About the Bible: We believe that God has given the Bible as His inspired, infallible, inerrant, and living Word. We are therefore committed to the complete trustworthiness and primacy of Scripture. The Bible is God’s relevant, profound, deeply personal communication to us that invites us to intimate fellowship with Him. The Scriptures consist of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. They are the totally sufficient, authoritative, and rule and guide of all Christian life, practice, and doctrine, and are profitable for glorifying God through growth in likeness to Christ which is our life purpose.
Ex. 24:4; Deut. 4:1-2; 17:19; Josh. 8:34; Ps. 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Is. 34:16; 40:8; Jer. 15:16; 36:1-32; Matt. 5:17-
18; 22:29; Lk. 21:33; 24:44-46; Jn. 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff; 17:11; Rom. 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Heb.
1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Pet, 1:25; 2 Pet. 1:19-21.
About the Triune God: We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Who know, love, and glorify one another. They are forever equal in nature, attributes, and perfection, yet forever distinct in Their relations to one another and distinct in Their particular relationships both to the creation and to the actions and processes of redemption. They are equally worthy of our worship, love, and obedience. This One true and living God is infinitely perfect both in His love and in His holiness. The Triune God, in affectionate sovereignty, sustains and rules over all things, providentially bringing about His eternal good purpose to redeem a people for Himself—to the praise of the glory of His grace.
About God the Father: We believe that God, as the Father, reigns over His entire universe with providential care, holy justice, and saving mercy, to His own glory. In His holy love, the Father is all-powerful, all-loving, all-knowing, and all-wise. He is fatherly in attitude toward all men, but Father, indeed, to those who have been made children of God through salvation in Christ.
Gen. 1:1; 2:7; Ex. 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff; 20:1ff; Lev. 22:2; Deut. 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chron. 29:10; Ps. 19:1-3; Is. 43:3,15; 64:8;
Jer. 10:10; 17:13; Matt. 6:9ff; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mk. 1:9-11; Jn. 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Rom. 8:14-15; 1
Cor. 8:6; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 4:6; Col. 1:15; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 11:6; 12:9; 1 Pet. 1:17; 1 Jn. 5:7.
About God the Son, Jesus Christ: We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, Who humbled Himself by taking on the form of a man by means of His virgin birth, becoming forever both fully human without ceasing to be fully God. We affirm that He lived a sinless life of active love and perfect wisdom. He died by crucifixion on the cross, by His shed blood and death making a vicarious, substitutionary atonement for our sins. After three days, He was resurrected bodily from the dead, unto an indestructible life. After appearing to His disciples and instructing them for forty days, He ascended to heaven. He is now seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for believers, reigning as King over all creation, and working in and through His Church. He will personally return in power and glory to judge the living and the dead, and to raise to immortality those who eagerly await Him, perfecting them in His image.
Gen. 18:1ff; Ps. 2:7ff; 110:1ff; Is. 7:14; 53; Matt. 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mk. 1:1;
3:11; Lk. 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; Jn. 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1
-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Rom. 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Cor. 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-
28; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; 8:9; Gal. 4:4-5; Eph 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thess. 4:14-18; 1 Tim. 2:5-6;
3:16; Tit. 2:13-14; Heb. 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Pet, 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 Jn. 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15;
5:9; 2 Jn. 7-9; Rev. 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.
About God the Holy Spirit: We believe that God the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father and the Son, has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ, and to convict and draw sinners to Christ. From the moment of spiritual birth, He indwells believers, individually and corporately, as their Helper. By the Spirit’s agency, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God’s family. He imparts new life to believers, placing them into the Body of Christ, transforming and empowering them for Christ like living, and sealing them until the day of redemption. He provides the power to understand and apply God’s truth in love. He is the source of power for all acceptable worship and ministry as He imparts a diversity of enabling gifts that equip God’s people for service.
Gen. 1:2; Judg. 14:6; Job 26:13; Ps. 51:11; 139:7ff; Is. 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matt. 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mk.
1:10,12; Lk. 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; Jn. 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3;
6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Rom. 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Cor. 1:22; 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13;
13:8; 14:21-22; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thess. 5:19; 1 Tim. 3:16; 4:1; 2 Tim. 1:14; 3:16; Heb. 9:8,14; 2
Pet. 1:21; 1 Jn. 4:13; 5:6-7; Rev. 1:10; 22:17.
