GOD: There is only one true and living God existing in three persons simultaneously; God the Father, God the Son (who is Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. These three are the one God, the same in substance and equal in their eternal power and glory.
MAN: Mankind’s universal need is to be saved from sin. Every person is a sinner by nature and sinful from the moment of conception. Sin has rendered man spiritually dead, unable to do anything in and of himself to change his own condition and nature. It is this sinfulness that separates man from God and makes man liable to the just condemnation of God.
JESUS: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin, Mary, being made like unto us in every way except without sin. This righteous life He offered up to God by dying on the cross and suffering in His body the judgment of God for sin in the place of guilty sinners. This same Jesus did then come back to life from the dead, additionally proving Himself to be the Son of God and His death to be a full satisfaction for sinners to be forgiven. He is alive today, having ascended into Heaven, and has been given all authority and power in Heaven and on earth.
SALVATION: Salvation from the guilt and power of sin is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. This faith that saves is itself a gift from God.
THE CHURCH: The local church is the community of saved sinners, joined together by a common faith in Christ, growing in love for and obedience to Him, demonstrating love for each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, and proclaiming to the world the good news of God’s love and forgiveness offered in Jesus Christ.
THE BIBLE: The Bible is the inspired Word of God, inerrant, infallible, and is our only rule for faith and life.
BAPTISM: Baptism is the special sign given by God to the church, distinguishing the family of believers from the world, and is to be administered to all those who come to faith in Christ and also to their children as members of the household of faith.
CHRIST'S RETURN: Jesus Christ’s return to the Earth will be literal, visible, and physical at the end of the age as promised. There shall be a resurrection of all mankind and all shall appear before the judgment throne of Christ. All those who have been chosen in Christ by the mercy of God shall enter into the glory of Heaven and enjoy the presence of God forever. All those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power. The Bible knows of no other destiny for all mankind than these two.
Lakeside is a part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).