LOS ALTOS CHURCH OF CHRIST
                          Long Beach, California

                      
   
Purpose

WHAT WE BELIEVE
 
About The BIBLE

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, divinely inspired; that it contains no errors and that it has been
preserved by God for us; that it is authoritative for this church and each of us for every age (2 Peter 1:20-21;
2 Timothy 3:16,17).

We believe the Bible is the only guide to a relationship with God and ultimately our only guide to heaven
(John 12:47-50; James 1:21).

About GOD

We believe that God exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are one God.
(John 10:30; Hebrews 1:1-3; Matthew 3:16,17; Acts 10:38).

We believe God created the universe by His Power and Word (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 148:5).

We believe that God is all knowing, all powerful and ever present (I Chronicles 29:10-12).

About JESUS CHRIST

We believe Jesus Christ was sent by God the Father into the world to save sinners (Luke 19:10).

We believe that Jesus Christ was virgin born, sinless in life and mighty in words and deeds
(Matthew 1:20-25; Hebrews 4:14-16).

We believe Jesus was both God and man, that He was crucified for our sins, and was bodily raised from the
dead.  He then ascended to His Fatherís side where He is head of the church and intercedes for believers.
(I Corinthians 15:3,4; Hebrews 7:25).

We believe Jesus Christ is coming again and that, as His children, we will gain the ultimate triumphóvictory
over sin, death and that we He will bring us safely to His heavenly kingdom.
(I Corinthians 15:51-57; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Timothy 4:18).

About The HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit is a person, is God, and has all the divine characteristics. He indwells all Christians,
baptizes and seals them at the moment of salvation and enables us to live godly lives.
(Acts 2:38; II Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 1:21,22; I Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8; Galatians 5:22,23).

About SALVATION

We believe that God saves us not on the basis of what we have done, but according to His mercy, His grace
(Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-10).

We believe that our response to Godís grace includes; FAITH: trust & obedience, REPENTANCE: turning away
from sin and towards Godís will, and BAPTISM: an immersion into Christ and a newness of life
(Acts 2:37,38; 2 Peter 3:8,9; John 3:1-7; Romans 6:1-4; I Peter 3:18-22).

We believe that it is by Godís power that we are given salvation: only He can give forgiveness of sins; clothe us
 with Christ; add us to the church or body; save us
(Acts 22:16; Galatians 3:27; I Corinthians 12:12,13; Mark 16:15,16).

We believe all who have been baptized into Christ will at death depart to be with Christ in their spirits and with
Christís return receive a new body which will be like His glorious body
(I Thessalonians 4:16-17; I John 3:2).

About The CHURCH

We believe the New Testament church is a body of Jesus Christ here on earth. This body is represented by baptized believers at local congregations all over the world who worship God, Give thanks for Jesus Christ our savior, edify fellow believers,spread the good new of Jesus Christ to the lost and minister to the needy. (Acts).




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