About Satan: We believe that Satan was originally created a holy and perfect being, but through pride and wicked ambition rebelled against God, thus becoming utterly depraved in character, the great adversary of God and His people, leader of all other evil angels and wicked spirits, the deceiver and god of this present world. We believe that Satan’s powers are vast, but strictly limited by the permissive will of God who overrules all his wicked devices for good. Satan was defeated and judged at the cross, and therefore his final doom is certain. We are able to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God, by the blood of the Lamb, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, but when we do resist him in this way, he will flee from us.
Ez. 28:13-19; Is. 14:12-15; Jn. 8:44; 16:11; Eph. 2:2; II Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10
About Humanity—Creation: We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, male and female, and declared them “very good,” granting them all the capacities of image bearers. God created them to reflect and to enjoy His glory. They were created material and immaterial, physical body and spiritual soul, these qualities united and inseparably interdependent. They were created with a conscience able to discern good and evil; with the capacity to relate, think, choose, and feel in all the fruitfulness of wisdom. They were designed and commissioned to love God and one another, living in holy and devoted fellowship with God, and in loving, complementary relationship with each other. They were designed and commissioned to care for and govern His creation, working in and ruling over all creation as God’s faithful servants and stewards.
Gen. 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Ps. 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Is. 6:5; Jer. 17:5; Matt. 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Rom. 1:19-
32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Cor. 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Eph. 2:1-22; Col. 1:21-22; 3:9-11
About Humanity—Fall: We believe that because of voluntary sin against God, Adam and Eve fell from the actively good, sinless, and innocent state in which they were first created. They became self-willed, perverse, and transgressive against God and each other. Immediately they died spiritually and also began to die physically. Consequently, for them and all their progeny, the image of God was distorted and their nature depraved and corrupted in every aspect of their being (spiritually, socially, mentally, volitionally, and emotionally). All humanity is separated and alienated from God and thus spiritually dead—until God’s own gracious intervention. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to God; and the only hope of all human beings is to receive the undeserved grace of God in Christ. God alone can rescue us and restore
See Scripture references above under About Humanity - Creation.
About Salvation—Redemption: We believe that salvation is the gift of God by grace alone and is received through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is wholly conceived, accomplished, and applied by God’s sovereign grace. It is not, in whole or in part, conceived or accomplished by human will or works. We affirm that salvation is only through Christ, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved. Christ voluntarily took upon Himself the form of a man, was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin in nature, word, or deed. He honored the Divine Law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins. Jesus, having risen bodily from the dead, is now enthroned in Heaven serving as the all-sufficient Savior and the Mediator for His believer-priests.
Gen. 3:15; Ex. 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matt. 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Lk. 1:68-69; 2:28-32; Jn. 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36;
5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Rom. 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff;
5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Cor. 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Cor. 5:17-20; Gal. 2:20; 3:13;
5:22-25; 6:15; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Phil. 2:12-13; Col. 1:9-22; 3:1ff; 1 Thess. 5:23-24; 2 Tim. 1:12; Tit. 2:11-14;
Heb. 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Pet. 1:2-23; 1 Jn. 1:6-2:11; Rev. 3:20; 21:1-22:5.
About the Church: We believe that a New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers. We affirm that the local church is God’s primary instrument and context for His work today; that every believer should be an active member in a local assembly; and that the Christian community of the local church is the context where believers are mutually encouraged, equipped, and empowered to conform to the image of Christ through worship, fellowship, discipleship, stewardship, and ambassadorship (evangelism). The true mission of the Church is to bring God glory, as believers (individually and corporately) live consistent with the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
The New Testament also speaks of the church as the Body of Christ, which is composed of all redeemed persons from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation, living and dead, who have been joined to Christ and one another by the power of the Holy Spirit. Every true believer is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ and thus united in Christ to one another in unity and love across social, economic, and ethnic lines.
Matt. 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:2;
3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Eph. 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:18; 1 Tim. 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14;
Heb. 11:39-40; 1 Pet. 5:1-4; Rev. 2-3; 21:2-3.
About the Eternal State and the Restoration of All Things: We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ when His kingdom will be consummated. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust—the unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in hell, and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of Him Who sits on the throne and of the Lamb, in the new heaven and the new earth, the eternal home of righteousness. On that day, the Church will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering, and triumph of Christ; all sin will be purged and its wretched effects forever banished. God will be all in all, His people will be enthralled with Him, and everything will be done to the praise of His glorious grace.
