We exist to lead people to life in Jesus Christ
We accomplish this by:
In one of the most well-known passages in the New Testament (The Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20), Jesus commands His disciples to go and make more disciples. When we add the words of Jesus found in another well-known passage in the New Testament, known as the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40), we can conclude that a disciple of Jesus is devoted to loving God and loving others by equipping and empowering others to do the same. We are called to multiply as we extend life to a dead world.
who are engaging in:
We are created to worship, and each of us worships something, whether it be our Creator or His creation. This means there are no neutral desires or deeds, and that everything is an expression of worship. God created us to worship Him, He who alone is worthy of our worship. And as we worship Him in spirit and in truth, we discover our true purpose as human beings - to be worshipers of God - and subsequently experience the satisfaction our souls desperately crave. (John 4:21-24) Life consists of constant worship. Worship is so much more than a service we attend once or twice a week or a particular place we show up; it’s a sacrificial life (Romans 12:1-2) lived every moment of every day of every week to the glory of God in all we do, whether we eat, drink, speak, think, work, or breathe. (1 Corinthians 10:31).
We worship a relational God, who has eternally existed in a triune relationship with Himself - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Therefore, as people created in the image of God, we are created for relationship with God and relationship with others. This means our individual relationship with God, though personal, is never intended to be private, and that the Christian faith is not intended to be lived in isolation but is meant to be lovingly and gracefully shared with others.
This is the essence of what it means to be the church - which is more than a place to attend but a people to who we belong, a community of people of growing in relationship with God as we grow in relationship with one another. As members of Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-31), we are called, not to be observers, but participants in the life of the church for the glory of God and for the good of His people. This involves a loving commitment to others, an openness to accountability and vulnerability, and a willingness to remain consistent which goes beyond mere attendance and casual involvement. (See also Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:23-25)
To learn more about living in community through Group Life here at Life Church, visit our Life Groups page.
Serving requires sacrifice and humility, and should always be motivated in love. In John 13:1-20, we read the account of Jesus washing His disciples' feet, which was a task reserved for a servant, inconceivable for someone referred to as Teacher, Master and Lord. But by doing so, Jesus gave an abiding example of a life best lived - a life of service - and issued a command for us to follow in His steps. We are saved that we might now serve. We are set free to live into something bigger that ourselves.
A life of fullness is found in a life of generosity and cheerful giving. As human beings, we are created in the image and likeness of a God who by His nature is a giver (John 3:16) which means we too are created to be givers. We are created out of God's love and, therefore, created to worship God and to express His love to others through our giving. This is the greatest expression of the life of God in us. While it is true that we can give without loving, it is virtually impossible to love without giving, and when we experience God's love through Gospel-Centered Worship and Gospel-Centered Community, the result is expressing that love through arts of giving and generosity. We call these expressions of love Gospel-Centered Service.
To learn more about how to get involved by serving on one of our ministry teams, visit our Missions page.
To learn more about specific goals and plans for 2017, check out this year's Strategic Plan below.