Vision Statement: "Living Life On Purpose so that others can see and experience the awe and wonder of God and His Kingdom."
Helping people DISCOVER the Kingdom
Helping people DEVELOP in Jesus
Helping people DEPLOY missionally into their neighborhoods
Since we have a new identity in Christ, he has created each of us for a purpose in life. Not only that, but he has given each of us spiritual gifts. Thus we encourage our members to explore these gifts and see which one(s) God has given them to use for His glory. Then consider how these time, talents and treasures can be used in the church. As the body of Christ we encourage everyone to be sent out by God and His Church to be missionaries in our communities and the world.
People (Matthew 12:9-14; Mark 3:5)
Because people matter to God, people matter to us here at The LIFEhouse! This is the kind of church we must be if God is going to use us.
Safety (John 4:16-19)
This must be a safe place where people can share unsafe things.
Application of Scripture (James 1:22)
God wants us to be doers, not hearers only.
D.L. Moody – the Bible was not given for our information, but for our transformation.
Compassion (Matthew 9:35-36)
Jesus went to the people because he had a heart of compassion.
Prayer (Hebrews 5:7)
Nothing happens without prayer.
“‘My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers.'” Luke 19:46NIV
Stepping Out of the Boat (Matthew 14:29)
To accomplish our vision, we must be willing to step out by faith and risk something for God (Hebrews 11:6).
Service “He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30 NIV
Jesus put it this way, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” Luke 9:25 NIV
Placing our faith wholly in the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation, we accept:
That the Bible is God’s Word given by divine inspiration, the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity (II Timothy 3:16). It is trustworthy, sufficient, without error – the supreme authority and guide for all doctrine and conduct (I Peter 1:23-25; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17). It is the truth by which God brings people into a saving relationship with Himself and leads them to Christian maturity (John 20:31, I John 5:9-12; Matthew 4:4; 1 Peter 2:2).
That there is one living and true God, perfect in wisdom, sovereignty, holiness, justice, mercy and love (I Timothy 1:17; Psalm 86:15; Deuteronomy 32:3-4). He exists eternally in three coequal persons who act together in creation, providence and redemption (Genesis 1:26; I Peter 1:2; Hebrews 1:1-3).
The Father reigns over all life and history in the created universe. He hears and answers prayer (I Chronicles 29:11-13; Matthew 7:11). He initiated salvation by sending His Son, and He is Father to those who by faith accept His Son as Lord and Savior (I John 4:9-10; John 3:16; John 1:12; Acts 16:31).
The Son became man, Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18). Being fully God and fully man, He revealed God through His sinless life, miracles and teaching (John 14:9; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 4:23-24). He provided salvation through His atoning death in our place and by His bodily resurrection (I Corinthians 15:3-4; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:23-25). He ascended into heaven where He rules over all creation (Philippians 2:5-11). He intercedes for all believers and dwells in them as their ever-present Lord (Romans 8:34; John 14:23).
The Holy Spirit inspired men to write the Scriptures (II Peter 1:21). Through this Word, He convicts individuals of their sinfulness and of the righteousness of Christ, draws them to the Savior, and bears witness to their new birth (James 1:18; John 16:7-11; I Thessalonians 1:5-6; Romans 8:16). At this conversion, the believer receives the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:13). The Spirit indwells, seals and gives spiritual gifts to all believers (Romans 8:9-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 12:5-8; I Peter 4:10). He empowers, guides, teaches, fills, sanctifies and produces the fruit of Christlikeness in all who yield to Him (Acts 4:31; Romans 8:14; I Corinthians 2:10-13; Ephesians 5:18; II Thessalonians 2:13; Galatians 5:16; 22-23). The gift of tongues can be an area of disagreement and disunity among evangelical Christians. We choose not to engage in the promotion or public practice of speaking in tongues (I Corinthians 1:10).
That God created an order of spiritual beings called angels to serve Him and do His will (Psalm 148:1-5; Colossians 1:16). The holy angels are obedient spirits ministering to believers and glorifying God (Hebrews 1:6-7; 13-14). Other angels, called demons, Satan being their chief, through deliberate choice revolted and fell from their exalted position (Revelation 12:7-9). They now tempt individuals to rebel against God. (I Timothy 4:1; I Peter 5:8).
That God created man in His own image to have fellowship with Himself and to be steward over His creation (Genesis 1:26-28). As a result, each person is unique, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect (Psalm 139:13-17). Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conceptions through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Genesis 1:27-30, Ecclesiastes 3:1-2).
Through the temptation of Satan, Adam chose to disobey God; this brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21; 8-22). Therefore, everyone is born with a sinful nature and needs to be reconciled to God (Romans 3:9-18, 23). Satan tempts people to rebel against God, even those who love Him (Ephesians 4:27; II Corinthians 2:11; Matthew 16:23). Nonetheless, everyone is personally responsible to God for thoughts, actions and beliefs and has the right to approach Him directly through Jesus Christ, the only mediator (Romans 14:12; I Timothy 2:5).
That salvation is redemption by Christ of the whole person from sin and death (II Timothy 1:9-10; I Thessalonians 5:23). Salvation is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (I Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 20:21). An individual is united to Christ by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27). As a child of God, the believer is acquitted of all guilt and brought into a new relationship of peace (Romans 5:1). Christians grow as the Holy Spirit enables them to understand and obey the Word of God (II Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:15; I Thessalonians 3:12).
That the Church is the body of which Christ is the head and all who believe in Him are members (Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 12:4-5). Christians are commanded to be baptized upon profession of faith and to unite with a local church for mutual encouragement and growth in discipleship through worship, service, and the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Acts2:41-42, 47; Luke 24:45-48). Each church is a self- governing body under the lordship of Christ with all members sharing responsibility (Acts 13:1-3; 14:26-28). We observe the symbolic ordinances of believer’s baptism by immersion (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:37-39; Romans 6:3, 4) and communion of the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:23-26) in obedience to the command of Christ (John 14:15).
That Christians, individually and collectively, are salt and light in society (Matthew 5:13- 16). In a Christ-like spirit, they oppose greed, selfishness and vice, they promote truth, justice and peace, they aide the needy and preserve the dignity of people of all races and conditions (Hebrews 13:5; Luke 9:23; Titus 2:12; Philippians 4:8-9; I John 3:16-17; James 2:1-4). We affirm the family as the basic unit of society and seek to preserve its integrity and stability (Genesis 2:21-25; Ephesians 6:1-4). We believe that the Bible teaches that marriage refers to the covenant relationship exclusively between one man and one woman, as instituted by God in the beginning (Genesis 2:20b-24; I Corinthians 7:2; Hebrews 13:4).
That God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and the new earth (Ephesians 1:9-10, Revelation 21:1). We believe that Jesus Christ will return to the earth suddenly, personally and visibly in glory according to His promise (Titus2:13; Revelation 1:7; 3:11; John 14:1-3). The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge mankind in righteousness (John 5:28-29). The unrighteous will be consigned to the everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10). The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and dwell forever with the Lord (Philippians 3:20-21; II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
A photo directory is available in the church lobby.
A photo directory is available in the church lobby.