Light Over Europe Ministries (LOEM) exists to spread the truth of Jesus Christ all over Europe.
LOEM has adopted the following purpose statements:
- LOEM will focus on starting churches and supporting ministries designed to reach non-Christians all over Europe.
- LOEM will continue to develop and support sports ministry all across Europe.
- LOEM will equip indigenous church planters all over Europe to plant new churches.
- LOEM will equip believers to reach non-Christians.
- LOEM will strengthen Christ followers by allowing them opportunities to be involved in evangelistic work.
What We Believe:
We are not a creedal people. That is we recognize no written authority higher than the Bible. The following statement of faith expresses convictions generally held by most Evangelicals on basic Christian doctrines.
What we believe about the Bible.
The Bible, consisting of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation, is God’s holy, inspired Word. God supernaturally directed the writers of the Bible so that without waving their human intelligence, literary styles, or personal feelings, His complete and coherent message to man was recorded. We depend on the Bible for our knowledge of God other than the fact of His existence and power. Jesus is our final authority in matters of faith and practice.
(Psalm 119; Matthew 5:17-18; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-20)
What we believe about God.
There is but one true God. His essence is spirit. He is invisible. He is living. He is a Person, not an impersonal spirit, force, or cosmic mind. God is self-existent. He is not dependent upon anything outside of Himself. God is infinitely immense. He is not limited by space. He has no time restrictions. God is eternal. He is without beginning or end. God is perfect unity, thus not divisible into parts. He may be described as omnipresent – present everywhere, omniscient – all knowing, omnipotent – all powerful, and omnificent – all creating.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; John 4:24; I Timothy 6:16; I Thessalonians 1:9; John 3:16; Exodus 3:14; I kings 8:27; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 139; Jeremiah 32:17)
What we believe about the Trinity.
There are three eternal distinctions in the One divine essence of the God-head. They are known as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each is co-eternal and co-equal with the others. While the term ‘Trinity’ is not found in Scripture, this truth about God is inexplicable and is clearly taught in the Bible.
(Genesis 1:1-2; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 2:9)
What we believe about Jesus Christ.
He is eternal God. He is the only begotten of the Father. He always has been God and he always will be God. His coming was foretold by the prophets. He left Heaven and became a man, being born of a virgin mother. He lived a perfect life, never sinning – even once. He preached with authority; performed miracles, died a death He didn’t deserve – to pay for our sins, was raised back to life by the power of the Father to be our Savior, and ascended back to Heaven ever to make intercession for Believers. We also believe His promise that He will return to Earth and that His return is imminent.
(Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:18; 7:29; 27:32-50; 28:1-10; John 1:1-14; 3:16; 10:30; Acts 1:4-11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 4:15; I John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:3; 7:25; 13:8)
What we believe about the Holy Spirit.
He, too, is God in His very essence. He is not an impersonal spirit or force. He is a Person, exhibiting personality, feelings, and will. He convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment. His purpose is to glorify Christ. He draws the lost to the Savior. He indwells those who trust Christ. He fills or controls those who yield to Him. He gives gifts to every believer so that they might in turn strengthen the Church.
(John 16:7-15; John 3:3-7; 15:26; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 6:19; 12:11; Ephesians 5:18)
What we believe about Salvation.
We are sinners by nature and by choice. The essence of sin is rebellion against God. The result is alienation from a loving Heavenly Father. Because of that sinful human nature, we cannot save ourselves. However, God loves us and has always had a plan to save us, to bring us back to Himself. It involved the shedding of innocent blood. That’s why Jesus left Heaven’s glory and came to Earth: to die on the cross. His blood became the once-for-all payment for our sin. The Bible teaches that this salvation is offered as a free gift to ‘whosoever’ will accept it by making a faith commitment to Jesus Christ. Upon making such a faith commitment to Jesus as Lord, the individual is born again spiritually and in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit Who serves to transform the believer into the likeness of Jesus Himself. Furthermore, we believe that this salvation is secure forever and that every true Believer will persevere to the end, never renouncing his faith.
(John 3:1-16; 6:37; John 10:28; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 8:9, 28-29; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 1:6; 2:6-11; Hebrews 9:12, 22)
What we believe about the Church.
The Church is Christ’s Body on Earth. Each local body of Believers is composed of those who have trusted in Christ as their Savior and Lord and willingly followed Him in Believer’s baptism. The Church’s responsibility is to serve the Lord with the goal of preaching the gospel to the whole world. She is to minister to others in Jesus’ name, in effect, doing whatever Jesus would do if He were still here in the flesh.
(Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20; John 13:12-17; I Corinthians 12:12-31)