Our Beliefs

Why is what a church believes and teaches so important?
What you believe to be true, that is, what you believe to be reality, shapes and determines:

  • Your idea of what a human being is, including the value of human life and the value of your own life

  •  What things in life you value whether they are relationships, material prosperity, money, fame, serving others, power or control, pleasing God, pleasures, or eternal honor and reward

  •  What your moral standards are, or even if there are any moral absolutes or none

  •  What you believe the purpose of your life is or should be

  •  And, what you think about God and your relationship to Him.

What you believe to be true, that is, what you believe to be reality, informs every important decision that you make in life. The impact of our beliefs as to what is real shapes who we are and how we live!
And what a church (or family or educational institution) teaches as truth or reality has the potential and power to shape people’s beliefs about reality – about God, the universe and humanity. LLBC is unapologetic regarding what we believe and teach because we believe truth is important and essential to know in order to enjoy the blessings of life that God so graciously intends for all of us.
The following are some of the most basic or foundational truths taught to us by God in His Word. The pastors and members of LLBC believe that it is our responsibility to teach these truths lovingly, patiently and persuasively. Believing and living lives guided by these truths will ensure God’s blessings and His best for our lives.
What We Believe and Teach

 

  • In his infinite wisdom and power and for his own glory, God created the universe, all things and all beings, visible and invisible.

  •  God created humanity in his own image so that He and humans could experience a personal relationship and also so that humans could reflect His glory.

  •  The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the absolute and supreme authority in all matters of faith and life.

  •  There is one God, a triune being existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – each and all are of the same divine essence and are co-eternal.

  •  The Father sent the Son who was born of a virgin thus becoming fully human while remaining fully God and who was distinguished in his humanity as Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Savior of the world.

  •  Jesus the Son of God willingly died as a sacrifice for the sins of all of humanity, paying the penalty of our sins and satisfying the justice of God so that it would be possible for each of us to be forgiven and restored to a right relationship with God our Creator.

  •  The physical resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his death was God’s powerful declaration that Jesus was the Son of God, that his sacrifice for sin was effective and that he would therefore have power and authority over sin and death.

  •  Jesus ascended to heaven and is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father in a position of highest honor and he has been given supreme and absolute authority in heaven and on earth.

  •  One day Jesus Christ will return to earth to rule and reign over the world as King of kings and Lord of lords in his everlasting kingdom of righteousness and peace.

  •  People who repent of their sin and trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior receive the free gift of eternal life, are brought into a right relationship with God and will enjoy eternal blessings and honor with him.

  •  People who refuse to trust in Jesus Christ and choose to live their own way will experience eternal separation from God and will perish eternally in just punishment for their sins.

Believer's Baptism

BAPTISM IS IMPORTANT FOR

THE CHRISTIAN!

Important because of our obedience to Christ:

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  When we love Jesus Christ we want to do what He says. Love and obedience include baptism.  Jesus was obedient to the Father and to fulfill all righteousness was baptized. The early Christians were baptized.  In Peter’s first sermon after Pentecost, he preached, “Repent and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jess Christ . . .  “ (Acts 2:38)

Obedience to Jesus Christ is a privilege, a joy, and also a responsibility (I John 2:3-6).  More important than our personal ideas about baptism is our Christian commitment to please Jesus Christ.  And, Jesus commanded us to be baptized!

What you should know?

“Therefore make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19,20)

Important because of our testimony to others:

Baptism is a testimony of our conversion to Jesus Christ. In God’s Word, baptism always demonstrates belief in Jesus Christ. First comes faith and then comes baptism as an outward symbol of faith. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9); therefore baptism is not necessary for salvation; however, salvation is necessary before baptism.  In baptism we are telling others that we are that we are now Christians, we are followers of Jesus. Baptism is a testimony of the gospel story. “… having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12). Baptism is a witness (an acting out) of the gospel story – Christ died and we are dead to sin though salvation; Christ was buried and we are burying our old sinful life; Christ was raised and we are raised to a new life in Christ.

