What We Believe

The following are the cornerstones of TLC’s beliefs.

To learn more about our Mission and Vision, click below.

God
We believe that there is one God, the creator and sustainer of all things, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that He is loving, holy, all-knowing and all-powerful.

Creator and sustainer of all things

  • Genesis 1:1
  • 1 Corinthians 8:6

He is eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son & Holy Spirit

  • 1 Chronicles 29:10
  • Luke 1:34-35
  • John 1:1-2
  • John 1:14
  • John  1:18

He is loving & holy

  • Matthew 6:9
  • Romans 8:14-15
  • Romans 3:24-26
  • Romans 8:24
  • Titus 3:4-6

He is all-knowing and all powerful

  • Jeremiah 10:10
  • Acts 1:7
  • 1 Corinthians 15:24
  • Ephesians 4:6
  • Romans 10:9
  • Titus 1:3

 

Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ- he was and is God. We believe that He was born of a virgin, led an absolutely sinless life, performed many miracles, died as a substitution and atonement for those who accept Him, that His death on a cross is God the Father’s sole provision for the forgiveness of sin, that He literally, bodily rose from the dead, and that He will personally return in power and glory to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ- he was and is God

  • John 1:1-2
  • John 1:18

He was born of a virgin

  • Matthew 1:1-25
  • Luke 1:26-2:20
  • Galatians 4:4-5

He died as a substitution and atonement for those who accept Him

  • Colossians 2:13-20
  • Titus 3:4-6

His death on a cross is God the Father’s sole provision for the forgiveness of sin

  • Acts 4:12

He literally, bodily rose from the dead

  • Mark 16:5-6

He will personally return in power and glory to judge the living and the dead

  • Matthew 25:31-26:1
  • Hebrews 10:30
  • Revelation 20:11-15
  • Revelation 22:6-21
Holy Spirit
We believe that upon accepting Jesus Christ as God and Savior, an individual is baptized into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit, and that the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit is the seal or down payment on our eternal salvation. We also believe that there is an empowering encounter either immediately, or at a later time in our maturing process, where Jesus then baptizes us with Holy Spirit where we totally empty ourselves of all self- will and receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit, empowering the believer to do the work of God in proportion to the believer’s personal surrender to Jesus Christ, helping the Christian live a holy, victorious and fruitful life that greatly glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ.

Baptized into the Body of Christ and receiving the Holy Spirit as a seal on our salvation

  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-13
  • Ephesians 4:30
  • Titus 3:3-8

Baptism of the Holy Spirit empowering the believer to do the work of God

  • Luke 24:45-49
  • Acts 1:8
  • Ephesians 5:18
  • Galatians 5:16-26
Satan
We believe that Satan (the devil) is a real, created being who fell away from God, and that he is destined for the judgment of eternal punishment in the lake of fire.

Satan (the devil) is a real, created being who fell away from God

  • Matthew 4:1-3
  • Luke 10:18

Satan attempts to prevent us from restoring relationship with God and receiving blessing from God

  • Acts 5:3
  • 2 Corinthians 4:4

Satan (the devil) is destined for the judgment of eternal punishment in the lake of fire

  • Revelation 20:10
The Church
We believe that all people who are regenerated through saving faith in Jesus Christ are those who comprise the Body of Christ, the Church.

Those who make up the Church are the children of God and are heirs to His kingdom

  • Galatians 3:26 – 4:7
  • Ephesians 3:2-6

God sees his church as Holy and set apart

  • Colossians 1:21-23
  • Hebrews 10:10
The Bible
We believe the scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, were given by God, divinely inspired, without error, infallible, that they are entirely trustworthy and the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith, practice and doctrine.

The scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, were given by God & divinely inspired

  • Deuteronomy 6:1-25
  • 2 Timothy 3:16

The scriptures point to Jesus

  • Luke 24:27
  • Luke 24:44
  • John 5:39

Blessing comes from obeying God’s word

  • Joshua 1:7-9
  • Psalms 119:9-16
  • Romans 15:4

The Bible is entirely trustworthy and the final authority in all matters of faith, practice and doctrine.

