His Being
    We believe there is but one (Deuteronomy 6:4) only (Isaiah 44:6) living and true God (Jeremiah 10:10);
    that He is a Spirit (1 Kings 8:27; John 4:24), infinite (Job 11:7-9), eternal (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:
    20), sovereign (Psalm 135:6), and unchanging (Malachi 3:6) in His being (Exodus 3:14), wisdom
    (Romans 11:33), understanding (Psalm 147:5), power (Matthew 19:26), holiness (Isaiah 6:3), justice
    (Revelation 15:3), goodness (Psalm 31:19), and truth (Exodus 34:6-7); that He is to be addressed with
    language using the male gender (Genesis 1:31; Matthew 7:11; Mark 1:1; John 14:25); that He is self-
    existent and self-revealing in three distinct persons—the Father (John 6:27), the Son (Titus 2:13), and
    the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4),—each of whom is to be equally honored, worshiped, and obeyed as true
    God (Matthew 28:19); that as its Creator (Genesis 1:1), He is absolutely separate from and above
    creation (Ephesians 4:6) yet everywhere present in creation (Psalm 139:8; Hebrews 4:13) as the
    Preserver of all things (Nehemiah 9:6); and that He, according to the counsel of His own will (Daniel 4:
    35; Ephesians 1:4, 11-12) and for His own glory (Romans 15:4) and pleasure (Revelation 4:11), does
    whatever He desires in heaven and earth (Job 23:13-14), the knowledge of which  enables His children
    to be patient in trouble (Romans 5:3-4; James 1:2-4), thankful in prosperity (Philippians 4:10-13), and
    confident in the face of death (Romans 8:38-39).

    God the Father
    We believe in God the Father (Ephesians 4:6), the first person of the Triune God (Matthew 28:19); that
    He orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose (Isaiah 14:24-27) and grace
    (Ephesians 2:7); that He is sovereign in creation (Psalm 135:6), providence (2 Chronicles 20:6; Psalm
    89:9; Matthew 6:26), and redemption (Ephesians   1:3-6); that He continually directs and governs all
    creatures and events (Isaiah 44:24-28); that He accomplishes His will without being in any way the
    author (Romans 7:7, 12-14; 9:14) or approver (Psalm 5:4; Ezekiel 18:23) of sin or abridging the
    accountability of human beings    (Romans 3:4-6); that He has graciously chosen from all eternity those
    whom He would have as His own (Romans 8:28-30), yet saves from sin all who willingly come
    (Revelation 22:17) to him through Jesus Christ (John 6:37-39); and that He relates Himself to His own
    as their Father (Matthew 6:8-9).

    God the Son
    We believe in God the Son (Mark 1:1; John 1:34), the second person of the Triune God (Matthew 28:19),
    that He is the eternal Word (John 1:1) and only begotten Son (John 1:18), our great God and Savior the
    Lord Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13); that He, while retaining His absolute deity as the eternal Son of God
    (John 1:14; Hebrews 13:8), became man (Galatians 4:4) by the miracle of virgin birth (Matthew 1:23) to
    continue forever (Hebrews 7:24) as both God and man (Colossians 2:9), one person in two distinct
    natures (Luke 1:35; Romans 9:5); that He, as man, was in all points tempted like as we are (Hebrews 4:
    15), yet, because He, as God, had no sin nature (Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 3:52), He was constitutionally
    unable to sin (John 1:14; Hebrews 7:26), and did not sin in fact (John 8:29; 1 Peter 2:22); that He, as the
    perfect lamb of God (1 Peter 1:19), gave Himself in death (Matthew 20:28; John 10:17) upon the cross
    (Philippians 2:8) to bear there in His own body (1 Peter 2:24) the sins of the whole world (Isaiah 53:6;
    John 2:2) and suffered the full penalty of divine wrath (Matthew 27:46; Galatians 3:13) in our stead—the
    Absolutely Just for the absolutely unjust (Isaiah 53:4-5; 1 Peter 3:18); that He actually died and was
    buried (Mark 15:44-46); that He arose from the dead (Matthew 28:6-7; 1 Corinthians 15:4) in the same,
    though glorified—not immaterial—body (Luke 24:39) in which He had lived and died (John 20:25-28);
    that His resurrection body is the pattern of that body which ultimately will be given to all believers
    (Philippians 3:21); that He, as our great High Priest (Hebrews 3:1), ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11)
    to sit at the right hand of God the Father (Mark 16:19; Hebrews 1:3) as our Advocate (1 John 2:1) and
    Intercessor (Hebrews 7:25); that He is the head of the church, His body (Ephesians 1:22-23); and that
    He is the final Judge (John 5:22) of His own (2 Corinthians 5:10) and of all who fail to place their trust in
    Him as their Savior from sin (John 3:18; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 20:11-15).

    God the Holy Spirit
    We believe in God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4), the third person of the Triune God
    (Matthew 28:19), the divine agent in nature (Genesis 1:2), revelation (1 Corinthians 2:10; 2 Peter 1:21),
    and redemption (2 Corinthians 3:18); that He caused Mary, a virgin, to conceive the Lord Jesus Christ
    (Luke 1:35); that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 15:8-11); that He is
    the Supernatural Agent in regeneration (John 3:5-7) and baptizes all believers into the body of Christ (1
    Corinthians 12:13); that He seals unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30), indwells (1 Corinthians
    6:19), empowers (Ephesians 3:16), guides (Romans 8:14), teaches (John 14:26), sanctifies (1
    Corinthians 6:11), and constantly works to conform to the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18) all who
    become children of God through Jesus Christ; that He distributes spiritual gifts to believers (1
    Corinthians 12:11) to glorify Christ (John 16:13-14) and edify the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12),
    not to glorify Himself, the gifts, or the recipients of the gifts; and that He no longer gives some gifts, such
    as the gifts of speaking in a foreign language without instruction and physical healing, which were given
    in apostolic times as signs to authenticate the gospel until the Bible was completed (1 Corinthians 13:8-
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    Lighthouse Baptist Church
    701 Kossuth Avenue
    Utica, NY 13501
    Paul Bannister II, Pastor
Lighthouse Baptist Church, Utica, NY
Spreading the message of Christ in Utica and the Valley since 1996