There are black and white issues in the Bible that we have unity on. There are also gray areas in the Bible that allow for liberty in understanding the application for our lives today. The thing that we always want to make clear is that love toward each other needs to be the very thing that binds us together. Below is a statement that TLC desires to practice.

  • In essential beliefs- we have unity.
  • In non-essential beliefs- we have liberty.
  • In all beliefs- we have charity.

The Essentials we Believe

  1. About God.

God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

2. About Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus live a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to take Christians home with Him.

3. The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian form the moment of Salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved.

4. About the Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision in “What does the Bible say?” The Bible is the basis for all we believe.

5. About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of  God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude or action of disobedience toward God called “sin.” Sin separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

6. About Salvation

Salvation simply means that we are being saved from death for life. Salvation can only be found in Jesus Christ. We receive salvation through placing our trust in Him alone. As believers in Christ, we are called to confess our  faith, repent of our sins, be baptized and to live lives as faithful followers of Christ.

7. About Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with  Him is eternal life in heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.