Our Purpose at Life Christian is to transform lives through the message of Jesus Christ.
We believe that happens when people know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference.
What We Believe
The Scriptures Inspired
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to mankind, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12).
The One True God
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM,” and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association, by simultaneously existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10, 11; Matt. 28:19).
Mankind’s Fall and Redemption
Mankind was created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” Mankind, by voluntary transgression, fell, and their only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31; Gen. 3:17; Rom. 5:12-21).
The Salvation of Mankind Conditions of Salvation
The Grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men and women, through the preaching of repentance toward God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; mankind is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by grace, has become heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Rom. 10:13-15; Luke 24:47).
Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence to the believer of his/her salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men/women is a life of holiness (1 Thess. 4:7, 2 Tim.1:9).
Faith and Works
Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Ephesians 2:8-10; Galatians 2:16; II Corinthians 5:10).
The Promise of the Father
All believers should ardently expect and earnestly seek the Promise of the Father, which is the baptism in the Holy Spirit. With it comes the infilling of power for life and service, and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31). This experience may be distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the New Birth (Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).
By the power of the Holy Spirit we strive to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” Sanctification is the will of God for all believers and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word (Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:15,16; 1 Thess. 5:23, 24; 1 John 2:6).
The church is the holy Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer is an integral part of the church, and their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (I Thess. 2:4).
Divinely called and Scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose: (1) The evangelization of the world, and (2) The edification of the Body of Christ (Mark 16:15, 20; Eph. 4:11-13).
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
God immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-28). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
The term “marriage” has only one meaning; the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated by Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (I Corinthians 6:18, 7:2-5, Hebrews 13:4). God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged outside of marriage.
Any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, and incest) is categorized as sin in scripture (Matthew 15:18- 20, I Corinthians 6:9-10).
In order to preserve the function and integrity of Life Christian Church International – Naples, Inc. as part of the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Life Christian Church International – Naples, Inc. members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Life Christian Church International – Naples, Inc. or are considered leaders within the congregation in any capacity, agree to abide by this statement on marriage, gender and sexuality (Matthew 5:16, Philippians 2:14-16, I Thessalonians 5:22).
Every person must be shown compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28- 31, Luke 6:31). Hateful and/or harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward ANY individual are to be repudiated and are not in agreement with scripture or the doctrines of Life Christian Church.
It is God’s will to bless His people. Prosperity is that condition of being prosperous and having good success. Prosperity involves the following areas:
- Spiritual: Spiritual prosperity is that blessing of eternal and abundant life (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9 10).
- Mental: Mental prosperity is that condition of having peace and soundness of mind (2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).
- Physical: We believe the blessing of God extends to the physical body. This includes the promise of divine healing. We believe God may use any method He chooses to heal His people, including medical science (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
- Financial: It is God’s desire to bless and prosper His people financially. The Scriptures teach that God delights in the prosperity of His servants and that He wants them to have sufficiency in all things, plenty for every good work, and seed for sowing. (3 John 1:2; Malachi 3:10 11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6 10; Deuteronomy 28:1 14).
- Social: Social prosperity speaks to the fact that God wants His servants to have peace even with their enemies (Proverbs 3:4).
The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the Lord, is imminent and is the blessed hope of the church (1 Thess. 4:16; Rom. 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51,52).
The Millennial Reign of Jesus
The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, the salvation of national Israel, and the millennial reign of Christ on the earth are Scriptural promises and our hope (2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:1l-16; Rom. 11:25; Rev. 20:l-7).
The Lake of Fire
The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15).