LIGHTHOUSE © 600 N. 48th Street  l  Harrisburg, PA 17111

717.564.3413  l  lighthouse.harrisburg@gmail.com

Main Gathering, Sundays @ 10am

600 N. 48th Street | Harrisburg, PA 17111

717.564.3413| lighthouse.harrisburg@gmail.com

What We believe 

'Going Public' 

We love & follow Jesus. We teach from the Bible--the inspired, only infallible authoritative Word of God. We recognize it as the final authority over our lives. We believe that God's truth is timeless and that it applies to us today. Seeking God's heart and His will through what He has given in the Bible, we put our faith in Jesus.

 

We worship God as the perfect Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Through our relationship with Jesus, we are forgiven and made new. Our focus is to lead people into a growing relationship with God and others. That is our mission--to follow Jesus and help others follow Him, too.

 

Jesus came. The Bible is about God and what He has done. All people are the supreme objects of God's creation. God created people in the image of God to be like Him. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, we are all marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called 'sin'. Sin is what separates us from God and it causes many problems in our lives. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and coequal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless, human life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people. God did not send Jesus into the world to punish people. God sent Him to rescue them. 

 

Genesis 1:27     Isaiah 53:6     Isaiah 59:1-2     John 14:10-14     Matthew 1:18

Romans 3:23     Romans 5:12     John 3:17

 

Jesus died. Jesus offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for our sins on a cross. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins so that we can enjoy forgiveness and eternal life with Him. Salvation is God's free gift to us--but we must accept it. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith alone. 

 

Romans 6:23     Romans 10:9,13     Ephesians 2:8-9     John 14:6     Titus 3:5     2 Corinthians 5:21

 

Jesus rose again.  He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. The resurrection demonstrated that God accepted Jesus’ death to be the atonement for our sin. He did not deserve death, but sacrificially gave His life so that we can be made right with God. 

 

I Corinthians 15:3-7      Romans 6:8-10       1 Peter 1:3      Romans 1:1-4

 

Jesus ascended to Heaven. After His resurrection, Jesus returned to heaven to prepare a place for us, to intercede on our behalf with His Father, and to send the Holy Spirit to us.  Today, Jesus is in heaven preparing a place for us to reside with Him. He is completely aware of what is going on in each one of our lives and intercedes for us with God the Father. He has also sent the Holy Spirit to reside within every one of His followers to help deepen our faith, build character like Christ’s, and equip us for service. 

 

Mark 16:19     Ephesians 1:13    Romans 8:34    Hebrews 4:14-15    Acts 1:9-11    

1 Thessalonians 4:14    John 14:28     John 14:10-30

 

Jesus is coming back. Jesus will return again someday to earth to reign as King.  Jesus will return in an event referred to as the Second Coming.  He will finally defeat Satan and eliminate evil.  Jesus is coming back to gather His followers and establish the kingdom of God. 

 

Matthew 25:31    John 3:18    Matthew 24:30-31   1 Timothy 6:13-15     Titus 2:13    

1 Corinthians 15:51-52     Romans 6:8-10     1 Corinthians 15:3-7

 

Therefore, we will live with urgency and purpose.  We believe that God desires an intimate relationship with each one of us.  Our focus is to help people fall in love with God.  We love God because He first loved us.  We want our goal to be on intimacy with Him rather than on adherence to rules or religious observances.   

 

Close friendships aren’t instantaneous.  We know that these are developed over time.  In the same way, closeness with God must be diligently pursued.  A relationship with God requires time, effort, and openness.  Spiritual growth and accountability occur best with relationally-connected believers.  

 

We believe that the Church Universal is composed of all true believers and that its members should assemble themselves together in local churches for worship, prayer, fellowship, and teaching with a view of being equipped to fulfill the Great Commission.  Therefore, we challenge those identifying with this local body to join with us in using their spiritual gifts to help carry out these strategies.

 

John 3:16     I John 4:19     I John 5:2     2 Timothy 3:12-17     Luke 4:16    Matthew 28:18-20          

Hebrews 10:25     Romans 12:5     I Corinthians 12:12-27     I Peter 4:10    

James 5:16      Ephesians 4:2     I Thessalonians 5:11  

Baptism is about making a personal statement--a way for followers of Christ to identify themselves with Him. Baptism doesn't make you a Christian, it is a step of obedience that illustrates your faith. Baptism does not save you; only your faith in Christ does.

                                   Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Baptism is like a wedding ring--it is the outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart.

 

What: Baptism illustrates Christ's death, burial and resurrection.  It also illustrates my new life as a Christian.  

 

I Corinthians 15:3-4    Colossians 2:12

II Corinthians 5:17   Romans 6:4

 

Who: Everyone who believes in Christ should be baptized. At Lighthouse we wait until people are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. 

 

Acts 2:41   Acts 8:12-13

 

Why: Because Jesus was baptized and we are to follow His example.  It is a command given by Christ, symbolizing that I really am His follower. 

 

Mark 1:9   Matthew 28:19-20

Acts 18:8

 

How: We believe that baptism should be by immersion. The word  baptize (baptizo) means 'to immerse in water.' The baptisms in the New Testament are all done this way. It is a symbol of the object of our faith: the death and resurrection of Christ. 

 

Matthew 3:16-17    Acts 8:38-39

 

If you'd like to be baptized, please contact Pastor Brown @ pastorkevin65@comcast.net

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