what we believe

LifeSprings USA

ABOUT THE TRIUNE GOD

There is one true God, the Creator and Ruler of the universe who has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM", the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself in three separate, unique and distinct persons with their own personality; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the Trinity). They are co-equal with no point of origin and have always existed together as infinite love that defies any human description, understanding or comprehension. Because they are love they trust one another without any hesitation and will do whatever the other asks. They desire to find those who will love and trust them as they love and trust each other. (Gen. 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Deut. 6:4; Isa. 43:10,11; Psalm 90:2; Matt. 28:19; 1 Pet 1:2;  2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Jn. 4:16, 5:7)

ABOUT THE FATHER

God the Father is an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. He is eternally co-equal with Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of human beings, hears and answers prayer, and saves from death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 16:23-27; Gal. 4:4-6)

ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is Eternal God the Son who willingly chose to humble Himself by becoming human through His virgin birth without ceasing to be God. He is eternally co-equal with the Father and is not His offspring. By living a sinless human life He 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 and ascended to Heaven's glory. He will return again to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. (Isa. 9:6; Matt. 1:22,23, 28:1-66; Lk. 1:28-35, 24:39; John 1:15, 14:10-30, 20:26-28; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 1:3,4; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 1:3,4;14-15, 6-8; Col. 1:20-22; Phil. 2:5-11; 1 Tim. 6:14,15; Titus 2:13; 1 Pet. 2:21-23; 1 Jn. 5:20)

ABOUT HOLY SPIRIT

Holy Spirit is eternally co-equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is not the "ghost", "apparition" or "spirit" of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives and dwells in every Christian, baptizes, imparts gifts as needed, and seals all Believers from the moment of salvation. He endows them with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Believer seeks to live daily under His control. (John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:12, 3:16; 2 Cor. 3:17; Eph 1:13, 5:1; Gal. 5:25)
              
ABOUT MANKIND

Mankind was originally created good and upright in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. Human Beings are the supreme object of God's creation. Although humans have a tremendous potential for good, they are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. Mankind, by voluntary transgression, fell and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. Humanity's only hope of rescue is through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. God's purpose concerning mankind is to seek and to save those who are lost, to be worshiped by them, and to build a body of believers in the image of Jesus Christ. (Gen. 1:26-31, Psalm 8:36; Isa. 53: 6a, 59:1,2; Rom. 3:23, 5:9, 12-19; 1 Pet. 1:18,19; Rev. 1:5 )

ABOUT SALVATION

Salvation is a gift from God and is received through faith in Jesus Christ. Human Beings can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works. Through repentance of sin people can be reconciled to God by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness and be saved from sin's penalty. Being justified by God's grace through faith, any person can become an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. Eternal life begins the moment a person receives Jesus Christ into their heart by faith. Those who have so trusted in Christ are indwelt by Holy Spirit and are enabled to live a godly life through submission to Him. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of Holy Spirit. The outward evidence of salvation is a life of righteousness and true holiness. (John 14:6; Rom. 6:23, 8:16, 10:9,10; Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 2:11-14, 3:5; Gal. 3:26,5:24; Ac. 20:21)

ABOUT ETERNITY

Human Beings were created to exist forever. There will be a final judgment in which those who have rejected the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ will exist eternally separated from God. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. Those who accept the free gift of eternal life are in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.  (Matt. 1:8, 2.44,46; John 2:25, 3:16, 5:11-13; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:15)

ABOUT FINAL JUDGMENT

There will be a final judgment for the unbeliever. They will appear before God and be sentenced to everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire. This judgment is not for Believers but for those who reject Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. (John 3:36; 1 Th. 1-9,10; Rev.20:11-15, 21-8)

ABOUT THE BIBLE

The Bible (both the Old and New Testament) is God's word to mankind. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance and verbal inspiration of Holy Spirit. It is the infallible and supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and the authoritative rule of faith and conduct. Because it is inspired by God it is truth without any mixture of error.  (Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; 2 Tim. 1:13, 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 1 Th. 2-13)

ABOUT THE CHURCH

The Church is the Bride and universal Body of Christ. All Believers are saints, united to Christ Jesus as their head, and are united to one another in His (agape) love which is greater than any difference they possess and without which they have no right to claim themselves Christians. (John 3:29; Rom.1:7,7:24;1 Cor.12:12,27; Eph.1:18,4:12; Rev.18:23,19:7,21:2,22:17)

ABOUT SANCTIFICATION

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil and of dedication to God. The Bible teaches that Christians are to live a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. By the power of God the Christian is able to obey the command, "Be ye holy, for I am holy". Sanctification is realized in the Believer by recognizing their identification with Christ in His death and Resurrection; by faith trusting daily upon the fact of that union; and by offering one's life continually to the dominion of Holy Spirit. (2 Chr. 30:12; Rom. Chapters 6 & 8, 12:1,2; 1 Th. 5:22,23; Heb. 12;14, 13:12; I Pet. 1:15,16; Phil 2:13)

ABOUT SUPERNATURAL GIFTS

Because Jesus is the giver of all gifts and is the same yesterday, today and forever, we believe that the Supernatural Gifts of Holy Spirit are for the Church today and are available to every Believer. The purpose of the gifts are for the glory of God, the benefit of all people and the edification of the Church. (1 Cor. 12:1-31; Eph. 4-11; Rom. 12-6-8)

ABOUT DIVINE HEALTH

Living in Divine Health is possible and healing for sickness and disease is available to all Believers who actively trust in Jesus Christ. (Ex. 15:26; Isa. 53:4-6; Ps. 103.-2-3; Matt. 8:16-17; 1 Pet. 2,24; James 5:14-16)

ABOUT WATER BAPTISM

All who repent and trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior should be baptized in water by immersion. Baptism does not bring about salvation. Rather, it is declaring to the world that they have died with Christ and have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matt. 28:19)

ABOUT COMMUNION

The Lord's Supper, known as Holy Communion, is a symbol, a memorial of the suffering and death of Christ, and is to be shared by all Believers in contemplative reverence with a repentant and forgiving heart until He returns. It consists of two elements; bread and the fruit of the vine.  (1 Cor. 11:23-34).