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Values and Beliefs

Imagine a church that believes God is up to something. Imagine a church that believes God loves everyone (and we mean everyone) so much that He wants to pursue them. Imagine a church that allows God to do that through them!

That is what Lifehouse is. Lifehouse is a gathering of people who desire to experience a full life. We are not perfect and we don’t pretend to be. We don’t have all the answers and we don’t act like we do. We don’t think you have to look or act like anyone else and we don’t want you to. We want you to be just who you are because that is who God loves and who God is seeking.

When we say you belong here, we truly mean it. Regardless of your past, your baggage, or your pain, you belong here. How do we know? Well…we aren’t perfect either and God has shown us love. If He can love us…we are sure He loves you too.

At Lifehouse, worship experiences are designed to allow you and God to meet. Nothing more because once you experience God we know He will do everything else. Nothing less because you deserve to experience God and we are committed to helping you do that.

We strive to create an environment where you are welcome and feel like you belong from the moment you arrive. Whether it is fun at Lifehouse Kids, the upbeat and uplifting music of the Lifehouse band, the relevant and inspiring messages of our pastors or the genuine and authentic community, we know you will feel right at home when you come to Lifehouse.

Values

 

Our values inform how we interact with one another.  Our values influence how we engage with the world.  Our values are how we live.

  • We dream big – God dreams big and so will we.  The size of our dreams will match the size of our God.
  • We value the Kingdom over church – We exist to grow God’s Kingdom and our efforts are focused toward that goal.  Growth in the church is secondary.
  • We offer everyone God’s grace – God’s grace is a free gift for all people and we will take that gift as far as our feet will take us.
  • We do life together – We believe that life is better with others in it.  The Bible does not speak of solitary faith and neither will we.
  • We serve others – We are not self-serving.  Instead, we will seek to serve the hurting, the lonely, and those in need in our communities.
  • We do the right thing – The right thing is always the right thing and we strive to do what is right no matter how difficult it may be.

Beliefs

 

We are a people of grace who choose to extend that grace to a broken and hurting world.  For that reason, we are a community of faith that chooses to be known for what we stand for rather than what we stand against.  We believe that there are many beliefs that we can gracefully disagree on but a few that are essential for the Christian faith.  For those that are essential, we believe:

  • The Bible: We believe the sixty six books of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired and holy Word of God…God-breathed.  The Bible is our textbook.  It is our source of knowledge about God and Christ and contains all the truth necessary for understanding our way to salvation. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

 

  • The Trinity: We believe God is one living and true God, but who forever (and mysteriously) exists in perfect community as three equal and fully divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.   Each form of God, while having different but complementary roles in our lives, has the same nature, characteristics and being, and is worthy of equal praise and obedience. (Matthew 28:19-20; John 1:1-4; Acts 5:3-4)

 

  • God the Father: We believe God the Father is the creator of the universe.  He has unimaginable intelligence, infinite knowledge and is all-powerful.  God has authority and control over all creation and yet desires to love us very personally as His children. (Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3; John 1:12-13)

 

  • God the Son: We believe Jesus Christ is uniquely God’s Son—fully God and yet fully human, sent by God, to be born of Mary. He lived a sinless life and serves as our role model for life on earth.  It is because of His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead that people are forgiven of their sins, brought into relationship with God, and promised real life here and now and eternal life to come. (John 14:9-12,19; 2 Corinthians 5:19)
  • God the Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is God’s presence with us on earth today – our primary teacher, comforter and source of God’s power.  The Holy Spirit came in a new and mighty way upon Christians at Pentecost and is present in the world today.  The Holy Spirit convinces the world of sin and leads people to respond in faith to the Gospel message. (Acts 2; John 16:7-11; Romans 8)

 

  • Salvation: We believe that because of rebellion against God going all the way back to Adam, all people sin, and therefore, deserve separation from God.  People, on our own, can never overcome sin or please God.  Jesus’ death on the cross was a sacrifice on our behalf, and makes possible our forgiveness and reconciliation with God. This is not because of anything we might do for God, but out of His grace and love for us.  To repent from (be sorry for) our sins and trust in Jesus Christ are the only requirements for us to receive this gift from God of forgiveness and eternal life. (Romans 2:22-26,5:1; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

  • Holiness: As the result of commitment to God through Jesus, we grow in faith.  Our love for God and for one another becomes more complete, although we can never become sinless.  As we grow in our Christian faith, our desire to please God and live like Jesus also grows. (Romans 8:29)
  • Heaven and Hell: We believe that God desires for all of us as His children to spend eternity with Him in heaven.   Jesus alone will judge our eternal destiny, but those who have not accepted Jesus’ offer of forgiveness and new life risk living apart from Him for all eternity. (2 Peter 3:9)

 

  • Baptism: In baptism, we acknowledge and celebrate the grace of God, freely offered to us before we were even aware of it.  We confess our sin, accept membership in the family of Christ, and vow to trust in and serve Jesus Christ.  Baptism is the public sign of God’s covenant with us.  It is a communal celebration; the congregation vows to nurture and support those being baptized—adults or infants.  We believe baptism may occur at any age.  We enter this world as imperfect beings in need of salvation, and it is through God’s grace that we can be in this covenant relationship with Him.  When infants are presented for baptism, parents and the entire church pledge to surround the children with Christian care and teaching until the children profess and confirm their faith for themselves when older. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-39, 16:15,33)

 

  • Communion: We believe that communion is a remembrance of the suffering and death of Christ and a way of drawing Christians’ focus back to the essentials of faith on a regular basis.  We believe in an open table—that all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are welcome to participate in this blessing from God. (Luke 22:14-21)