Longview Christian Church Central BeliefsThere is one God, who created all that is.

Jesus Christ is His unique, one and only Son born of a virgin. It is through Jesus alone that mankind can find salvation from sin and receive the gift of eternal life. Jesus died on the cross to pay the punishment for our sins. He was buried then arose from the dead. He ascended to be with God the Father and now intercedes for us in God’s presence. He will come again and take His church to be with Him for eternity. According to Acts 4:12 there is nowhere else that mankind can find eternal salvation.

The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity. As God the Holy Spirit has always been and was involved in the Creation. He continues to be involved in the lives of believers providing comfort, wisdom, understanding and guidance in living God-honoring lives.

The Bible is God’s Word that He has revealed to us. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit many different men through centuries wrote it. From the Bible we learn how to respond to God in faith and enter into a relationship with God through Jesus.

Jesus made clear that we enter into a saving relationship with Him through faith in Him as Lord and Savior. It means allowing Jesus to convert your life. You think and act in a new way with a new purpose for living. You live for the Lord and try to honor Him in all that you do.

Christ’s church is an essential part of the believers lives. The church is so important to the Lord that the New Testament likens the church to Christ’s bride(Ephesians 5). The relationship between Jesus and the church is that strong. The church is where believers learn to live in community. It is where we can rely on one another as we all grow in being like Jesus.

Salvation

John 3:16 is probably the most memorized verse in the New Testament.  “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16 (NLT) Jesus, God’s Son, went on to die on the cross for our sins. He was buried then raised to life three days later by the power of God (1 Corinthians 15:3ff). Following several weeks of appearing to hundreds of people He ascended to the side of God the Father (Acts 1:6-11).

The Apostle Peter preached the first Gospel message (good news about salvation in Jesus) in Jerusalem. People believed what was said about Jesus. The Book of Acts records: “Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’  Peter replied, ‘Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'”  (Acts 2:37–38 NLT)

Repentance

Repentance means making a complete change in lifestyle. It means deciding to live your life for the glory of God because you love Him so much you would rather live for Him than just for yourself. Baptism literally means being totally immersed in water in the name of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20).

After chapter two in Acts the growth of the early church is recorded. In many of the books subsequent  to Acts in the New Testament we read about how Christians are to live with each other and with those who do not know Jesus. The Holy Spirit constantly guides us, serves as our advocate, gives us peace and comfort as we try to be more like our Lord. Faith in the New Testament always involves trust in Jesus and obedience to Him. Obeying Him is not unpleasant because we love Him. “If you love me, obey my commandments.” John 14:15 (NLT)

Jesus taught that all of His followers are called to serve Him and His Kingdom. Every Christian has been given at least one spiritual gift to use in serving (ministering to) one another (1 Peter 4:10). Ministry is not just the responsibility of the paid church staff or the elders.