1 TIMOTHY 3:1-7
QUALIFICATIONS FOR OVERSEERS
3 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
1 PETER 5:1-4
SHEPHERD THE FLOCK OF GOD
5 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,[a] not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;[b] not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
God is the Creator and ruler of the Universe. He exists eternally in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God in three persons. (Genesis 1:1, 26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
WHO JESUS IS
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into heaven and will return to earth again to reign as our powerful King. (Matthew 1:22-25; John 1:1-5; 14:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
WHO THE HOLY SPIRIT IS
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He lives individually within those who believe in Jesus and corporately in the Church. He convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come. He is our Comforter, Guide, Teacher, Helper, and the One who gives us spiritual gifts for service and changes us into the likeness of Jesus. (1 Corinthians 6:19; 3:16-17; John 16:5-15; John 14:15-17; 15:25-26; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18)
WHAT THE BIBLE IS
The Bible is God's Word to all the people, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the rule of faith and practice for Christians. It is without error and contradiction. We seek unity in matters of faith, freedom in matters of opinion, and love in everything. It is through Scripture that we know God's will and Christ authority. (2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:15-21; John 13:34-35)
WHO PEOPLE ARE
We believe all people were created in the image of God (Imago Dei). All people are precious in His sight, but sin has now separated all of us from Him. Faith in Jesus , based on what He did for us at the cross, is the only way for people to be reconciled with God. Salvation, offered through Jesus is based on grace, and not merit. We cannot save ourselves. God offers this salvation to every person. We are free to accept or reject His salvation gift. Faith in Jesus calls for yielding and conforming our lifestyle to His will (repentance and obedience). baptism, as an act of faith, by immersion, demonstrates our response to God's gift. Anyone who is a born again child of God has the firm assurance and living hope that they will spend eternity with God in the new heaven and the new earth. (Isaiah 53:6; 64:6-7; Romans 3:23; John 14:6; Acts 4:8-12; Romans 3:25-26; John 3:16-18; Acts 2:38, 3:19, 8:26-38; 1 Peter 1:3-12; Revelation 21:1-4)
WHAT THE CHURCH IS
We believe the Church is the body of Christ on earth, His Bride, and the community of believers throughout the world. The local church is the hope of the world. The Church's supreme mission is to make disciples and its cultural mandate is to care for the world God has created. Membership at LaFontaine Christian church means anyone who has accepted God's salvation gift in Christ by faith. We simply seek to follow this expression of faith, as we understand it, in the New Testament:
Believe and Confess Jesus as Lord and Savior (Acts 16:31, Romans 10:9-10); Repent (Matthew 4:17, Acts 3:19); Be baptized by immersion (Matthew 3:13-17, Acts 2:38-41); Grow in Christ (2 Corinthians 10:15; Ephesians 4:16; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18)
WE ARE GROUP OF IMPERFECT PEOPLE FOLLOWING A PERFECT GOD...
AND WE HAVE TO HELP OTHER IMPERFECT PEOPLE DO THE SAME.
WHAT MAKES US LCC STRONG?
S: SEEK JESUS
T: TEACH THE WORD
R: REACH OTHERS
O: OPEN TO ALL
N: NAVIGATE LIFE TOGETHER
G: GIVE GENEROUSLY