When the New Testament church was established in Acts 2, the Bible states that “they devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” The first characteristic of a healthy church is a devotion to the teaching of God’s word. At Lakewood, our mission is to “Grow People through God’s Word.” This means that we believe and teach the doctrines of the Bible. If we are to live as God expects, then we must believe and think on what God wrote. At Lakewood we hold to essential doctrines that are core to historic Christianity. These include:
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, that it is fully inspired in the original manuscripts, that it is without error and completely authoritative in all matters of life, faith, and practice.
We believe in the one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each being equal in divine perfection, distinct in respective function, and deserving precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience.
We believe in Jesus Christ: the Second Person of the Trinity, that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, suffered and died as the only acceptable substitute for the sins of man, rose again from the dead in bodily form, and ascended into heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father. We believe that in heaven He continues His priestly work as intercessor for the saints, and that at the end of the age He will return to the earth to reign as King.
We believe that man was created for God, by God, and in God’s own image, but that man sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death. Consequently, all human beings are born with a sinful nature, are sinners by choice, enemies of God, and are therefore under condemnation.
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith; that it is wholly a gift from God; that it is offered to all people based solely upon the atoning work of Christ on the cross; that all believing in Christ alone for salvation shall receive complete and final forgiveness of sins, the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from eternal condemnation.
We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ: that He will descend with His church and establish His glorious Kingdom over all nations for a thousand years, at the close of which He will raise the unrighteous for their final judgment.