OUR VALUES AND BELIEFS

Our Core Values

Our vision reflects seven basic, core values-distinctive priorities that define the kind of church we believe God wants us to be. They are central to our identity and purpose. As a church, we are committed to being: 


Personally Authentic 

We believe God intends us to live life honestly. Not afraid to admit our flaws and fears, not pressured to pretend we're someone we're not. We believe God accepts people right where they are and lovingly moves them toward where He desires them to be. We're committed to living authentic lives with God, with ourselves, and with each other (Matthew 5:37; Romans 15:7; Galatians 6:2; James 5:16). 


Lovingly Relational

We believe that spiritual growth happens best in caring relationships, where people actively participate in a small community of believers that encourages, challenges, prays, serves, and learns together. We believe that the small (cell) group is the most effective context for discipleship, leadership training, and evangelism. When joined together, these cells form a church that is a purposeful, loving community. We are committed to developing an expanding network of cell groups, and to a church structure that keeps them at the center of our programming, emphasis, and organization (Acts 2:42-47; Galatians 6:1-2; Ephesians 4:1-16). 


Culturally Relevant

We believe God wants to reach people in ways that are meaningful to them. Our style is contemporary. We're not interested in passing fads or gimmicks, we simply want to use the clearest, most effective means possible to communicate God's message. We are committed to presenting the truths of Christianity in a creative and relevant manner without compromising the gospel in any way (Acts 17:16-34; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23). 


Unapologetically Biblical

We believe the Bible is true; that it is authoritative and applicable to every part of our lives. While we are progressive in our methods, we are conservative in theology, grounded securely to the truths of historic, evangelical Christianity. We study, teach, and follow Scripture as our sole authority and guidebook for life. We are committed to being thoroughly Biblical and doctrinally pure in all we do (John 17:14-17; Ephesians 6:17; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17; Hebrews 4:12). 


Outreach Oriented 

We believe the answers for all of life and eternity are found in a restored personal relationship with God through faith in Christ. We are committed to spreading His love and message to those who don't yet know it, empowering people to express their faith confidently and naturally, and cultivating purposeful relationships with unbelievers. We are dedicated to expanding our outreach-both personally and corporately-to our friends, family, community, and world (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23). 


Lay-Ministry Mobilized 

We believe God never intended church to be a spectator sport, but that He gives vital spiritual gifts to every believer. We believe their discovery, development, and exercise are the primary instrument of Christ to minister to His body. We are committed to helping people serve each other according to their spiritual gifts, strengthening each other until all reach full maturity (Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:1-16; 1 Peter 4:8-11). 


Grace Focused

We believe the central, driving force of the universe and in our lives is the unmerited grace and love of God. We believe His grace alone-not our effort or accomplishment-is responsible for producing eternal life, freedom from sin and its control, and lasting change in an individual's character. We are committed to focusing on and celebrating that grace, and fostering an environment that reflects it in our lives and relationships (Romans 4:5; 5:20-21; 8:31-39; Ephesians 2:1-10).

Cornerstone Involvements

When people ask what it means to be fully involved in the spiritual journey of Life Community Church, we point toward the six cornerstone spiritual involvements lists here.


We say, based on the Bible's teaching on the church and spiritual health, that be being active in all six of these involvements, a person will go a long way toward maximizing his or her growth and impact.


We then provide resources and supplemental outlets for the ongoing spiritual development of Christ-followers who call LCC home.  A variety of one-time events, educational resources, and other outlets are made available to those pursuing specific way to grow and serve.

Statement of Faith

God

We believe there is one God: the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are co-equal. Gen. 1:1-2,26; Ex. 3:14; Ps. 90:2; Matt. 28:19; John 8:58;10:30; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:4; 1 Tim. 2:5; 6:15-16


Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ is the one and only eternal Son of God, deity, who entered the world as a human conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, and gave His life on the cross as a representative and substitutionary payment for the sins of the world. On the third day He conquered death and rose bodily from the grave, appeared to men, and ascended to heaven. He will return again bodily to earth to reclaim His followers, judge all the peoples of the earth, and establish His Kingdom. Isa. 9:6; Matt. 1:22,26; John 1:1,15; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor. 15:3,4; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:5-7; Col. 1:17,19; 2:9; 2 Tim. 2:4-6; Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:3,8


Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is God, sent by the Father to minister on earth by convicting people of their need for Christ, baptizing, sealing and indwelling all who put their faith in Christ at the time of their conversion, and gifting, guiding, filling, and empowering believers to know God and serve Him effectively. Gen. 1:2; John 14:16-17; 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:19; 12:4-13; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 1:13; 4:6,30; 5:18; 2 Thess. 2:13; Titus 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:2


The Bible

We believe the Bible is the Word of God. It was verbally inspired by God, infallible and inerrant in its original form, delivered by the Holy Spirit through human authors, and is the sole, final authority in all matters of faith and practice. Ps. 119:105; John 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:19-21


Humanity

We believe humanity is the capstone of God's creation, made in the image of God for the purpose of knowing God and enjoying Him forever. Through Adam's sin all people became separated from God, incapable of fulfilling their purpose and powerless to change their condition or restore themselves to God. Gen. 1:26-31; 3:1-23; Ps. 8:3-6; Isa. 64:6-7;Rom. 3:9-20; 5:12; 6:23


Salvation

We believe salvation is a gift from God to humanity, offered solely on the basis of God's unmerited love for man through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ on their behalf. An individual receives the gift of salvation by admitting their inability to please God, repenting of their sin, and entrusting themselves through faith to Christ's payment alone. The provision and maintenance of this relationship rests entirely with God and cannot be earned, affected, or maintained by people's efforts or actions. John 1:12; 3:16; 14:6; Acts 16:31; Rom. 4:5; 5:1,8; 6:23; 10:9-10; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Pet. 2:24


Eternity

We believe people will exist forever, either eternally separated from God or in eternal union with God in Heaven. At physical death each person's eternal destiny is sealed, and their spirit goes immediately to hell or heaven. Every individual will be bodily resurrected and judged by Christ, with their final destination based solely on whether the person was restored to God through faith in Christ's provision for their sin. Dan. 12:2; John 3:16-17; 5:21-29; Rev. 20:11-15; 21:1-4


The Church

We believe Jesus Christ established the church as His primary method for building His Kingdom until His return. The universal Church is the body of Christ, comprised of all true believers on earth, and is organized through local communities of believers who unite for the three-fold purpose of exaltation, edification, and evangelism. Through the church all Christians are to follow the ordinances of believers baptism and regular participation in the Lords Supper (Communion) until His return. All believers are to discover, develop, and use their spiritual gifts to help accomplish the church's mission. Matt. 16:18; 26:26-28; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4; 5:25-32; Col. 1:24