Love of Christ Fellowship Ministries
400 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219

"Where we endeavor to learn His word, live by His principles and love His people."

WHO WE ARE

Our church is an evangelical, Bible based, Holy Spirit led fellowship, and you are welcome as you are. "Church suits" are optional, just be sure to bring your heart! Are we the "perfect" church, with the "perfect" people and the "perfect" services? No, no and no. In fact, if you should find such a church, don't go in because you'll ruin it. :) We are sinners who have fallen short of God's glory, but have been saved by His incredible love and grace! As a faithful response to this love and grace (and not in an attempt to earn it), we truly "endeavor to learn His word, live by His principles and love His people."

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The final authority of our beliefs is the Bible, God's infallible written Word, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that the Bible was fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, and that it was without error in the original manuscripts. (2 Tim 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Cor 2:13, 10:11; John 10:35).

WE BELIEVE:

1. There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons-- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19; John 10:30; Acts 5:3,4; 2 Cor 13:14).

2. God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, is the functional head of the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). He is the Father of all creation, of angels, of Israel, of believers, and of Christ (John 14-17, 20:17; Job 1:16; Psalm 103:13).

3. Jesus is God the Son, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He lived a sinless life, and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead and ascended bodily into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God the Father. He is the only mediator between God and man, and continually makes intercession for His saints (Matt 1:16,20,23; Luke 1:34; Heb 4:15; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Cor 15; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Peter 2:5-9; 1 John 2:1).

4. The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws
sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth, baptizes them into the body of Christ, and seals them until the day of Redemption (John 16:8-11; Titus 3:5; 1 Cor 6:19; Rom 8:9b; 1 Cor 12:13; Eph 5:18; Gal 5:22-23).

5. Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God and was separated from God as a result. This fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation. Man's nature is corrupt and this is why we need to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Gen 1:26-27; Eph 2:1; Rom 1:18, 3:20, 7:21-25, 5:12).

6. Our salvation is the result of God's grace, and it is not based in any way on human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8,9; John 3:16; Titus 3:5-8).

7. Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith. God desires His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures, and for mutual encouragement (1 Cor 12:12-13; Col 1:18; Eph 2:15-16).

8. At physical death, the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of the body to everlasting glory and blessing (1 Cor
15:12ff; 2 Cor 5:1-10; Phil 1:23; John 12:26).

Jesus Christ will come again to the earth--personally, visibly, and bodily--to fulfill the plan
of God (Rev 19:11-16; Zech 14:4-11; 1 Thess 1:9-10).

9. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions come second to our total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us" (Matt 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47-48)..

Mission

Proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the lost

Provide a place and environment for growing in Christ

where the saints of God can

» worship and praise God together

» study God's word together

» edify one another (prayer, support, exhortation, accountability, etc.)

Minister to the community

(charitable needs)

WHY NO DENOMINATION?

In short, it is because Christ is not divided. The concept of denominations came from men breaking fellowship with one another due to doctrinal differences; this was not the intention of God when He sent His Son to die on a cross for our sins. It is doubtful that Jesus and His disciples would have identified themselves as any one of the modern denominations to the exclusion of all others. As those early disciples were, so we seek to be, Christians in the truest sense - followers of Christ who worship the Lord "in spirit and in truth."