Lake Murray Evangelical Church

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What We Believe

Following is the stated doctrine of Lake Murray Evangelical Church

The Bible

We believe that the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments were inspired by God in their original manuscripts (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  Because the Bible is the Word of God, it is inerrant in all matters on which it teaches and to which it refers (John 17:17).  The Bible is the infallible guide and the absolute authority for governing the affairs of mankind.



We believe that there is one living and true God to whom is due the worship and obedience of all creation (Deuteronomy 6:5).  Although God is one in essence, He eternally exists in three distinct persons of equal perfection:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14).



We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man (John 10:30), that He was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23), that He lived a sinless life, died a vicarious and atoning death (2 Corinthians 5:21), that He was resurrected from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-3), that He ascended bodily into heaven and that He presently intercedes on behalf of believers (Hebrews 7:25).


The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells all who repent of their sin and accept Jesus Christ by faith (Acts 2:38; Romans 8:9).  The Holy Spirit regenerates (John 3:5-8, John 16: 7-11), seals, teaches, and helps believers (Ephesians 1:13; John 14:16-17).  The Holy Spirit also bears witness to Jesus Christ (John 15:26).



We believe man was created by a direct act of God and in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).  The human race was plunged into sin by Adam’s disobedience of God’s command (Romans 5:12).  As a result of Adams’s choice, each one of us is a sinner by birth (Romans 3:23).  Sin has corrupted man to the depths of his inner being (Jeremiah 17:9; Ephesians 2:1-3; Genesis 2:16-17).



We believe that man is unable to save himself from the guilt and punishment of sin and is in need of deliverance available only though Jesus Christ (John 3:16), who died for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).  Faith in Christ as Savior is the only way of salvation (John 14:6).  There are no works that can earn salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Once received Salvation is eternal (John 10:27-30; Romans 8:35-39).


Last Things

We believe in the bodily return of Jesus Christ to the earth (Acts 1:11) and in the bodily resurrection of all the dead; of believers unto everlasting, conscious blessedness and of unbelievers unto judgment and everlasting, conscious punishment (Daniel 12:2).  Finally, God will establish a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:10-13).


The Church

We believe that the church, with Christ as the head, is made up of all believers in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:28), and that it manifests itself in local assemblies.  The church is God’s primary vessel for accomplishing His purposes (Ephesians 4:15-16)


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Lake Murray Evangelical Church * 501 Murray Lindler Road * Chapin, SC * US * 29036