The vision of Lakewood Chapel is to be a church that is excited about Jesus Christ and His life changing gospel.
What We Believe
About Our Living God
We believe there is One God, who is infinitely perfect, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 5:48, Matthew 28:19)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures, and He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His Kingdom, righteousness, and peace. (Philippians 2:6-11, Luke 1:34-38, 1 Peter 3:18, Hebrews 2:9, Romans 5:9, Acts 2:23-24, Hebrews 8:1, Matthew 26:64)
About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, sent to indwell, guide, teach, and empower the believer and and convince the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. (John 14:15-18, John 16:13, Acts 1:8, John 16:7-11)
About The Bible
We believe that the scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired word of God without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe that man was originally created in the image and likeness of God: he fell through disobedience, incurring physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from life with God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The fate of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment; and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss. (Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:23, 1 Corinthians 15:20-23, Revelation 21:8, Revelation 21:1-4)
We believe that salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God. (Titus 3:4-7)
We believe that it is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion. (1 Thessalonians 5:23, Acts 1:8, Romans 6:1-14)
About The Church
We believe that the Church consists of all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations. The local church is a Body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God; for edification through the Word of God; for prayer, fellowship, and the proclamation of the gospel; and for the observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-47)
About the Return of Christ
We believe that there shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life, for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment. We also believe the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This is the believer’s Blessed Hope and is a vital truth, which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23, John 5:28-29, Hebrews 10:37, Luke 21:27, Titus 2:11-14)