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When we read the Gospel—the good news that Jesus told us (that God loves us, has new life for us, and has the power to bring us into that life)—we see something far more wonderful than just “trying hard to be good.” We see that God is inviting us to know Him, love Him, be saved by him, and be transformed by Him. Our vision for following Jesus at LBCF is learning to live and love as disciples of Jesus.

To us, this means three things. We are being grounded in the love of God, which produces healing and transformation. We are being filled with the Holy Spirit, which leads us to new life shared in community. And we are being sent to know, love, and serve others, which calls us into mission.

HEALING & TRANS-FORMATION

“don’t worry, it hurts in a good way”

Healing and transformation happen as we come to know and become grounded in the love of God. Jesus was rooted and grounded in the love of God, his Father. He was confident and at peace, no matter how crazy life was, no matter how busy the world around him was, no matter what painful or traumatic stuff happened to him, because he knew the love of his Father.
We believe that as people come to Jesus they are not only saved, they are also healed and changed. They are able made able to receive the love of God in a way that quite literally transforms them. The way they think changes. They way they love changes. This journey can be painful. For sure, it will be messy. For sure, it will be challenging. But the rewards are beyond measure.

 

COMMUNITY

“love one another”

The Spirit of God leads us into new life as we follow Jesus.  We know that Jesus himself was filled with and empowered by God’s Holy Spirit.  He listened to God’s voice through the Holy Spirit.  He had power to live well and abundantly through the presence of God’s Spirit on and within him.  And he did this in the context of community.  Community is the place where we are honest with each other, even when it’s raw.  We bring our joys, we bring our struggles, we bring our doubts.  We speak truth.
We embrace conflict, even when we want to run away.  We learn to live authentically, without hiding, without masks.  It is in community that we live out the Jesus’ invitation into new life.  We only experience that new life as we experience it with each other.  This is perhaps why Jesus said, “The world will know you are my disciples by how you love one another.”  (John 13:35).  Jesus calls us to wash each other’s feet.  It’s in loving and serving one another that Jesus’ good news becomes tangible in our lives.

 

MISSION

“it’s one thing to say it, another to live it”

Jesus lived a life focused on others. He didn’t climb an ivory tower to stare at his own navel or waste his life away in endless self-focus. Jesus demonstrated what it means to love, care, and serve others. Jesus was in relationship with friends and family and with all sorts of people who crossed his path. Jesus lived with his eyes outward.
We use the word mission—a word that connotes direction and purpose and meaningfulness—to describe a life lived outwards. Mission is simply living with our eyes outwards, focused on others, being in relationship, knowing and caring for those God gives us to love.

These three values—healing and transformation, community, and mission—anchor everything we do at Long Beach Christian Fellowship. As God leads us deeper into these values, we find ourselves being transformed by His grace and mercy to live and love like Jesus.

Other things that are near and dear to our hearts:

Worshipping God with passion
Being down to earth (not using alienating spiritual or insider language)
Being okay with messiness
Family
Aspiring to be what some people call “naturally supernatural.” That means seeking the leading and power of the Holy Spirit but also being okay talking about baseball and Long Beach Pizza Co. (or wherever you like to eat), art, fashion, and movies. In other words, we believe everything is spiritual, and we don’t have to pretend to be “super spiritual.”
Creativity
Living unhurried lives. We embrace rest, limits, and mindfulness in the midst of life’s busyness
Finding beauty in the ordinary

Things we hear people say about LBCF:
“Wow, the people here really love each other!”
“There’s so much warmth here”
“This is a safe place to have doubts”
“This is a safe place for people who’ve been hurt by religion”


DOCTRINE

We Believe…

Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the Son of God; He was eternally preexistent with the Father and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity.  He became incarnate as the virgin-born Savior of the world; that by His sinless life, atoning death on the Cross, and through His bodily resurrection He completed God’s sole plan for the redemption of fallen humanity; Jesus is the King of Glory, who is now ascended to the right hand of God as His Majesty on high, where He ever lives to make intercession for us, and from whence He will yet return to earth again to reign in righteousness.

(Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1, 10:36 -38; Acts 1:9-11, 2:33 -36; 1 Cor. 15:3-5; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb.7:24-26, 9:26 )

These truths are revealed in the Holy Bible, which is the Holy Spirit-inspired Word of God contained in the books of the Old and New Testament; that the Word is the conclusive and final authority provided to humankind, revealing the ultimate Way, the Truth, and the Life–Who alone can satisfy our need and hunger.

(Matt 5:8; John 5:39, 14:6; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 3:16-17)

The Scriptures join with God’s revelation of Himself in His Messiah and in His Creation to show us the goodness and glory of the Eternal Godhead– Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Creator and Sustainer of all things visible and invisible, as revealed in the scriptures; the everywhere present, almighty, all-knowing, all-loving One, whose benevolent laws have framed humankind’s promise and potential, and whose redeeming grace alone provides for humankind’s salvation and restoration.

