“In essential beliefs we have unity, in non-essential beliefs we have liberty, and in all beliefs we have love.” John Wesley.
Like all United Methodist Churches in the North Alabama Conference, Lakeview Church upholds John Wesley’s conviction that Jesus Christ is the hope of the world. We believe that we are called to: 1) Love the Lord our God with all of our being and 2) Love our neighbor as ourselves.
Loving God is possible through the mystery of the indwelling Holy Spirit, who enables us to commune with our Lord Jesus in prayer and worship. This growing intimacy with the Lord enables us to love the people of the world as Jesus loves them, which is the second commandment. At Lakeview, our love for the world is expressed through our being on mission with God. As we go into the world, we yearn for the lost, broken, sick and poor to receive the good news of life through Jesus Christ. As we continue to grow as a church, we strive to live by Christ’s calling. For us, all this boils down to three key words: love learn lead. Christ calls us to love all, learn more, and lead others to Him.
We believe in one God, who exists in three distinct persons…the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equally the one God in being, essence, character, power and eternal qualities.
The Father – The First Person of the Holy Trinity, who with the Son and the Holy Spirit is the creator of everything. All authority, wisdom, power and glory belong to Him. One God, three persons means that the very nature of God is an eternal, loving relationship.
Jesus Christ – We believe that Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity who emptied himself of his eternal power and became a human being. We believe He is both fully human and fully God. He lived a sinless life and willingly died on the cross to reconcile humans to God. Through His sacrifice He brings salvation to all who believe in Him and trust their lives to His authority. We believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead, His ascension into heaven and His return to earth in glory and power to establish God’s perfect rule through a new created order.
Holy Spirit – We believe the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit is God present, living within each follower empowering a life that reflects the lifestyle, values and character of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is involved in progressively transforming each follower into the likeness of Christ, and is actively working within the Christian community and world at large to bring about God’s plan of redemption for all people and all creation. The Holy Spirit bears witness to the perfect revelation of God through Jesus Christ.
We believe the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God. We believe the Bible to be God’s blueprint for living the Christian life, and is our authority and source for faith and practice.
About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God – we are rational and moral beings with the potential to enter into selfless loving relationships. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of self-centeredness which the Bible calls “sin”. This attitude and its resultant actions separate us from God, others, and ourselves.
About Being Made Right With God (Salvation)
Becoming right with God and having our relationship with God restored is what the Bible calls salvation. Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We can never earn it or achieve it by self-improvement or good works. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, the saving grace of God is available to all. We accept God’s gift of a new life when we turn from our self-ruled life and accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord. The new life that God gives us is an abundant life in this world and eternal life in the world to come.
About the Kind of Life We Are Called To Live
Though we are not made right with God by our own goodness, “good works” are not optional for the Christian life. When we give our lives to Christ, it is expected that we will grow towards loving God with all our being and our neighbors as ourselves. (Mark 12:28-31) This is possible because it is Christ who is alive and works in us through the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is the sign of our adoption into the family of God (the church) and our identification as children of God. As Methodists we practice infant baptism and confirmation as well as believer’s baptism for those not baptized as infants. We recognize that all people must make the choice to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, regardless of whether they were baptized as infants or not. We respect the views of those who believe in believer’s baptism only, and are glad to honor this conviction for their own family.
About Holy Communion
Holy Communion is an opportunity for us to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ. On the night before his death, Jesus ate a special meal with His disciples. He charged His church with repeating this meal to remember His sacrifice and celebrate our new life through His death and resurrection. God offers this relationship to everyone, so all who desire to receive are welcome to participate.
We believe the Church (also known as the Body or Bride of Christ in scripture) is a spiritual organism made up of all those in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, who are called to live in fellowship, worship and serve together. The Church is gifted, empowered and called to carry out God’s mission to reach a hurting and lost world with the healing (saving) power of Jesus Christ.