Gospel means good news and is the “matter of first importance” (1 Cor. 15:3). Though we are all sinners and deserving of eternal punishment, God sent His eternal Son to earth to live the perfect life that none of us could live, to die the death that we deserved to die because of our sins, and to rise again from the dead in victory. In light of what God in Christ has freely done for sinners, all who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ will be saved for all eternity. This is the best news!
The Sola Doctrines
We treasure the Sola Doctrines of the Protestant Reformation. Sola is a latin word, meaning “alone.” We believe that Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura) is our source of spiritual authority; that sinners are saved by grace alone (Sola Gratia), through faith alone (Sola Fide), in Christ alone (Solus Christus); and that all of this resounds to the glory of God alone (Soli Deo Gloria)!
Lakewood Confession of Faith
In addition to celebrating to celebrating the gospel and championing those doctrines that are foundational to the good news, a church must also teach “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) and instruct Jesus’ disciples to obey everything He commanded us (Matt 28:18-20), so that believers will become fully mature in Christ (Col 1:28). At Lakewood, our Confession of Faith is our official doctrinal position and the standard for our teaching ministries.