What We Believe

These are the fundamental beliefs of the Ligonier Christian Church

We believe in the inspiration of the Scriptures as originally given and that they are infallibly and uniquely authoritative and free from error of any sort in all matters with which they deal (1 Corinthians 2:13). We believe that since the Bible is the inspired Word of God, it is then authoritative in all areas of human behavior, including marriage, family, sexuality, morality, and ethics (2 Timothy 3:16).

We believe in the Eternal Godhead who has revealed Himself as ONE God existing in THREE persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; distinguishable but indivisible (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

We believe in the creation, test and fall of man as recorded in Genesis; his total spiritual corruption and inability to attain his own righteousness apart from the grace of God (Romans 5:12,18).

We believe that sin is a falling short of God’s standard in action, thought, and character. All individuals are born innocent without sin but that each one becomes accountable at the point in which they can comprehend the difference between right and wrong. Sin affects their motivation, affection, will, and actions. The results of sin include spiritual separation from God, and spiritual death (Romans 3:10,23; 6:23; 14:23; James 4:17; 1 John 5:17).

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, fully God and fully man (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:18).

We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day, and personally appeared to His disciples (Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8).

We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, and that He will return “in the clouds” at His second coming (Matthew 24; Mark 16:19; John 14:2-3; Acts 1:9-11 Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 9:28).

We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain forgiveness of sins (Romans 5:11; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:12,22).

We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the name Jesus in order to fulfill the command of Christ, and to obtain the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38-39; 19:1-6).

We believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit is given at baptism which effectively “seals” the promise of redemption (Ephesians 1:14). We believe in the Spirit-filled life, a life of separation from the world and the perfecting of holiness in the fear of God as an expression of Christian faith (2 Corinthians 6:14; 7:1; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 5:18). Our desire is to discover each of our spiritual gifts (talents and abilities) and effectively use them to build up His Body, which is the Church (Ephesians 4:1-11). It is our belief that the spiritual gifts of laying on of hands and speaking in tongues (languages) have ceased with the passing of the Apostles of Jesus (1 Corinthians 13:8).

We believe in the Table of the Lord, commonly called Communion, or, the Lord’s Supper, for believers and practice it each Sunday as a part of our worship (Acts 20:7; Luke 24:30; Luke 22:19-20; Matthew 26:26-28).

We believe in eternal life for believers (John 3:16; 5:24) and eternal punishment for unbelievers.

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and eternal judgment of Satan and his angels.

The Family of God (Church) is the last instrument that God is using to extend His kingdom prior to the second coming of Christ (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:20-23; 3:10).

The local church is autonomous; it is self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating in its mature state (Acts 2; 13:1-4). The biblical form of church government is a plurality of elders with a Lead Minister who all qualify on the basis of 1 Timothy 3 in spiritual life, character, domestic life and ruling ability.

Every believer in Christ must be subject to God’s authority in a specific local church for spiritual protection and long-term fruitfulness (Hebrews 13:17).

The theological framework for understanding all of God’s dealings with mankind is to be found in the covenants revealed in Scripture. We believe in the public gathering of the Church each Lord’s Day (Sunday) for prayer, singing, communion, giving and preaching of the Bible in our worship (Acts 2; I Corinthians 11; Hebrews 10:25).