What We Believe

Biblical-wisdomWe Believe

  • That the Bible (66 books) is the inspired and infallible Word of God, the sole and sufficient guide for our life on earth.
  • That there is one God eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • In the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His humanity, His perfectly sinless life, His substitutionary death as an atonement for our sins, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the Father, and His personal return to the earth for His saints.
  • That all human beings are dead in sin and utterly lost and that the only way their sins can be forgiven is through repentance and through faith in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • In the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, whereby a person is born again to be a child of God.
  • That justification is by faith in Christ alone, the evidence of this being good works that glorify God.
  • In baptism in water, by immersion, after regeneration, in the Name of the Father, the Son the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
  • In the necessity of being filled with the Holy Spirit continually in order to have power to be witnesses for Christ — by life and by word.
  • In the resurrection of the righteous to eternal life and the resurrection of the unrighteous to eternal damnation.

For a fuller statement of what we believe, please read the following article: “The Truth That We Believe” by Zac Poonen.

Leadership

RLCF is led by 2 elders — Phil Lapp and Santosh Poonen. None of our elders is paid for his work. This is not because we feel that such financial support is un-Scriptural, but because we desire to maintain a pure testimony in the matter of finances amid Christendom that is full of the opposite.

Our Purpose and Affiliation

Our purpose as a church is to be disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ first ourselves, and then to make disciples in obedience to the Lord’s commission in Matthew 28:18-20, emphasizing the new birth, holiness of the inner life, mutual love, moral purity, financial integrity, and sharing God’s truth with others – founding every aspect of our lives on God’s Word alone.

RLCF is not connected denominationally with any group or church anywhere. We are evangelical in our faith, and gladly receive all who are members of the worldwide Body of Christ.

Our Meetings

We believe in the importance of meeting regularly to encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 10:26). While this happens freely throughout the week in our homes as led by the Holy Spirit, we have also set aside specific times — including Sunday mornings — to meet together as a local expression of the Body of Christ.

While we do not follow any formal order of service during our meetings, we believe that all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner (I Corinthians 14:40). Within this context, we encourage all who are truly filled with the Holy Spirit to earnestly desire to prophesy (I Corinthians 14:1-4,23-33). We also believe and teach the practical expression of God’s headship order through uncovering/covering of our heads during times of prayer and prophecy (I Corinthians 11:2-5). We do not enforce this on everyone present in our meetings, since obedience to all of God’s commands must come from each individual’s faith (Romans 14:23b). If you would like to study this topic further, please refer to these 2 articles: Head-covering for Women (by Zac Poonen) and Head Coverings – Two Spiritual Statements (by Sandeep Poonen).

We usually meet for lunch after our Sunday meetings to enhance building of fellowship among us. All visitors are welcome to join us.

Our Stand on Money Matters

We do not formally request an offering during our services by passing around a bag/plate. Instead, all are encouraged to give: cheerfully (II Corinthians 9:7); faithfully (I Corinthians 16:2); secretly/privately (Matthew 6:3-4); and in reconciliation with each other (Matthew 5:23-24).

No reports of the work done or any appeal for finances are ever sent out anywhere. All money that is received as freewill offerings or as voluntary contributions, goes directly to the work of spreading the gospel through conferences, literature and media.