(John 1:3, 14:16-21, 26, 16:12-15; Rom. 1:20; Col. 1:16-17; 1 Tim. 1:17, 2:3-6; Titus 2:11; Heb 1:1-3; John 4:15-16; Rev. 1:8)

The Gospel is the full message of His salvation and restoration; announcing that forgiveness of sin, restoration unto the Father’s will, and the promise of eternal life are available through repentance and faith in Jesus the Savior; that this faith brings new birth into the Kingdom of God whereby the Creator’s loving purpose for each individual may be realized by the power of the Holy Spirit.

(John 3:3-7; Acts 16:31, 26:17-20; Rom. 1:16, 10:8-10, 13; Titus 3:5-7; Heb. 6:1-2)

The Church is constituted of all those who have believed and received the Gospel; that the global Church’s essential unity is to be rooted in our mutual acknowledgement of the Saviorhood and Lordship of Jesus the Messiah; that each community and ethnicity within the global Church should receive the respect and acceptance of the other, allowing one another the liberty of doctrinal distinctive, cultural uniqueness, or ministry emphasis in the spirit of love and brotherhood.

(John 13:34 -35, 15:12 -13; Acts 2:36 ; Rom. 15:7; 1 Cor. 8:1-3, 12:3; Gal. 3:26-29; Eph.2:19-23, 4:1-6; 1 Thess. 4:9-12; 1 John 4:7-21)

The whole Church is commissioned by Her Lord to take the whole Gospel to the whole world; declaring the message that all may be reconciled to God in Jesus’ Name; that even as Jesus, the Son, was sent as our Redeemer from heaven, the Holy Spirit has been sent to enable the living Church to spread this good news, to minister the love of God in every way consistent with His will and truth.

(Matt. 5:13-16, 24:14, 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:18-21)

The fullness of the Holy Spirit is the fountainhead of the Church’s capacity for witness and ministry; that as the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, Jesus Himself directs each of His own to receive His power from on high, that each being filled today in the same way as the earliest believers we may work the same works today, in Jesus’ Name; that the gifts, fruit, and power of the Spirit are essential for the Gospel of the Kingdom to be preached to all the world for a witness, and then the end shall come.

(Matt. 3:11, 24:13; Luke 3:16, 24:48-49; John 14:12, 20:21 -23; Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4; Rom. 12:5-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Gal. 5:22-23)

According to the Scriptures, the end of all things is at hand; that vital believers will always balance their care and service of life’s most practical daily issues with their warm expectation of the imminent return of their Savior from heaven; that at His return He will judge the living and the dead according to the righteousness of God, each one receiving their just reward of either eternal gain or eternal loss.

(John 5:28 -29; Rom. 14:10 -12; 2 Tim. 4:1; 1 Peter 4:7; 2 Peter 3:11-14; 1 John 3:2-3; Rev. 20:11-15)

The above affirmations of faith are founded on the revelation of God’s Word and are reaffirmed in the following statements:

  • We believe in the Trinity of the Eternal Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, perfect in unity as Creator, Redeemer and Restorer of Humankind.
  • We believe in the plenary verbal inspiration of the Bible: The completed canon of the Old and New Testaments.
  • We Believe in the creation of the universe, the fashioning of earth for human habitation, and the historicity of primeval history as presented in the scriptures.
  • We believe in the literal existence of the devil: In the reality of the invisible war against demonic hosts who seek to tempt and separate humankind from the Father.
  • We believe in the gospel of salvation through the Cross: That humankind is lost without Jesus the Savior, whose atoning blood and substitutionary death alone provide forgiveness for and justification from sin and provide eternal life.
  • We believe in the literal reality of each: The virgin birth, reconciling death, bodily resurrection, personal ascension and promised Second Coming of Jesus the Messiah.
  • We believe in the essential unity of the Church under the Saviorhood and Lordship of Christ: With a commitment to respond to His prayer “that they may be one” in the Spirit of humility and love.
  • We believe in the Savior’s great commission: Go into all the world preaching the Gospel, baptizing and making disciples.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit’s gifts and works of power in and through the Church: Beginning with the believer’s receiving the Baptism with the Holy Spirit as at the beginning.
  • We believe the Bible points to the fundamental equality of women and men, pointing to a “One-ness” in Christ (Galatians 3:28) that supersedes gender, race, class, or age.   This does not mean that there are no differences between men and women or the masculine and the feminine, but rather these differences do not mark out only one or either gender for participation in any spiritual gifting or leadership office.
  • We believe in showing love and good works toward all humanity: In serving human need, that the Gospel not be reproached, and that God’s love be seen in practice as well as proclamation.
  • We believe in the final judgment of all humankind: Into eternal union or eternal separation from God; ministering in this life with the passion of those who believe that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

(Adapted and used with the permission of The King’s Seminary 11/2000)