What We Believe

The Little Country Church accepts the Scriptures as the revealed Will of God, the all sufficient rule of faith and practice, and use it for the purpose of maintaining general unity. 


The Scripture

     The Bible is the inspired Word of God, written by the holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. Under the New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we believe the entire Bible (Old and New Testaments) to be our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. (2 Timothy 3:35-17, 1 Peter 1:23-25, 1 Thessalonians 2:13)


God

     There is one true God, manifested in three persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, all being co-equal. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in flesh, is the second person of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the third person in the Godhead, proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal. (Philippians 2:6, John 1:14, John 15:26)
 

The Holy Spirit

     All believers are entilted to and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit which comes with Salvation. This gift is from God and promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth (Matthew 3:11, John 14:16, Acts 19:1-7, Acts 2:4).


Man, The Fall, and Redemption

     We believe man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, created good and upright. Because of Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world resulting in a sin nature for further generations. "for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). We also believe as it is written, "There is none righteous, no not one" (Romans 3:10). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to bring about salvation to undo sin and did so through the giving of his life and shedding of his blood to redeem and restore man back to God. (Genesis 1:26-31)


The Salvation of Man

     (a) Man's Only Hope of Redemption is Through the Shed Blood of Jesus Christ - On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and provided salvation for all mankind. As a result, man is justified freely by God's Grace through the redemption that is in Christ. Jesus is THE way, THE truth, and THE life and none come to the Father except through him. (John 14:6).

     (b) Faith and Works - Salvation comes from man's faith in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior for the forgivness of sins. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works, however, good works are done as a result of New Life in Christ.


Water Baptism and The Lord's Supper

     Baptism in water is by immersion and a direct commandment from our Lord for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. 

     We believe in the observance of the Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements - bread and the fruit of the vine. It is symbolic of our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ; a memorial of His suffering and death and a prophecy of His second coming. (1 Corinthians 11:25-25,28)


The Church

     The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, Hebrews 12:23)


The Blessed Hope

     The angels said, "This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same ways you saw him go " (Acts 1:11). His coming is imminent. When He returns, "...the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air..." The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the blessed hope of the church. (I Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 2 Thessalonians 2:1)


Hell & Eternal Judgment

     The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. 

     Hell is literal. 

    The terms "eternal" and "everlasting" used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of  the joy the saints will have in the presence of God. (Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 19:20)

   The Millennial Reign of Christ; the return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scriptures promised. After this there shall be a new heaven and a new earth. (Romans 11:25,27, 2 Thessalonians 1:7, Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-7, 21)

 

 

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