith. Included in belief in the Trinity is a recognition of God the Father and the deity of Christ (Jesus was God in the flesh, born of a virgin, dying as the sacrifice for our sins, and raised from the dead). We also affirm the person and work of the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to grow in Christlikeness.
We believe sin is the universal human problem. The essence of sin is self-centeredness and the rebellion that comes from it. 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.
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 life we can’t live, died the death we deserve as our substitute, and rose from the dead. We believe God saves us by grace through faith, but this free gift is not automatically applied to everyone. We must choose to trust and follow Jesus and respond through repentance, faith, confession, and baptism. In that way, we become disciples (followers) of Jesus.
Jesus is the King who came to bring His Kingdom here and now. He is at work right now restoring a broken world through the church, His Body. We join God in this work, eagerly anticipating and working towards the day when Jesus will intervene to right the wrongs of this world, bringing peace and justice. At his return, King Jesus will judge the world and destroy evil and death itself. He will redeem and restore His fallen creation. All things will be made new.
“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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LIFESPRING Community Christian Church
9850 Carolina Trace Rd. | Harrison, OH 45030