These 5 stakes drive us to share the Gospel everywhere we go.
We will do whatever it takes to reach people for Jesus.
Each and every person is important, and the reason why we exist.
We will be people who give of our resources, time and self to accomplish our vision
Not only locally will we seek to grow the kingdom, but we desire to plant more churches and take the Gospel overseas.
Without passion, we know we cannot accomplish what we believe God has put before us to do.
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27 ; 3:22, Psalms 90:2, Matthew 28:19, I Peter 1:2, II Corinthians 13:14
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates man from God.
Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, I John 2:25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of men by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5, 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer for forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6; 1:12, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.
John 10:29, II Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14, I Peter 1:3-5
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.
II Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13; 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16, Ephesians 1:13; 5:18 Galatians 5:25
The Bible is the Word of God to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119:105, 160, Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5
LifeSong Church is a diverse community of people, of young and old, rich and poor, all
races, colors and creeds, all of which are on a spiritual journey. While some have known
Jesus for decades, still others are learning about the claims of Christ for the very first time.
It is important that we present a clear vision of the style of ministry and type of church
LifeSong will strive to be. While this ministry perspective is broad, it gives us a
framework and direction to the church we are and the church we want to become in the future.
We like to put it this way: LifeSong is not an ‘either/or’ church. Rather, we are a ‘both/and’ church.
• We consider ourselves “attractional” AND “missional”
• We think that the church should be for believers AND unbelievers.
• We believe we should be about evangelization AND discipleship.
• We think worship should be celebratory AND reflective.
• We believe messages should be Biblical AND relevant.
• We affirm that we should be a “come and see” AND a “go and be” church.
• We fully commit to being the Church inside AND outside of the church walls.
• We feel it’s our responsibility to mobilize our people for service in the church AND in the community.
Our weekend services are “attractional”. We want the people in our community to ‘come
and see’ what Jesus is up to. We encourage our attenders to invest in their friends and
invite them to our services as part of the spiritual search. In doing so, we promise to
present Jesus and the Gospel in a way we think will resonate with them. Our music style
is something they will enjoy; and our worship will be compelling and inviting to the non-
believer. Our messages will be relevant to both mature believers and those just starting
their spiritual journey. Each weekend, we’ll inspire and motivate people to take their next
step in their faith journey in order to become a more fully devoted follower of Jesus.
At the same time, we consider our church to be ‘missional’. We want our church to not
just ‘come and see’ but also ‘go and be’. This means that we put a high value on
disciple-making and mentoring at every level of ministry. Our end goal is to develop fully
devoted followers of Christ who are missionaries where we live, work and play. We
want to raise up an army of people who are able to serve Jesus both inside and outside the church walls.
The church in Acts 2 was both attractional AND missional. LifeSong will strive to keep a
balance of both, knowing that without the ‘missional’ aspects of our ministry, we would
have the tendency to become a weekend ‘show’ without substance; and without the
‘attractional’ aspects of ministry, we would miss out on an important opportunity and
mandate we have as a church to share the message of Jesus with our community however possible.
This ministry and philosophy statement comes out of our steadfast commitment to obey
and apply God’s Word for His glory. We realize that this is a ‘living document’ that will
need to be consistently evaluated and tweaked to insure this main goal is kept in balance and focus.