WHAT WILL YOU FIND
AT LAKE SHORE DRIVE CHURCH OF CHRIST?
What do you know about the people who compose Lake Shore Drive Church of Christ other than it is the church on the hill with the message sign out front? What would you find if you visited the services? You will find people who believe the following things.
WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD.
"All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16,17). Since faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17), it is of the utmost importance to read and study the word of God. That is what we do in our classes and from the pulpit.
WE BELIEVE WORSHIP OF GOD MUST BE IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.
"God is spirit, and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). To worship any other way is to be in violation of what the Scriptures reveal. In our worship services there is.....
- Preaching. A message from the word of God is proclaimed.
- Singing. Our singing is congregational and without the use of instruments of music.
- Praying. Prayer is a vital part of individual and congregational life.
- Observing the Lord's Supper. Communion is observed each first day of the week as a proclamation of the Lord's death until He comes once again.
- Giving. We contribute of our means in a free-will offering upon the first day of each week.
WE BELIEVE JESUS IS THE CHRIST AND THE SON OF GOD.
Jesus is declared to be the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:3). God made the same Jesus which was crucified both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36). The apostle Peter confessed Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:17). The things that were written were written so that people might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31). To refuse to believe, in spite of all the evidence, is to die in sin (John 8:24).
WE BELIEVE IN THE TRUTH.
Jesus said that you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). There is the truth; the truth can be known, and the truth will make one free. Since it is possible to err from the truth (2 Timothy 2:18), it is necessary to rightly divide the word of truth ((2 Timothy 2:15).
WE BELIEVE IN THE JUDGMENT.
It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). God has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by the one whom He has ordained, and God has given assurance unto all men in that He (God) has raised Him (Jesus) from the dead (Acts 17:31). For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10).
WE BELIEVE THE CHURCH IS IMPORTANT.
The church shows the manifold wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10). Unto God be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages (Ephesians 3:21). All the forces on earth and in heaven cannot prevail against the church (Matthew 16:18).
WE BELIEVE IN THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD.
Jesus is coming again! We look for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). When He comes, He will come with the clouds, and every eye shall see Him (Revelation 1:7). We watch, for no man knows the day or the hour in which He will come (Matthew 25:13). Only the Father knows when His Son will return (Matthew 24:36).
WE BELIEVE ALL HAVE SINNED.
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). If one says he has not sinned, he makes God a liar (1 John 1:10). Sin produces death (Romans 6:23).
WE BELIEVE IT IS POSSIBLE TO BE MADE FREE FROM SIN.
But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart the form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness (Romans 6:17,18). It is one thing to be dead in sin and another thing to be dead to sin (Romans 6:2 and Ephesians 2:1). It is the difference between being lost and saved.
These are a few of the things the members of Lake Shore Drive Church of Christ believe. Please do not take these things as an official creed or as an exhaustive list of the things we believe.
One more thing.
WE LIKE VISITORS.
This is our invitation to come and visit. Check us out. We will treat you as honored guests. There are other friendly congregations, but there is not one any friendlier than Lake Shore Drive Church of Christ.
January 28, 2007