Our beliefs and values are important
When you're trying to find your people, we know it helps to know up front what that church family preaches and teaches. Here are some basic guidelines that will help you know what we believe, what we value, and what we practice here at Life:
What Do We Believe?
The sole basis for our beliefs is the Bible, which is uniquely God-inspired, without error, and the final authority on all matters on which it speaks. We find our identity in Christ and see ourselves and others the way God sees us as revealed in His Word.
As the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each possessing all the attributes of deity.
Salvation comes only through God’s grace – not human effort – and must be received personally by repentance and faith. Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. We love Jesus and deeply desire a personal relationship with Him.
The Holy Spirit draws people to Christ and indwells the believer to live a victorious Christian life. We believe in and depend on the power of the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and empower us in the everyday of life. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are very much for the present day and that supernatural miracles and healing are a matter of course for believers in an active and involved God.
What Do We Value?
God’s grace is defined as the unmerited or undeserving favor of God received by those who otherwise deserve condemnation for their sins.
his Word and His Spirit
We believe that God’s written word should always lead us to an encounter with Jesus, the living Word. We love, treasure and respect the written word and love how Holy Spirit brings it to life.
We worship God in Spirit and in Truth. This what we are made to do and an integral part of who we are. We crave the presence of God and believe He inhabits our praise, so corporate worship will always be the focus of our gatherings. We can worship God in many ways: in music, in speech, in giving, in actions, and in our lives. His love and mercy fuel a passionate desire in us to worship Him.
God made us to be His witnesses. We always put the advancement of His Kingdom first in everything we do at work, at home, and anywhere He calls us.
God not only desires His people to pray, but He also hears and answers prayer. Jesus prayed out of an intimacy with His Father who is our Father and we should follow His example.
Giving of Ourselves
The Gospel is the ultimate demonstration of God’s generous nature toward mankind. The Bible teaches us that God blesses us so that we may bless others. We serve to imitate Christ. Hospitality allows us to show attitudes of love and acceptance toward others. God is generous and His desire is for us to give or our time, gifts, and financial resources in this world. (2 Cor. 9:6-7).
Culture of Honor
We aim to cultivate a culture of honor and freedom wherein people can be enabled to become the individuals that God has called them to be. The church is called to be a place of freedom, respect, empowerment, and healthy discipline (not punishment). We strive to see people the way God sees them and treat them the way Jesus does.
What Do We Practice?
Bible Study and Prayer
A vibrant relationship with God is sustained through Bible study and prayer. We must draw all we can from the Word of God which is His instruction book to us. We talk with God to get to know Him. (Acts 2:42; 2Timothy 3:16-17).
Family / Relationships
God never intended for us to go through life alone. Throughout the Bible, we see the importance of being in community. In fact, authentic life-change happens in the context of relationships. (Hebrews 10:25; Acts 5:42).
Spirit of God
The Bible teaches us to “Walk by the Spirit” and not by the flesh. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The Bible also encourages us to exercise the gifts of the Spirit that build up the church. We believe these gifts are as much in operation today as they were in the early church. We value the Presence of God and seek to worship, honor and adore the Father and seek His Presence. (Galatians 5:16; 22-23).
Share our Faith
Sharing the gospel should be an active and regular part of the Christian’s life. God’s heart is to reach those that don’t know Him. We should be passionate about doing the same. (Acts 1:8).
Giving strengthens our faith, it is an investment in eternity; it draws us near to God and will enable us to walk with an outward focus just as Jesus did. Our giving should be from the heart. It should be done willingly, cheerfully, expectantly, sacrificially, and generously. (2 Cor. 9:6).
Jesus was willing to lay down His life for His sheep. Jesus washed His disciples’ feet and honored servanthood as the greatest role. Leaders in a church should do likewise. (1 John 3:16) (Matthew 20:25-26)
Power in Holy Spirit
We believe in and practice the gifts of Holy Spirit. We come to our meetings with momentum, expectation, and excitement for what God will do. We lay hands on people to receive God’s healing. We prophecy God’s heart and the Holy Spirit’s encouragement over each other. We follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in full belief that He has the power to accomplish the Father’s purpose for us and our world. We treasure His gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control and express them to a world that is in desperate need of them.