At Lakes Church our mission is to:
FOLLOW JESUS, MAKE DISCIPLES AND LOVE OTHERS.
IT IS OUR PASSION TO SEE LIFE CHANGE IN INDIVIDUALS AS THEY ENCOUNTER THE POWER OF GOD AND EXPERIENCE GENUINE CHRIST-CENTERED COMMUNITY.
- follow Jesus, advancing His kingdom
- make disciples, fulfilling Christ’s commission
- love others, showing them Jesus
Our Strategy for Encouraging Life-Change
We are called to follow Christ in four areas of life:
- Love God through worship. We live that out daily in our full devotion to Christ and as we gather weekly for corporate worship.
(John 4:24, Romans 12:1, Hebrews 10: 24-25)
- Grow in God through groups. We believe that life change happens in small groups of Christian community.
(Luke 6:12-13, Acts 2:42-47, Philippians 1:6)
- Serve God through teams. We encourage people to serve others based on their gifts and passions.
(Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, Ephesians 4:12-13)
- Share God through outreach. We desire to reach people for Jesus by impacting local communities and those around the world.
(Matthew 20:26-28, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8)
Lakes Church has been called by God to be a regional church that will:
- preach and teach the full gospel of Christ,
- disciple believers into maturity in their faith-filled walk with Christ,
- equip believers to become the ministers that God has called them to be,
- train and commission men and women who have been called into full time ministry,
- Be a launching point for missionaries and support for missionaries,
- reach out to the lost, hurting and desperate in the region, and
- worship God through obedience to his word and love for his people
We Believe That:
The Bible is the Inspired Word of God.
The Old and New Testament are verbally inspired by God, the only written revelation from God to man. The Bible is infallible and the authoritative rule of faith and conduct for mankind (II Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13 & Peter 1:21).
There is one true God.
God is called by many different names because of the different dimensions of His personality, but God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). God is super-dimensional and eternally self-existent (Jn. 8:54-59). God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is the creator of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1&2). While God is one, He has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God
Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God. The Scripture declares his virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-23); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26 & 1 Peter 2:22 & 1 John 3:4,5); His miracles (Acts 2:22 & 10:37-38); His substitutionary death on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21 & 1 Peter 2:24 & 1 Corinthians 15:4); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:1-6 & 1 Corinthians 15:4); His exaltation tot he right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11 & Philippians 2:9-11).
The Fall of Man
Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 2:26). However, by a voluntary act of the will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6). That first sin had several repercussions. Man was excommunicated from the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23), a curse was pronounced (Genesis 3:14-19), the process of physical death began (Genesis 2:17). and man died spiritually (Romans 5:12-19). Sin separated humankind from God (Ephesians 2:11-18) and left man in a fallen or sinful condition (Romans 3:23).
The Salvation of Man
The only means of salvation is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12 & John 14:6). He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins (1 Peter 2:24). He offers each of us a pardon for our sins (Hebrews 9:26) and wants us to become children of God (John 1:12)
When we put our faith in Christ, it triggers a spiritual chain reaction. We become the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19). Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Rev. 3:5)/ We become citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20-21). We are given eternal life (John 3:16). We are adopted and become children of God (Gal 4:4-7). Our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Heb 8:12). We are credited with the righteousness of Christ (Rom 4:4-5) We are born-again (John 3:3). God takes ownership of us (1 Cor. 6:20). We receive an eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14 & 1 Peter 1:3-5).
The evidence of salvation is two-fold. The internal evidence is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). The external evidence is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23). We become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and are transformed into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The Ordinances of the Church
Baptism in Water
The Scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized by immersion (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ. It is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is a declaration to the world that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).
The Lord’s table consists of two elements: the bread and cup. Those elements are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. Communion is a memorial of Christ’s sufferings on the cross and a celebration of our salvation. It is an opportunity for a believer to examine himself and experience forgiveness.
The Church and Its Mission.
The Church is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-27) and has a three-fold purpose: To evangelize the world (Acts 1:8 & Mark 16:15-16), to worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13), and to equip for ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16 & 1 Cor. 12:28, 14:12)
The Holy Spirit
The nine fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity. The nine gifts of the Spirit are different manifestations of the Spirit to build up the body (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). We are instructed to diligently seek the gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:1), but they must be exercised in an orderly way (1 Corinthians 14:26-33) in the context of love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13).
The Final Judgement
There will be a final judgement in which the dead will be resurrected and judged according to their works (Matthew 25:31-46 & Romans 2:19). Everyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life, along with the devil and his angels, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire (Revelations 20:11-15). Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be resurrected and stand at the judgement seat of Christ to be rewarded for their good deeds (1 Corinthians 4:5).
Our Core Values:
God’s word will be communicated in a way that brings application into people’s lives.
Our strategies and methods will be effective in a changing culture.
God defines community in His existence, and calls for us to be a church of community. In all we do, we will go beyond surface facades to meaningful relationships.
God desires that we be genuine and authentic in obedience to him. We will be genuine in our relationship with Him and authentic in how we represent that relationship to our community and to each other.
As a church we also value: