Statement of Faith

 

LBC&S is guided by a core of distinct beliefs and values. These inspire our ethos, and greatly influence the quality of our ministry. At the very centre – and as our name proclaims – the Bible provides the absolute foundation for all our theological and practical instruction. LBC&S is firmly committed to the divine authority of the Bible as our all-sufficient source and standard of Christian doctrine and practice. This conviction shapes every aspect of our institutions’ life – from the college community to the churches where we serve and to our interactions with the world at large. The members of our faculty are devoted to apply the teachings of the Bible in every facet of our programme – academic, spiritual, and ministerial. Without apology, we uphold the following tenets as the bedrock of our faith:
❖ THE BIBLE
* The Christian Scriptures – the Holy Bible, comprising the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments reveal the Eternal Word of God and are the only verbal revelation of God. They are divinely-inspired and are therefore infallible, and completely trustworthy in all that they proclaim and teach.
* The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ presents God’s agenda for the world, and so provides the standard for the life of the Christian and the church today.

❖ GOD
There is one personal God, Creator of all things, visible and invisible, who is eternally existent in a trinity of persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

❖ JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God. He was born of a virgin, died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for man’s sins and rose bodily on the third day. He ascended to heaven and now represents believers before God as their High Priest and Advocate.

❖ THE GOSPEL
The Gospel is the proclamation of Jesus’ saving work for the world – his death, burial and resurrection – and calls people to receive him as Saviour and Lord of their lives.

❖ SALVATION
Belief (trust) in Jesus Christ as the only Saviour for sin, leading to repentance from sin, and baptism in water, is the normative response to the gospel found in Scripture. This faith-response justifies and forgives the believing sinner and effects his regeneration by the Holy Spirit. Justification and regeneration form the Christian doctrine of salvation.

❖ THE HOLY SPIRIT
Every believer in Christ must be continually filled by the Holy Spirit who sanctifies, enables and equips him to glorify God and minister His grace to the world. This filling and ministry is not necessarily accompanied by the manifestation of speaking in tongues.

❖ THE CHURCH AND MISSION
The church is the Body of Christ on earth and consists of all who have received Jesus Christ as Saviour, and Lord and are integrated into local gatherings of God’s people. These meetings help believers grow in fellowship with Christ and each other as they minister God’s salvation to the world.
* Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, and therefore, each local assembly has the privilege, under Christ’s authority, to manage its own life and ministry as an autonomous body.
* The New Testament provides the essential principles of God’s manifesto for the church’s ministry and mission.

❖ THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
Jesus Christ will return to earth in visible and bodily form to judge the living and the dead. Believers will be transformed into glorious beings enjoying eternity in God’s presence while unbelievers will be assigned to judgment and eternal punishment.