When Jesus died, was buried and rose again He was buried in the ground.  Baptism is a drama reenacting what Jesus did for us -- only it is in water and only for a few seconds.  That’s why we practice baptism by immersion at Lynn Lane Baptist Church. The Christian is completely immersed in water in order to follow the Bible’s practice as closely and meaningfully as possible.  “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life”  (Romans 6:3-4). Most Lynn Lane Baptist Church baptisms are conducted in a pool in the Worship Center, (although several outdoor baptismal times are scheduled each summer at various locations.

Baptism is a testimony of our identification. The original Bible word (in Greek) babtizo literally means “to dip, to plunge, to place into a liquid.”  Just as a cloth placed into a vat of dye is “identified” with the dye, so in baptism a Christian is identified with Jesus Christ. You have “…clothed yourselves with Christ…” (Galatians 3:27)

We also identify with the church (the body of Christ), “for we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free and we were all given the one Spirit to drink” (1 Corinthians 12:13). Our baptism is a powerful testimony to others.

Important because of what baptism communicates:

Biblical baptism is a commitment. Jesus said, “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:32,33). Baptism is a great expression of Christian Discipleship.

Biblical baptism involves us with God’s people–the church.  When we are baptized we are declaring our participation in the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:1-4).  There is a mutual responsibility; the individual is responsible to submit to and love the church; and the church is responsible to love and nurture the one baptized.

Biblical baptism is a submissive act.  When we are baptized, we are humbly admitting that we are sinners who can’t forgive our own sins.  We admit we need Jesus Christ as Savior. It is an act of submission to God to be baptized in front of witnesses.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Not a believer?

First and foremost, be sure to investigate who Jesus Christ is and receive Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life.  “That if you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  (Romans 10:9)

A believer but never biblically baptized?

Decide to be baptized.  Your decision will obey and please Jesus Christ.  To be baptized at LLBC, check “baptism” on your Sunday information card speak to one of the pastors or call 918.234.3817.

Believer’s baptism is held at least once every other month at LLBC.  Upon your inquiry, you will be contacted.

A believer and biblically baptized?

Remember your baptism with delight!  Recall the vows and testimony of your baptism.

 

How To Become a Member of Our Church Family

 

Everyone is a welcomed guest at LLBC and we are delighted for our guests to worship and fellowship with us. Your attendance gives us the opportunity to become acquainted and for you to consider making a commitment to become a member of our church family. 

Relationships are the fabric of our lives. Our relationship to God, to our family and to our friends is vital and enriching. Another important relationship is our relationship with other members of God’s family – our relationship with a church family. A genuine part of living in a relationship to God is a commitment to His family. The tangible and practical way that is done is by being a part of a church family.

As a church family we commit ourselves to live under the lordship of Jesus Christ. We are committed to love and support one another. We are committed to grow spiritually together. We are committed to living lives that will bring glory to God. And we are committed to the cause of sharing the good news of God’s love and saving grace with our neighbors and the world. 

Should you choose to consider becoming a part of the LLBC church family, you may ask, “How do I do that? How can I become a part of the LLBC church family?” 

After reading this brochure, the first thing you would need to do is to indicate on the Communication Card or by coming forward during the invitation toward the end of the service that you are interested in visiting with us about becoming a member. One of our pastors and one of our ministry leaders will meet with you to listen to the testimony of your faith in Christ and to answer your questions. 

Then on the next Sunday you will be presented to the church family after the invitation and the church family will indicate their affirmation of you becoming a member. 

When you are presented for membership, it will be on the basis of one of the following:

By Profession of Faith and Baptism

If you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, or if you have already done so, but you have never been baptized as a confession of your faith and as a commitment to follow him as his disciple, you will be joyfully received as a member, which will become official when you are baptized.

By Letter from Another Baptist Church

If you are currently a member of another Baptist church our Church Clerk will notify your former church and request a letter of recommendation. That letter will then validate your membership with our church family.

By Statement of Faith

You may become a member if you are not currently a member of a Baptist church and you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior in the past. Also, you have been baptized by immersion by a Christian church that believes and teaches the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, especially faith in the gospel of the new testament and in the Trinity of God,

If you have any questions or would just like to talk to someone regarding our process to become a member, please feel free to contact one of our pastors and they will be delighted to answer all your questions.

 


 

 
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