We are called to serve, not to be served.
As Christ came to this world to serve rather than to be served, we desire for
those in our congregation to regularly serve both in our various ministries and
through Love Thy Neighbor to help the poor and marginalized of Lyon, France.
“We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. For even
Christ didn't live to please himself.” (Romans 15:2-3)
It is our desire to live life as God intended for us to live both within and outside of
the International Christian Church of Lyon. We desire to serve our neighbors as
much as each other. Please contact us to help you get connected.
ICCL’s Statement of Faith
The Five Solas are:
Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Scripture alone is our authoritative source for faith and life.
Sola Fide (“faith alone”): God’s gift of salvation is received by faith alone.
Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): The unmerited favor of God is alone the basis for our salvation.
Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Only the work of Jesus Christ, God incarnate, who died for our sins and was raised for our justification, can save us.
Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): The glory for all that God has done for us goes to him alone.
Let’s have a brief look at each of these five points.
The Scriptures alone are our ultimate and trustworthy authority for faith and practice. This doesn’t mean that the Bible is the only place where truth is found but it does mean that everything we learn about God and His world, should be interpreted in light of Scripture. The Bible gives us everything we need for our theology.
Every word of the 66 books of the Bible is inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit also helps us to understand and obey Scripture.
2 Peter 2:20, the Bible is about Jesus Christ and his role as God and Savior. Additionally, Romans 15:4 is 2 Timothy 2:16.
SOLA FIDE AND SOLA GRATIA
We are saved solely through faith in Jesus Christ because of God’s grace and Christ’s merit alone. We are not saved by our merits or declared righteous by our good works. God grants salvation not because of the good things we do, and despite our sin.
As humans, we inherited (from our ancestor Adam) a nature that is enslaved to sin. Because of our nature, we are naturally enemies of God and lovers of evil. We need to be made alive (regenerated) so that we can even have faith in Christ. God graciously chooses to give us new hearts so that we trust in Christ and are saved through faith alone.
God graciously preserves us and keeps us. When we are faithless toward him, he is still faithful.
We can only stand before God by his grace as he mercifully attributes to us the righteousness of Jesus Christ and attributes to him the consequences of our sins. Jesus’ life of perfect righteousness is counted as ours, and our records of sin and failure were counted to Jesus when he died on the cross.
Sola fide and sola gratia express the teaching of Ephesians 2:8:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Only the work of Jesus Christ, God incarnate, who died for our sins and was raised for our justification, can save us. God has given the ultimate revelation of himself to us by sending Jesus Christ, (Colossians 1:15). Only through God’s gracious self-revelation in Jesus do we come to a saving and transforming knowledge of God.
1 Timothy 1:5. Because God is holy and all humans are sinful and sinners, 1 John 1:1 ,Hebrews 7:25, Romans 8:34. Neither religious rituals nor good works mediate between us and God. Acts 4:12 by which a person can be saved other than the name of Jesus. Hebrews 7:23, and his sacrificial death alone can atone for sin.
SOLI DEO GLORIA
Glory belongs to God alone. God’s glory is the central motivation for salvation, not improving the lives of people—though that is a wonderful by product. God is not a means to an end—he is the means and the end.
The goal of all of life is to give glory to God alone: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). As The Westminster Catechism says, the chief purpose of human life is “to glorify God and enjoy him forever.”