Mission :: Vision :: Core Beliefs :: The Essentials
Our mission is taken directly from Jesus himself:
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)
The mission of the Lakewood Church of Christ is to make and grow disciples of Christ and equip them for a life of service.
At the beginning of 2017 our Elders and Staff leadership unveiled an ambitious vision of reaching every household in Lakewood within 10 years. God has put it on our hearts to reach single parents, struggling marriages, mothers of preschoolers, divorced individuals and fractured families as well as a place for healthy families to thrive. We plan on doing this our 4 PATHWAYS of HOPE:
Hurts, Habits & Hang-Ups
Overcoming Financial Burdens
As we saturate our city with this message during the next 10 years, everything we do will be rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ as we seek to make and grow disciples of Christ and equip them for a life of service.
We believe this a God-sized vision that will require heroic sacrifices of time, energy and money but can only ultimately be accomplished through the blessing of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe God wants to unleash the Lakewood Church to wreak blessings on our community in radical ways to bring Good News into every relationship. See the entire announcement here.
You matter to God
- You are alive because God wanted to create you.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed. – Psalm 139:16 NLT
- God’s motive for creating you was His love.
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. – Ephesians 1:4 NLT
You were planned for God’s pleasure (Worship)
- It’s not about you. You were made by God and for God — and until we understand that, life will never make sense. Life is about letting God use you for His purposes, not you using Him for your purposes.
Everything was created through him and for him. – Colossians 1:16 NLT
You were formed for God’s Family (Fellowship)
- Love cannot be learned in isolation. You have to be with Relationships are what matter most in life. You were called not only to believe, but also to belong.
We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. – Romans 12:5 NLT
You were created to become like Christ (Discipleship)
- Spiritual growth is not automatic. It takes an intentional It is a collaborative effort between you and the Holy Spirit.
And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. – 2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT
You were shaped to serve God (Ministry)
- What matters most is not the duration of your life but the donation of it. We serve God by serving others.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. – 1 Peter 4:10 NLT
You were made for a mission (Evangelism)
- Nothing else you do will matter as much as helping people establish an eternal relationship with God. We have been shown our purpose in life and have been given the antidote to death. Our God wants us to share this message with others.
So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. – Colossians 1:28 NLT
“In essentials – unity. In non-essentials – liberty.
In all things – love.”
- God – He is the creator of the universe and has eternally existed in three “personalities”: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Jesus – He was God in the flesh and lived a sinless human life and rescued us from hopelessness and hell by taking on Himself the punishment we deserved for our wrongs. He transferred His goodness to us.
- Holy Spirit – He comes to live inside us when we accept God’s gift of life through faith and baptism. He provides us with supernatural power to change our lives and character and to become more like Christ.
- The Bible – It is God’s message to us– written by human authors who were guided by the Holy Spirit. It is authoritative and is the compass for our lives. It explains God’s love obsession with us and informs us of where we came from, why we are here and where we are going. It tells us how to have a relationship with God. The Bible should be understood in its proper context in order to know how to apply it in our lives.
- Sin – Sin is the attitude and actions of selfishness. It separates us from God, from others and from our own true identity. It only takes one sin to separate us from a Holy God — and that’s why we need Jesus to save us.
- Satan – Satan is real. He is a spiritual being who seeks to hurt God by hurting us.
- Salvation – God has rescued us through the sacrifice of Jesus. It is a free gift and cannot be earned or achieved by our own moral living or good deeds. We simply accept God’s gift in a baptism of faith.
- Eternity – We will always exist. After death we will either exist eternally with God — that’s heaven, or we will exist eternally without God — that’s hell.