  • 1 Corinthians 10:11
  • Colossians 3:16
  • Hebrews 4:12-13
Biblical Unity
We believe in the unity of Christians as an essential ingredient for both divine blessing and effective evangelism, and must be guarded and encouraged.  We believe that sins such as gossip and slander, for example, are especially damaging to this unity, serving as serious hindrances to both the blessing and power of God.

The unity of Christians as an essential ingredient for both divine blessing and effective evangelism

  • Psalms 133:1-3
  • John 17:20-23
  • Romans 14:19
  • Ephesians 4:3-6
  • Ephesians 2:11-22

Gossip and slander are hindrances to both the blessing and power of God. We are to no longer live our lives as we did before we came to Christ.

  • 1 Corinthians 5-11
  • Ephesians 4:17-32
Our Response
A professed belief that does not manifest itself in action reveals unbelief.  In light of the above statements, we believe in responding with action.  We believe that Jesus Christ commissioned Christians to be actively involved in going to every people of the world to share the good news of Salvation and be involved in making followers who truly love Him. Every Christian, therefore, has a role to play in world evangelism and discipleship.

  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • Luke 24:25-49
Humanity, Forgiveness, and Restoration
God has given all people, everywhere, hope and the possibility of true forgiveness, inner peace and fulfillment in this present life, and a glorious future life to come.  We believe that people are created in the image of God, and that as a result of the Fall of humanity, through the first person, Adam, all people are individually sinners needing Salvation, forgiveness and restoration to God through Jesus Christ.  We believe that a person’s sins can only be forgiven through saving faith- by personally acknowledging that Jesus is both God and Savior, that His death on the cross is the only sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin, and by inviting Him to be the Master of one’s life.  We believe that God will hold each person individually accountable for what they have believed and done with Jesus Christ, and that salvation comes after personal repentance, by grace alone, through the saving faith in the person of Jesus Christ.

God has given all people, everywhere, hope and the possibility of true forgiveness, inner peace and fulfillment in this present life, and a glorious future life to come.

  • John 3:3

We believe that people are created in the image of God, and that as a result of the Fall of humanity, through the first person, Adam, all people are individually sinners needing Salvation, forgiveness and restoration to God through Jesus Christ.

  • Genesis 1:1
  • Genesis 1:26-27
  • John 1:3
  • Colossians 1:16-17

A person’s sins can only be forgiven through saving faith- by personally acknowledging that Jesus is both God and Savior, that His death on the cross is the only sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin, and by inviting Him to be the Master of one’s life.

  • Acts 4:12
  • Romans 3:10-23
  • Romans 10:9-10

God will hold each person individually accountable for what they have believed and done with Jesus Christ, and that salvation comes after personal repentance, by grace alone, through the saving faith in the person of Jesus Christ.

  • Romans 4:16-25
  • Romans 11:5-6
  • Galatians 3:11
  • Galatians 3:26-29
  • Ephesians 2:4-10
  • Titus 3:4-8
  • Hebrews 4:13
  • Hebrews 9:27
  • Revelation 20:11-15
  • Revelation 22:6-21
Resurrections and Judgements
We believe in the resurrection of both the Christian and the unbeliever, the Saved and the Lost- that the Christian is saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of God, and that the unbeliever is lost unto the resurrection of eternal judgment, in eternal separation from God.  While this statement is strong in a world of growing relativism, belief otherwise would contradict the consistent and thorough statements made throughout the Bible by credible individuals, including Jesus Christ.

Judgments (Eternal punishment vs. Eternal life)

  • Matthew 25:31 – 26:1
  • Romans 14:9-12
  • 2 Peter 2:4-22
  • Revelation 22:12-20

Resurrection from death

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • Revelation 20:11-15

SERVICE TIMES

Sunday Worship Service
9:30am

Wednesday Bible Study
7:00pm

CONTACT

50 K Street
Carlisle, PA 17013

Phone
(717) 241-5920

Email
officetlc@pa.net