What We Believe
Loving people to their next place in God.
CLCSB is called to be a “teaching hospital” where broken people can find healing through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and learn how to bring Christ’s healing to others.
Here at Christian Life Center South Bend, we promote the unity of the Spirit within the Body of Christ by partnering with other ministries to develop and nurture relationships throughout the Michiana region while advancing God’s Kingdom in the unity of the Faith. We are believers, followers, and worshipers of Jesus Christ, His Word and His Holy Spirit.
Our ministry efforts focus on creating an intentionally diverse worship experience that embraces all cultures, strengthening families naturally and spiritually, actively supporting and positively influencing our community, helping the less fortunate locally and abroad, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with every person, and loving people from wherever they are to their next place in God.
Through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit we are committed to breaking through denominational, socio-economic and cultural barriers to unify God’s people to be a light that displays the love of Jesus Christ to the world.
There is one God revealed as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
We believe in the Virgin Birth, The Begotten Sonship, and Deity of Jesus Christ; that He was 100% God and 100% man.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit makes men aware of their need for Jesus Christ, and lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides us with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing right. The Holy Spirit baptism empowers the church to preach the gospel throughout the whole earth.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16
We are made in the image of God, as the supreme object of His creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23, 5:12-13, 6:23; Isaiah 59:1-3
We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith.
Eph 2:8,9; Heb. 9:12,22; Romans 5:11
People were created to exist forever, either in hell, where they will be eternally separated from God, or in heaven, where they will be eternally with God. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9
THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit brings various gifts and enablements, as outlined in Scripture, and these gifts are valid and fully operative today. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters.
1 Corinthians 12, 14
THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY
The callings of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are functional within the body of Christ until the Lord’s return. The purpose of these gifts to the church is to equip believers for the work of ministry, that the body of Christ might be edified.
1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11-12
BAPTISM & COMMUNION
The Word of God enjoins on the Church two perpetual ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first, baptism, is the outward sign of what God has already done in the individual’s life and is a testimony to all that the person now belongs to Jesus. It is identification with Jesus and is effected in His name. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the death of the Lord and is done in remembrance of Him until He comes again; it is a sign of our participation in Him. Both institutions are restricted to those who are believers.
Acts 10:48; 1 Cor. 11:26
Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.
Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16, 17; James 5:14-16
We affirm the bodily, personal, second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saints, the millennium, and the final judgment. The final judgment will determine the eternal status of both the saints and the unbelievers, determined by their relationship to Jesus Christ. We affirm with the Bible the final state of the new heavens and the new earth.
1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:8; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21; Revelation 22