Lighthouse Baptist Church exists to...
PROCLAIM JESUS CHRIST
Why is the proclamation of Christ at the heart of all we do at Lighthouse? The answer is simple: because it is at the heart of all God’s activity. God has revealed himself in his Word not as a generic impersonal force, but as a triune God with a specific plan to redeem humanity through the person and work of Jesus Christ. For in Christ “all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself” (Col 1:19-20).
SO THAT PEOPLE ARE TRANSFORMED
Colossians 1:21-22 "And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:"
Christianity is not static. It is active and dynamic. God seizes the heart of an unbeliever and transforms them into someone who, through faith in Christ, loves God and others. But even after conversion a person’s character, thoughts, and behavior continue to change. Slowly and consistently a believer is renewed by the hearing of God’s Word (Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 3:18). Our public and personal ministries, therefore, are centered upon the Word of God.
AND GOD IS EXALTED
People being transformed into worshippers and followers of Christ is ultimately for God’s glory (Phil 1:11, 2:11). The entire plan of redemption is intended to bring maximum glory to the Most High God, who delights in displaying both his mercy and his justice at the cross of Christ. What this means in real life is that God must be most important in every aspect of daily living. Our jobs, our hobbies, our academic pursuits, our goals, even our relationships, are secondary to God. 1 Cor 10:31, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." Our ultimate goal at Lighthouse is that God would be glorified in all things.
We are a Bible believing Baptist church which means that we believe the basic Bible doctrines for which Baptists have historically stood. We make no apologies for being Baptist and don’t try to hide that fact by taking the word out of our name. We are Baptists by conviction and principle, not by affiliation.
As Baptists we believe:
The Bible is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice.
The church should be autonomous or self-governing.
The believer does not need a priest other than Jesus Christ to come boldly to God.
Every Christian has equal access to God personally.
God’s Word gives us two ordinances for the church - baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Each person is individually responsible for his decision to accept Christ.
The believer is eternally secure and cannot lose their salvation.
We are an independent church, which means we are not affiliated with any particular board or ruling body. Because of this we can support our own missionaries, select our own leaders, and support institutions that believe as we believe. Our church answers to the headship of Jesus Christ rather than a denominational body.
We are a non-charismatic church which means we do not practice speaking in tongues, faith healing, sensationalism, or believe in extra-biblical revelation. While there are many people who prefer to worship this way, we choose to worship in ways that we feel to be consistent with God’s Word and His plan for this church.
Our music is traditional and conservative. We still like to sing the old hymns our grandparents used to sing because there is so much doctrine in those anointed songs. We may mix in some choruses here and there, but the hymnal gets used every service. During the preaching and music service it’s not uncommon for folks to lift a hand in worship or say “amen.”
The main focus of each service is the preaching of God’s Word. Our Pastor or a guest speaker will give a Bible message that addresses the problems of life. We believe the Bible has the answer to every problem and the power to comfort, correct, or instruct every need.
Below are some resources that will give you an idea of how we think about church membership, how a church should be organized, what doctrines we think to be essential and important for the church, and more. Click the icon to read more.
Church Membership Covenant
Whereas our Statement of Faith states the foundational beliefs we hold in common as a church, our covenant lays out the promises we make to one another in terms of how we will live together as a church. The covenant seeks to provide accountability for our biblical responsibilities toward one another as fellow members.