What are we about at Laurens Pentecostal Holiness Church?
GOD – God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matt. 28:19; I Pet. 1:2; II Cor. 13:14).
THE BIBLE – The Bible is God’s word to us. Human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error (II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; II Tim. 1:13; Psalm 119:105; Prov. 30:5).
HUMAN BEINGS – People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good in Christ, all of us are marred by the inclination against God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life, and is remedied by coming into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ (Gen. 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isa. 53:6; Rom. 3:23; Isa. 59:1-2).
JESUS CHRIST – Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus 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 to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Matt. 1:22-23; Isa. 9:6; John1:1-5; 14:10-30; Heb. 4:14-15; I Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Tim. 6:14-15; Titus 2:13).
THE HOLY SPIRIT – The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truths, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts for the upbuilding of the Church. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily (II Cor. 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 2:12; 3:16; Eph. 1:13; Gal 5:25; Eph. 5:18).
SALVATION – Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9; John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Gal. 3:26). How can someone find salvation?
ETERNITY – People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence (John 3:16; 2:25; 5:11-13; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:15; Matt. 1:8; 2:44-46).
CHURCH – Jesus Christ instituted the Church as His body and His representation here on earth; He is its head. After His death, burial, and resurrection, He commissioned His disciples to go and spread the Gospel message, making disciples. The church consists of all of these believers in Jesus Christ, from its inception until today — those who have repented of sin, been born again, and have received the gift of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:20; Acts 2:47; Eph. 5:32; Col. 1:18).