God is absolutely sovereign and in His sovereignty gave men a free will to accept or reject the salvation that He has provided. It is God’s will that all would be saved and that none would perish. God foreknows, but does not predetermine any man to be condemned. God permits man’s destiny to depend upon man’s choice. John 6:64, 65; Acts 10:34; Romans 9:30-32; I Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:5-14; II Thessalonians 2:13; I Timothy 2:4; I Peter 1:2, II Peter 3:9.

Each member of the human race is fallen, sinful and lost, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of man. The moment a person receives Christ as Saviour, immediately, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer who is sealed until the day of redemption. Luke 24:49; John 3:7, 7:39; Romans 3:23; I Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 1:13; Titus 3:5.

Man is saved by undeserved mercy through faith and nothing of man enters into his salvation. It is a free gift. Man’s efforts, regardless of how good or well intended, before or after salvation, have nothing to do with it. Salvation is by the finished word of Christ and nothing can be added to it. Romans 11:6; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Colossians 2:13; Titus 3:5.

The Church began with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and is composed of all true believers. By the Holy Spirit we are all baptized into one body of Christ. Water baptism is not essential for salvation but is a testimony to the world. Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 10:47; I Corinthians 2:14, 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:5.

Every Child of God possesses eternal life, being justified by faith, sanctified by God, sealed with the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity, and he cannot lose his salvation. However, a Christian can, through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony, and reward, and incur the Father’s chastisement. Relationship is eternal, being established by the new birth. Fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience. I Corinthians 3:11-17, 5:1-5, 11:30-35; Hebrews 12:5-11.

A true child of God has two births: one of the flesh, the other of the Spirit, giving man a flesh nature and a Spirit nature. The flesh nature is neither good nor righteous. The Spiritual man does not commit any sin. This results in a warfare between the Spirit and the flesh, which continues until physical death, or the return of the Lord. The flesh nature of man does not change in any way with the new birth, but can be controlled and kept subdued by the new man. John 3:3-7; Romans 7:15-25, 8:8; Galatians 5:17; I Peter 1:23; I John 1:8, 3:9, 5:18

There will be a resurrection of the saved and of the lost; of the saved unto eternal life, and of the lost unto eternal conscious punishment. These two resurrections are separated by at least 1,000 years. Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:41; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:1-5.

We believe in the personal, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Isaiah 26:17-21, 27:1; Luke 21:36; I Thessalonians 1:10, 5:9-11; II Thessalonians 2:1-8; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10, 4:4.

God can heal, but physical healing is not in the atonement. God heals miraculously today when it is His perfect will to do so. Healing cannot be claimed through the guarantee of the atonement. At times it is God’s will for sickness not to be removed. II Corinthians 12:8-10; James 5:14-16.

The gift of tongues (languages) was a manifestation of the Spirit’s power solely for the demonstration of God’s wisdom, purpose, and power in the establishment of the early church, and always was in a language that was in use. Acts 2:16; I Corinthians 14:22.

The true child of God is not under law but under grace – saved by grace and disciplined by grace. Romans 6:14, 11:6; II Corinthians 3:17.

Repent (metanoeo) means a change of mind. Repentance in salvation means a change of mind from any idea of religion that man may have and to accept God’s way of salvation. Matthew 21:32; Acts 20:21; II Corinthians 7:8-10.

It is every Christian’s privilege and duty to make clear God’s plan of salvation wherever and in whatever vocation he or she may be. Mark 16:15; I Thessalonians 2:4.

The general plan of salvation in God’s Word in a brief outline that is believed and practiced by Lighthouse Baptist Church is as follows:

Establish the fact that all men are sinners. Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10, 3:23; James 2:10.

Establish the fact that the penalty of sin is death. Ezekiel 18:20; Romans 6:23.

Establish the fact that you must be perfect to enter heaven. Habakkuk 1:13; Revelation 21:27.

Establish the fact that man can do nothing to obtain this perfection. Romans 4:5; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8, 9.

Show how God provided a sin-bearer and imputes to man His righteousness. Isaiah 53:6; Romans 5:8; II Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9; I Peter 3:18.

Establish the fact that man needs only belief in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour for salvation. John 1:12; 3:16; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9, 13.

Establish the fact that man can be certain of his salvation now, and that his salvation cannot be lost because life is eternal. John 6:37-39, 10:28; Hebrews 10:10-14; I Peter 1:5; I John 5:12,13.