Is. 2:4; 11:9; Matt. 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mk. 8:38; 9:43-48; Lk. 12:40,48; 16:19-26;
17:22-37; 21:27-28; Jn. 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Rom. 14:10; 1 Cor. 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Cor. 5:10; Phil. 3:20-21; Col.
1:5; 3:4; 1 Thess. 4:14-18; 5:1ff; 2 Thess. 1:7ff; 2; 1 Tim. 6:14; 2 Tim. 4:1,8; Tit. 2:13; Heb. 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Pet.
3:7ff; 1 Jn. 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Rev. 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.
About Evangelism and Missions: It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations.
Gen. 12:1-3; Ex. 19:5-6; Is. 6:1-8; Matt. 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18-30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20; Lk. 10:1-18;
24:46-53; Jn. 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph. 3:1-11; 1
Thess. 1:8; 2 Tim. 4:5; Heb. 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Pet. 2:4-10; Rev. 22:17.
About Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality: We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one natural born man and one natural born woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage as defined above.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including, but not limited to, adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Lakewood Park Christian School (LPCS) as a Body of believers in Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the students of LPCS and the community, it is imperative that all persons associated with LPCS in any capacity, including but not limited to, employees, volunteers, and parents of enrolled students, agree to abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We further believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of LPCS.
Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:18-25; Lev. 18:22; 20:10, 13; Prov. 6:32; Mal. 2:16; Matt. 5:27-32; 15:18-20; 19:7-11; Mk. 10:6-9;
Lk. 16:18; Rom. 1:26-32; 1 Cor. 6:9-20; 7:2-5; Gal. 5:19; 1 Tim. 1:8-11; Heb. 13:1-5; Jude 5-8; Rev. 21:8.
About Sanctity of Human Life: We believe that because humans were created in the image of God, human life has an inherently sacred attribute that should be protected, respected, and treated with dignity at all times.
We further believe that God is the sovereign Creator, and He alone has the authority and ability to give and take away life. While God gave humans the authority to kill and eat other forms of life, the murdering of other human beings is expressly forbidden, with the penalty being death.
We believe that life begins at conception. Therefore, abortion is unjustified and inexcusable murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the physical or mental wellbeing of the mother are acceptable.
We further believe that euthanasia is also unjustified and inexcusable murder. Our belief that rejects euthanasia would not forbid withholding or discontinuing medical procedures and practices that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome.
Although abortion and euthanasia are typically the first two issues that Christians think about when they think of the sanctity of life, our belief in the sanctity of human life should motivate us to combat all forms of evil and injustice that are perpetuated against human life. Violence, abuse, oppression, human trafficking, and many other evils are also violations of the sanctity of life.
Gen. 1:26; 2:18-25; 9:3-6; 19:5,13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4.
We recognize that there may be exceedingly rare cases where it is a medical certainty that the baby is not viable and that carrying the non-viable baby to term would severely threaten the mother’s life. In those extremely rare cases, we recognize that biblical sanctity of life principles may dictate preserving the mother’s life.
About the Christian and Social Order: All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.
Every Christian should demonstrate a spirit of love not only toward fellow believers, but also towards those who are not believers, those who oppose us, and those who engage in the sinful actions we oppose. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining justice. Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such sinful actions.
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other believers or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve such disputes. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice.
Ex. 20:3-17; Lev. 6:2-5; Deut. 10:12; 27:17; Ps. 101:5; Mic. 6:8; Zech. 8:16; Matt. 5:13-16,43-48; 22:36-40; 25:35; Mk.
1:29-34; 2:3ff; 10:21; Lk. 4:18-21; 10:27-37; 20:25; Jn. 15:12; 17:15; Rom. 12–14; 1 Cor. 5:9-10; 6:1-7; 7:20-24; 10:23-
11:1; Gal. 3:26-28; Eph. 6:5-9; Col. 3:12-17; 1 Thess. 3:12; Philemon; James 1:27; 2:8.
About God-Ordained Institutions: We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: a) the home, b) the church, and c) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God.
Gen. 1:27; 2:7; Matt. 6:6-7,24; 16:26; 22:21; Jn. 8:36; Acts 4:19-20; Rom. 6:1-2; 13:1-7; Gal. 5:1,13; Phil. 3:20; 1 Tim.
2:1-2; James 4:12; 1 Pet. 2:12-17; 3:11-17; 4:12-19.