Here at League Street, we are attempting to get back to the basic ingredients of Christianity, focusing our attention on the claims and teachings of Jesus Christ. Essential ingredients include the miraculous birth of Jesus, His forgiving sacrifice, His death, burial and resurrection from the grave, the Bible being the inspired Word of God, and the desire for the church to be a warm group of people who are obedient to God's Word, devoted to each other and concerned about all people.
We turn to the scriptures for the answers to all of the fundamental questions of life: What does it mean to put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ? Why should I value the community of believers? What does true worship look like? How do we live as Christ in this world?
We recognize that people may come to League Street from various church backgrounds, bringing interpretations of scripture and different understandings of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Because it is important to us that we communicate clearly who we are, we want to express our identity according to scripture. We have a non-denominational approach and believe that Jesus desires to show who He is through His presence in His people, the church, free from man-made traditions.
Therefore, we believe that one way people will come to know what it means to follow Jesus is by being connected with others who have committed their lives to learning from and following Him. We believe that part of our mission is to teach people the basics of Christian faith in a way that is appropriate to where they are in their spiritual journey.
What God cares about is whether or not our lives are being changed as we put our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ and whether the doctrine we learn expands our love for God and people. That kind of transformation produces in us the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We use the term "core beliefs" to express the beliefs that we, as a church, should be united around. To use a fruit metaphor, these beliefs contain the seeds of what will become many other beliefs and practices of the church.
We've determined our "core beliefs" so that we can speak with one voice as a church family, not reacting judgmentally towards others, and always living a life that reflects the love and forgiveness of God. These are our core beliefs at League Street:
We believe there is one God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - who is eternal and who created all things. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
We believe in the inspiration and infallibility of the Bible as God's spoken word, which is His authoritative word for our lives. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe in the deity, pre-existent, virgin birth, and incarnation of Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-5, 14, 18; Luke 1:26-38; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:5-7)
We believe in the glorious, bodily resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ and await His second coming. (John 20; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
We believe that salvation is possible only through the gracious work of God and is available to all through faith in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe that a person demonstrates their faith and trust in Jesus by confessing their belief in Jesus Christ and repenting of their sins by being baptized in water for the remission of sins. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-4; Colossians 2:11-12)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a gift and lives within every Christian. (Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe that the church is the body of Christ and is comprised of all baptized believers. (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 7:13-17)
We believe that we must make disciples. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)
We believe as Christians we are to meet as a group of disciples to remember the death and burial of Jesus Christ in observing the Lord's Supper, to encourage one another, to sing praises to God, to pray together, to offer monetary contributions, and teach from God's Word. (1 Corinthians 11:23-29, 16:1-2; Ephesians 5:18-20; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18; Hebrews 10:19-25)
We believe all Christians share the hope of eternal life which has been promised to all who have been born into God's family. Our inheritance is heaven, a place of great rewards and rest for those who faithfully follow Jesus. (Matthew 25:14-30; 1 Peter 1:3-4)
League Street Church of Christ 1100 South League Street, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482 Phone: (903) 885-1531