Our church is an autonomous congregation of baptized believers, associated in the faith and the covenant of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are governed by His laws, as written in the Bible, and exercise our gifts, rights, and privileges invested in us by His Word, and are working to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. At Lackland, each member is responsible and accountable to Christ, as Lord. Our Scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. We have aligned ourselves as an autonomous body with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, The Southern Baptist Convention, along with the San Antonio Baptist Association, and support missions giving through those agencies and other endeavors in a cooperative effort to reach our world for Christ
The Holy Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God as its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world the true center of Christian union, and the extreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
There is one and only one living and true God…the eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. God the Father reigns with providential care over the universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father to those who become His children through faith in Jesus Christ. God the Son is Jesus Christ, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. God the Holy Spirit is the fully divine Spirit of God. He exalts Christ, He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in evangelism, worship, and service.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His image. Male and female were created as the crowning work of creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. The sacredness of human personality is seen in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation and God’s Purpose of Grace
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. Salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. Election is the glorious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but will persevere to the end.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and resurrected Savior, as well as the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness in life as a Christ follower. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the Body memorialize the death of the Redeemer and look forward to His Second Coming.
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of people related to each other by blood, adoption, or marriage. Marriage is the uniting of one man with one woman in covenant commitment for life. Children, from the moment of conception are a blessing and a heritage from the Lord, and parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage.
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