The first thing that people often want to know when looking into a church is what we believe. The standard answer is that we believe the historical creeds of Christendom, that we are an independent, elder led Full Gospel evangelical Bible-believing church. That is all true, but it only begins to paint the picture of our faith. The best way to get a picture of what we believe is to briefly discuss some of the things we believe:
We Believe in Jesus Christ
When we say that we believe in Jesus, we do not simply mean that we believe the in truth that he was the incarnate son of God who suffered and died for our sin, rose again, ascended into heaven and will one day return. Biblical faith is far more than intellectual ascent to doctrines, it is a radical commitment to Jesus. Jesus is a living and present savior who paid the penalty for our sin on the cross, so that we can be reconciled to God. The benefits of salvation can be experienced today through healed and transformed lives and relationships.
We Believe in God the Father
God is the sovereign creator of all, but He is also our Father who loves us and sent Jesus to die for our sins. It is His desire that we have abundant life through faith in Jesus. God is the ruler of all, but He rules as a loving heavenly Father; the law of His house is the law of love. The natural expression of this tenant of our faith is that we seek to love one another as Jesus loved us.
We Believe in the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, but He is also the presence of God with us today. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is what causes Christianity to be a living, personal relationship with God rather than a dead form of religion.
We Believe in the Power of Prayer
One of the most profound experiences a person can have is to experience God answering their prayer. Real prayer is life giving, not only because God answers prayer, but also because we meet with Him and experience His love and presence. True prayer not only changes the world, it changes our lives.
We Believe in the Kingdom of God
Until Jesus returns, the kingdom of man and the kingdom of God operate simultaneously in this world. Jesus described the rulers of this world as those who seek to lord it over others, but in Christ’s kingdom, those who are the greatest are those who, like Jesus, take up the role of servants. One of the goals of Life Springs Church is to develop servant leadership skills in believers so they can be a blessing to society.
We Believe in the Cross of Jesus
We believe that the cross of Jesus is the solution to healing individuals, families and nations. Through the cross, the greatest human division, that between Jew and Gentile was bridged, and through the cross, relationships at every level of society can be healed. The cross is God’s solution to all of the problems in the world. If you have trouble seeing that, contact us and we would love to show you.
We Believe in Organic Church
Life Springs Church is committed to building strong families and authentic relationships because we believe that is the best way for people to grow in their faith. Churches often have many meetings and ministries, yet people often feel disconnected and dissatisfied. The reason is that such activity does not necessarily result in building quality relationships. Our model is for people to gather spontaneously and intentionally in homes and in the market place, often over a meal. We encourage our members to reach out to one another and build quality friendships while being intentional about encouraging each other as we passionately follow Jesus.
We Celebrate Life
True Christianity is life giving; its natural fruit is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. When we experience God’s grace and His presence, it is transformational in a way that we begin to reflect God’s glory. Practically, this is exhibited in the fruits of the Spirit which include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, humility and self-control.