Worshipers of The Risen Lord! Lochwood Christian Fellowship is a local church that is committed to "Exalt Jesus Christ" in all that we do, especially the proclamation of the Word of God! Furthermore, we are consistently and continually battling with our flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit that we might bow our knee in surrendered obedience to the revealed will of God. In this day of apostasy, where many who call themselves ministers are really man-centered manipulators that promise to meet your felt needs... We Stand Apart!!! As regenerated believers we are under a divine mandate to love God and people in such a way that we refuse to be deceitful. Our hope is not to attract a thousand unbelievers who are looking for a religious fun zone to flood our foyer so that we might "feel" successful. We do not exalt people, politics or passing fads. We lift high the "Sovereign Savior who alone is worthy of worship" and then call people to bow down to their Creator. The Church is for the gathering of the Saints. It is our time to separate from the world and focus on edifying each other and worshiping our Lord. When we depart from our gathering is the time when we evangelize the lost. We are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we will not try to give "The Living God" a makeover so this sinful culture thinks He is cool. We are not the world; we are not entertainers. We are the Church, bought with a price, indwelt with the Spirit, growing in holiness, grace and true love, while joyfully awaiting His return to judge the living and the dead. If you desire to know Christ and His Word then we welcome you to come and worship. If by Grace you grow weary and are heavy laden, humble yourself before Christ and He will give you rest. Then you come to us and be refreshed in the family of living faith.
Here We Stand
We hold to the Scripture alone, not mystical voices and visions.
We believe that Regeneration is by Grace alone and not by human will.
We believe that our Justification is through Faith alone and not of works lest any man should boast.
We believe Salvation is in Christ alone and there is no other name or way a person can be saved.
We believe that All of this is for the Glory of God alone.
WE CAN DO NO OTHER!
NOT Seeker Sensitive
Pastor Al Jiron Jr.
High View of Scripture
The Word of God is not only inerrant but is totally and thoroughly sufficient.
High View of God
The Lord is exalted for all to gaze upon and stand in awe. We expose and explain theology proper. A high view of God will instill a low view of man.
High View of Regeneration
We do not practice or support the walking of aisles and repeating of words. A person must be BORN AGAIN. That which is flesh gives birth to flesh and that which is SPIRIT GIVES BIRTH TO SPIRIT.
High View of Sanctification
The Spirit will complete that which He has started. Believers will grow in Grace, Faith and Holiness. We will grow in holiness for He who lives in us is holy. We are not speaking of legalistic rule keeping, but obedience motivated by LOVE for our Father.
High View of the Church
The Bride of Christ is being prepared for her wedding day. She will be presented beautiful and unstained. During this time of preparation, the Bride of Christ will be protected from all who try to lead Her astray. No human will have their way with Her! The Bride of Christ is being defended by the Person of God, the Word of God, the Angels of God, the Shepherds of God and all the Prayers to God. We will defend Her until the final day, so help us God Almighty.
Abstract of Principles
When the original charter of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was adopted in 1858, it contained the following statement which continues as a part of the “fundamental laws.”
Every professor of the institution shall be a member of a regular Baptist church; and all persons accepting professorships in this seminary shall be considered, by such acceptance, as engaging to teach in accordance with, and not contrary to, the Abstract of Principles hereinafter laid down, a departure from which principles on his part shall be considered grounds for his resignation or removal by the Trustees, to wit:
I. The Scriptures
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.
III. The Trinity
God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
Election is God’s eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life-not because of foreseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ-in consequence of which choice they are called, justified and glorified.
VI. The Fall of Man
God originally created Man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.
VII. The Mediator
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law; suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever liveth to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.
Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickeneth the dead in trespasses and sins enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone.
Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbleth himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things.
Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God’s word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ’s commands.
XIII. Perseverance of the Saints
Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
XIV. The Church
The Lord Jesus is the head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these churches He hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He hath appointed. The regular officers of a Church are Bishops or Elders, and Deacons.
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church fellowship, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper.
XVI. The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship.
XVII. The Lord’s Day
The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employments and amusements, works of necessity and mercy only excepted.
XVIII. Liberty of Conscience
God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
XIX. The Resurrection
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God-the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.
XX. The Judgment
God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.