What We Believe

Lakes is an independent Baptist church and since names and labels mean something, it will be important for you to know what we mean by our name and identification.

 

When we say we are an independent Baptist church we simply mean we are not an official part of any organization or conference of churches where we would be subject to any authority outside of our own congregation. We exist as an independent church and are self-governed by the congregation under the direction of elders and the authority of the Bible. We are free as a church to fellowship and participate in ministry with any other good church or ministry of like faith and practice should we so desire and feel directed by God to do so. Further explanation is given below.

 

    1. We accept the Bible as the Word of God and as the only rule of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:14-17)

    2. We believe a person receives the gift of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

    3. We affirm the priesthood of every believer, that we may approach God personally, pray to Him individually, and worship Him freely and fully at any time. We do not need to go through a human mediator. We have been given direct access to God through Jesus Christ.

    4. We believe every believer should belong to a local church.

    5. We observe two ordinances – baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

    6. We believe our worship of God should be done intentionally, wholeheartedly, and obediently.

 

A more detailed statement of belief can be found in a copy of our constitution. The constitution is available upon request.