What We Believe

PREAMBLE

As a network of churches, Living Stones recognizes that God will ultimately hold the leadership of each local church responsible for their understanding of what the Scripture calls sound doctrine. We commit ourselves to respect that fully. Our heart is to unify the Body of Christ, not divide it. We subscribe to the spirit of the statement—“in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love.”

The following truths are foundational to what we believe:

THE BIBLE

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments (66 books in all), to be the infallible, divinely inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and our final authority for all matters of Christian faith and practice to which it speaks.

THE TRINITY

We believe in one God, existing eternally as three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and that each person is fully God.

THE FATHER

We believe that the Father is fully God; that His Fatherhood is eternal and personal and that He is the Father of our Lord Jesus and of all who believe in Christ.

THE SON

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, the only eternal Son of God. He became incarnate, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. He died on the Cross as the perfect sacrifice for sin, rose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, where he is now our High Priest and Advocate. We keenly anticipate his return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God; that at conversion he dwells in every believer, baptizing them into the Body of Christ. The Spirit gives gifts to each believer, as he determines, for the edifying of the church. He progressively transforms believers to become more like Jesus.

HUMANITY

We believe that men and women were created in the image of God; that Adam and Eve sinned and so brought death and separation from God to all humanity. We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by practice and that apart from God’s salvation, humanity stands condemned before God.

SALVATION AND THE GREAT COMMISSION

We believe that salvation is initiated by the grace of God, purchased by the blood of Christ and appropriated by faith, apart from good works, and that all people who put their faith in Christ are declared righteous (justified) by God and become God’s children.
We believe that the Great Commission, given by the Lord Jesus to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey all that Christ commanded, is the joyful privilege of the Church to the end of the age.

THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church - also known as the Body of Christ - is made up of all people whose trust is in the Lord Jesus and that local churches are the visible expression of Christ's Body here on earth.

THE FUTURE

We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly to consummate his kingdom and reign on earth as Kings of kings. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the unjust and the just, the former to suffer eternal punishment and the latter to enjoy eternal life. The reign of Christ will see the defeat of all evil, and will usher in the New Heavens and the New Earth where God will dwell with his people forever.