About :: Mission :: What We Believe
We’re on a mission. We’ve got a strategy. We’re driven by certain values and beliefs. And we’ve defined what success looks like – faithfulness. We seek to do a few things well. We’re all on a journey of transformation and we celebrate momentum over destination and seek to inspire through grace rather than shame.
We move into hopelessness, need and injustice with the redeeming power of Jesus as we do life together in groups, ministry in teams and serve our community in partnership with others.
We don’t sweat the small stuff. We strive to focus on our common mission and core biblical beliefs. We refuse to allow secondary issues to divide our church. As ambassadors for Christ on this broken planet, our effectiveness is measured by both personal transformation and community transformation.
We believe the church is not a weekly gathering, building or institution but a living organism of people banded together in our Jesus-mission of loving each other and loving the world. We want to make disciples who make disciples and love like Jesus while being “sent” to transform the world.
Disciples making disciples
Nourished by love
Activated by the Spirit
The mission of the Lakewood Church of Christ is to make and grow disciples of Christ and equip them for a life of service.
What We Believe
God is the creator of the universe and He made us for His pleasure to live in an eternal relationship with Him.
Jesus was God in human form. He lived a perfect life, allowed himself to be killed for our sin and was raised from the dead after three days. All people sin and our sin separates us from God. Through Jesus’ sacrifice we have the opportunity to get back into a right relationship with God. Jesus has made a full and eternal life available for us.
The Holy Spirit is part of God who comes to live inside us when we accept the gift of forgiveness that Jesus has made available. The Spirit gives us gifts to use to bless others and He strengthens, comforts and helps us grow so that we are changed to be more like Jesus each day.
The Bible is God’s communication to us about where we came from, why we’re here and where we’re going. It explains our purpose in life and shows us how to have a relationship with God.
Accepting God’s gift of forgiveness means we put our faith in Jesus, agree to submit to His leadership, and join with Him in baptism. The result is a meaningful life in relationship with Him now and eternal life with Him when we die.
Discipleship is the process of learning to be like Jesus and allowing His Spirit to transform our thoughts, attitudes and actions.
The Church is God’s family. God intends for us to not just believe but also to belong. The family of God is a place were we find mutual strength and encouragement to live for Christ. The Church is where we receive instruction in godly living, find hope in God’s promises, give our praise to God, find healing and grace, and use our Spirit-given gifts to bless one another and our community.
The Lord’s Supper (also referred to as communion) was established by Jesus as a way to remember the freedom he has bought for us with his own life. The bread represents His body and the juice represents His blood that was sacrificed on our behalf.
Our Mission is to make and grow disciples of Christ and equip them for a life of service.
If you have any question or doubts about any of these beliefs or you’d just like to know more, then please reach out to us and let us know. We’d be happy to share more about what these statements mean and why we believe them to be true. We are here to help each other explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus. If you have doubts, uncertainties, regrets, flaws or failures — you are welcome here — really. “Seek and you WILL find…”