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Leclaire's Core Teachings - What We Believe
As a non-denominational, independent Christian church, Leclaire is uniting people from all denominational backgrounds. Whether you are Catholic, Baptist, under-churched, or unconvinced, we believe that God wants to include you. This is a great strength of our church, but it can also pose a challenge: what are the essentials that everyone must believe? Faithful, Bible-believing Christ followers can disagree over numerous issues. Below you will find what we believe are the essentials of the Christian faith agreed upon unanimously throughout 2,000 years of church history. While people may disagree upon finer points of theological opinions, we think every Christian can and should agree on the following:
We believe the Bible is God's inspired word and was given to provide instruction for what we should believe and how we should live our lives. We believe that the Bible is accurate and reliable, was written under direct inspiration from God and is completely authoritative for all Christians. We believe that the Bible is poetic, challenging, and relevant because it comes from God. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
We believe that there is one true God, the Creator of the universe, who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe God created the universe by His power and word. God is all powerful and all knowing and ever present. We owe God our highest love, reverence and obedience. (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,14; John 14:26; 1 Peter 1:2)
We believe that Jesus is God's eternal and only begotten Son. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, voluntarily died on the cross for our sins and was bodily raised from the dead. He ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of God and acts as an intermediary on our behalf. One day Jesus will return to earth and initiate the consummation of human history. (John 1:1-18; Acts 2:22-41; Philippians 2:1-11)
We believe the Holy Spirit is equal with God and Jesus. The Holy Spirit provides power to overcome sin, insight into Scripture and personal direction in life. All believers are given the gift of the Holy Spirit at conversion, and through the Holy Spirit's presence and power are enabled to attain spiritual maturity in Christ. Through the Holy Spirit each person in the body is given spiritual gifts to use in ministry. We rely on the Holy Spirit to help us plan and organize our Sunday services. During these services the Holy Spirit inspires us to draw close to God as we worship in an orderly fashion (Luke 11:13; John 16:13; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:11)
We believe that a human being's central purpose is to have a personal relationship with God. Originally created for that purpose, humans defied God, choosing to go their own independent way and were thus alienated from God. This "Fall" took place at the beginning of human history, all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are in need of God's forgiveness and mercy. Jesus offers us a way back to God. Salvation is his gift from God to us. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our lives by faith. God alone does the saving, but he has every right to ask us to respond to his free gift of salvation. Our role in reconnecting with God includes listening to God’s story, believing in Jesus life and message, making a decision to turn away from our sinful habits, confessing our faith in Jesus’ power to save us, and being immersed in water as a unifying and spiritual experience of identifying with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. (John 3:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 3:23, 10:9; 1 John 1:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 1:8-9; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 3:20-21)
We believe that God created everyone to live forever after they die. Each of us will either exist eternally separated from God in Hell or eternally connected with God in Heaven. If you are like us then you waffle between having a lot of questions about heaven and hell and not wanting to think about things like hell at all. We believe that heaven and hell are real and that God is a wise and holy judge. We are glad that God alone makes the call on who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. One clear thing is that if you choose to connect with God he will reward you by letting you live in community with him and other believers for all eternity. If you do not want to connect with him, he will not make you spend eternity with him in heaven. Hell, the absence of God and existence without community is the dwelling place for all who refuse to reconnect with God in Jesus Christ (John 3:36; Acts 17:22-31; Romans 1:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15).
Leclaire Christian Church (LCC) is a non-denominational, independent Christian church that is led by leaders from within its own church, not an outside denominational office or headquarters. LCC is loosely associated with a fellowship of over 6,000 similar evangelical churches nationwide called, "Independent Christian Churches," claiming over 1.5 million members in the United States alone. Independent Christian Churches are among the fastest growing churches in the United States. Independent Christian Churches combine their efforts, at different times, to support church planting organizations, cross-cultural missionaries, benevolent associations and over 30 Christian Colleges and Seminaries. Leclaire Christian Church began in 1958. We are a part of the Restoration Movement, a movement of Christians throughout the 1800’s who became disillusioned by the many divisions within Christian denominationalism. Their goal was to unify believers by restoring the teachings and practices of the New Testament church, inviting people to rally around scriptural practices and principles for the purpose of evangelizing the world.