God created the church with a unique vision and purpose. At Lakeside we strive to live out the vision of God and purposes God has given us. Below you will learn a little more about who we are, what we want to be, what we value, and how we plan to be a church full of committed followers of Jesus.
To glorify God by being and making disciples who make a difference.
Glorify God: This means that in everything we do we want to show God to be great. This is why God created the world in general (Psalm 19:1-6) and the church in particular (Ephesians 3:21).
Being disciples: God receives glory when we become fully-devoted followers of His Son. This is what a disciple is. A disciple is someone who follows Jesus with the goal of becoming like our Leader (Luke 6:40). This means we deny ourselves. We do not live life for our own glory or after our own desires (Luke 9:23). This also means that we follow the teachings of Jesus (Luke 6:46). We obey those teachings to show our love for God and our desire to know Him deeply (1 John 2:3).
Making disciples: Disciples are to bring others into a relationship with Jesus (Mark 16:15, 16). We want the whole world to be full of people who glorify God. We make disciples by teaching people the story of Jesus. When people learn this story of good news and believe this story they become disciples by being baptized and by observing the teachings of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20).
Making a difference: A disciple of Jesus lives to continue the ministry of Jesus. We are His hands and feet today. Everywhere Jesus went He made a difference in the lives of people (Acts 10:38). We hope to follow that example by doing good works that make a difference in the lives of others, helping them to see the love of God and experience the power of that love to change lives (Matthew 5:13-16; Titus 3:14; John 3:16; 1 John 4:19; John 15:9-14).
To bring honor to God by…
- Authentic worship (John 4:21-24)
- Faithful proclamation (1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 4:2; Ephesians 4:15)
- Compassionate service (Galatians 6:10; Matthew 12:15)
- Christ-centered lives (Colossians 1:15-19)
- Biblical preaching (Acts 2:42; 1 Timothy 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:13)
- Passionate prayer (Acts 2:42)
- Deep fellowship (Acts 2:42)
- Family-focused ministries (Genesis 2:24; Deuteronomy 6:7; Ephesians 6:2)
- Compassionate care (Acts 2:44, 45)
- Awe-filled worship (Revelation 4, 5)
- God-induced increase (1 Corinthians 4:6)
Faithfulness: In all we do our goal is to be faithful to God. We believe we must run the Christian race according to the “rules” of God (2 Timothy 2:5). We believe that God will honor our faithfulness (Revelation 2:10). We seek to be faithful by putting our trust in God in all that we do (Colossians 3:17), making His priorities our priorities and actively seeking to be involved in His work in this world. This is how God will be glorified and disciples will be made!
Intentionality: Discipleship requires us to be intentional about our faith. What we do not plan to do we normally will not do. This means we seek to be intentional about helping people grow in their relationship with God (2 Peter 3:18). No matter where people find themselves in their walk with God, as a church we will be intentional in helping them grow (Ephesians 4:12), and as Christians we will be intentional in our walk with Jesus. Our goal is to help all to learn God’s will, live His will, and share in deep communion with others.
Simplicity: Following Jesus has been hijacked by all sorts of rules and rituals that are foreign from Scripture. Our goal is to go back to a more simple way – the way of Jesus. In our fast-paced, chaotic world, it is good to know that our relationship with Jesus is a simple faith. Our vision to be and make disciples requires us to practice our simple faith in a bold way, showing and teaching others what it means to let Jesus be your Lord.
Dedication: Jesus said that we must take up our cross and follow Him. This requires dedication (Luke 9:62). We should expect our faith to cost us something. Therefore, the dedication of each of the members of the Lakeside church of Christ is essential to us reaching the vision God has for us.