It has been said that those who believe nothing are doomed to fall for anything. When it comes to "religion" almost anything goes. In our world today, many "religious" groups change their beliefs just to conform to the prevailing winds of public opinion.
But Living Water isn't about "religion" and our beliefs don't change with the evening news. Living Water is about a relationship - a relationship with God's only Son - Jesus Christ. And we believe it is important for you to understand exactly what we believe and what we value.
Because we are committed to bringing the message of Jesus Christ's love and the Truth of God's Word to our community through the use of culturally relevant means we might do things a little different than traditional churches. However, when it comes to our basic beliefs, we are committed to being a Bible-based evangelical church. The following twelve statements affirm our beliefs regarding the Bible, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and humanity.
We believe that the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, that they are inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the supreme and final authority of all Christian faith and life.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, perfect and Holy, eternally existing in three equal yet distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-18; Matthew 28:19
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man in one person and that he eternally exists with the Father. He came to Earth having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He led a sinless life and died on the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of all humanity. He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of God he is our Prophet, Priest, and King.
John 1:1-14; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 John 2:1-2
We believe the Holy Spirit is fully God. The work of the Holy Spirit is to manifest the active and personal presence of God in the world and especially in the church. The Holy Spirit glorifies God, convicts unbelievers of sin, cleanses believers from sin, indwells, guides, instructs, and unifies believers for godly living and service.
Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; John 16:7-15
We believe that humanity was created in the image of God but willfully and voluntarily chose to sin by disobeying him. As a result of this disobedience, all humanity is now inherently sinful, lost, and completely separated from God. And it is only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit that salvation and spiritual life can be obtained.
Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3; Romans 5:12; John 3:3; Romans 10:9-13
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only grounds for justification and salvation for all who believe. All who confess Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior are justified solely by his work on the cross and are saved only by grace through faith in Him, not by any human merit or works.
John 3:16; Romans 5:1,8-9; Ephesians 2:8-9
We believe that the Lord's Supper and Believer's Baptism are ordinances to be observed by the church. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of salvation.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Matthew 28:19-20
We believe that the true Church, of which Christ is the Head, is composed of all persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Only those who are members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Ephesians 4:1-6; Romans 12:4-8
We believe that the purposes of the Church are to worship God; nurture believers; be united in Christ; demonstrate God's mercy, and evangelize the world.
Colossians 3:16; Colossians 1:28; Ephesians 1:4-6; Luke 6:35-36; Matthew 28:18-20
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and it is each local church's responsibility under Christ to decide, govern, and be held accountable for its affairs in accordance with the teachings of Scripture.
Ephesians 1:22-23; Titus 1:5-9; James 3:1
We believe Christ will personally return to the Earth in bodily and visible form and that his imminent return will be sudden.
Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 2 Peter 3:10
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead and a final judgment of both believers and unbelievers at which Jesus Christ will be judge. After this final judgment, believers will enjoy everlasting life in the presence of God while at the same time, unbelievers will be subjected to everlasting conscious punishment in hell.
Romans 2:5,16; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25:31-46