Jesus was asked, "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22:37-39).
While there is much in institutional religion that is a turn off (leading to the trend of "Loving Jesus not the church" or "I am spiritual, not religious"), being an active part of a good church family that loves God and one another is a part of God's plan for Christians. If you are in the Jacksonville area we hope you will consider how Lakeshore can help you learn the Bible, serve God and others, and grow as Christian!
To our French or Spanish speaking visitors: we do have members that are willing to speak or study with you in your language! Just ask!
What We Believe
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is the creator and ruler of the universe. God is love and desires that all men be saved. God is also perfectly holy and cannot have fellowship with sin (Genesis 1:1, 1 Timothy 2:4, Habakkuk 1:13).
The Son of God. Through the miracle of the incarnation God sent his son into this world. He lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, and was raised from the dead. (John 1:1, 1:14, 3:16, 14:6). He is the head of the church, which is His body (Ephesians 1:22-23, Colossians 1:18).
Is the word of God, how God speaks to us today, and is our rule in all things. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The Greatest Commandments
This one is easy. Jesus said " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' (Matthew 22:37-39).
Immersion in water. The Bible commands baptism along with belief and repentance as conditions of salvation. Our obedience shows our faith in God. (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38). For more on this see an article: What We Believe About Baptism.
The Lord's Supper
A simple memorial feast we observe each Sunday. This time is intended to remind us of how Jesus died on the cross for us. (Matthew 26:26-30, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29, Acts 20:7). For more on this see our article here.
We are a simple, independent group of Christians. The Bible is our authority in all things. Elders oversee the work of the church, functioning as shepherds to the flock of God (the church) and are assisted by deacons. (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Acts 20:28-29).
Further information and explanation about what we believe can be found in the article section
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about any topic that you would like to study. We will respond promptly to any question that is asked!