DEEP DIVE INTO LIVE CHURCH
As a church we commit to GO to people and not expect them to come to us.
As a church we commit to tell the stories of those whose lives have been transformed by the Gospel.
As a church we commit to rolling up our sleeves and serving each other.
As a church we commit to humbly seek God through prayer, worship, and fasting.
There is one eternally existing God who has three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise. God is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom, justice, and mercy. He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is the eternal judge of every soul.
Jesus is the glorified Son of God, and the 2nd member of the Trinity. Jesus was not created, but has eternally existed. Jesus came to earth as fully man and fully God, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for the sins of the world, was resurrected bodily, and now reigns forever in glory. Sinners who put their faith in Jesus receive salvation and forgiveness of their sins and are reconciled to God through Him.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is referred to as the Advocate or Helper. The Holy Spirit empowers the Church and Christians to live out a Christian life and accomplish the mission God has for their life to expand the Kingdom.
Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead and now, by grace, offers as a free gift eternal life to all who follow Christ, by faith, as their Lord and Savior. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone. Salvation cannot be achieved by works, a prayer, or any other action than faith, which requires one to confess Jesus as Lord and repent of their sin.
We believe that all those who place their faith in Christ are to be baptized into Christ. The baptism into Christ is a multi-faceted process by which a beliver is introduced into the Kingdom. Baptism includes: full immersion in water, being received into the Body of Christ, reception of the Holy Spirit, and a given eternal hope of Christ’s bodily return to restore all things.
The Church is meant to be the visible body of Christ, sent into the world to glorify God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church belongs to Jesus Christ and is referred to as the Bride of Christ.
We believe the Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God. It it’s entirety it is infallible, represents the Truth of God’s character, demonstrates His will, and should be applied not just understood.
Humans, both male and female, were created in God’s image for His glory. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and appointed as caretakers of the rest of God’s creations.
THE FALL AND SIN
When Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God. This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God, and fractured all of creation ever since that time. This is recognized as sin. Sin’s introduction into the world brought great calamity, disease, pain, and death.
We believe that those who have faith in Christ should turn from sin. The grace of God brings salvation, the Holy Spirit regenerates the heart enabling faith that brings justification from sin. The Holy Spirit leads us in sanctification, the ongoing spiritual growth that identifies us as genuine believers and is completed only at glorification.
We believe in heaven and hell, the literal second coming of Jesus, His rule upon the earth and the resurrection of believers to eternal life and sinners to eternal punishment, and the ultimate victory of the Kingdom of God. We do not know when His return will be, but we live everyday as if it’s imminent, because it is.
We believe spiritual gifts should be in the church with balance and guidance from the church’s spiritual leadership. They should only be used as dictated and allowed in Scripture.
We believe and teach that it is God who saves, and the work that He started will be finished. A believer has the responsbility of asking the Lord to examine His heart that true Biblical faith has taken root and is bearing fruit. All genuine faith will display fruit with preservance over a believer’s life. Fruit does not save, but it is proof that genuine saving faith exist in the life of a believer. A true believer is strengthened by God’s grace to remain connected to the vine.
God is the Holy, Righteous and Perfect Judge. He is fair and just by standards so much higher than our own. (Romans 2:5, 1 Peter 1:15-16)
Sin is much worse than we perceive, and God’s holiness is much more pure than we realize. (John 8:34)
All sin must go punished. Some will receive that punishment in eternal death in Hell or the Lake of Fire, while others who put their trust in Jesus transfer the punishment to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and enter eternal life with God. (Romans 2:5, Romans 1:18)
There is a Hell. Hell is not the wrath of Satan, it’s the wrath of God towards sinners. Satan’s eventual destiny is the Lake of Fire… he’s not subjected to his own wrath, but rather a Holy God’s. (Revelation 14:10-11)
Salvation is necessary and required for eternal life… you are being saved from the eternal effects of your own sin. (Acts 4:12, John 5:24)
Salvation is only achieved by faith or trust in God. It is not achieved by your own goodness or actions which according to the Bible are as worthless as filthy rags. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
You’re not good enough. That’s the point. Christ was good for you. (2 Corinthians 3:4-6)
All humans are woefully depraved. There is none that are righteous, not even one. We are not good. We are evil according to God’s standard. (Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 3:23)
Our system of justice and fairness is skewed by our fallen nature. What we call right is not right… and thus positions ourselves on the seat of God. (Romans 12:19, 2 Chronicles 19:7)
Attempting to achieve salvation by penance, ordinances, or any other action is offensive to a Savior that said, “It is finished.” It’s as if to say… no it wasn’t finished, and I must do something in addition to your sacrifice. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
The Bible is the authoritative Truth of God… His very Word. It is not a best practices recommendation, or a recommendation at all. Believers MUST hold it as the ultimate barometer of Truth. (2 Timothy 2:16-17, Revelation 22:18, Psalm 19:7)
Follow your heart is the WORST thing you could do. Our hearts are deceptively wicked. Follow and trust only in Jesus. (Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 28:26, Ecclesiastes 9:3, Matthew 15:19)
The law is GOOD. The law is God’s standard for holiness. We broke the law. We’ve broken all Ten Commandments. This is why we needed Jesus… to fulfill the standard of God on our behalf. All of it. (Romans 7:12, Romans 3:31, Romans 7:7, Romans 2:12, Psalm 19:7)
The way a Christian lives is important, but it’s not to be done in our own strength. We are to submit to God, resist the devil… and allow the transformative work of the Holy Spirit to renew our minds in Christ Jesus. This is done by reading the Word of God and prayer. (1 Peter 5:8-9, James 4:7-8, Romans 12:1)
God is not an experience. Chasing after a “feeling” generated by what we think or call the Holy Spirit, while refusing to walk in God’s ways is blasphemous. This is nothing more than seeking to get high off an intangible experience, rather than humbly prostrate yourself before a Holy and Righteous God. (John 4:24)
Love is not acceptance if that acceptance involves a mutual agreement to ignore sin. Love is mutually exclusive with Truth. Any “love” that covers up Truth is but a lie, and the worst kind of hate. How bad do you have to hate someone to let them live silently in a lie that will kill them? (Galatians 6:1, 1 John 3:18, Ephesians 4:14-16)
One day you WILL meet God face to face. This moment will either be the worst moment of your existence or the best. You’ll either get on your knees because you want to, or because you have too. If you aren’t taking God seriously, I would reconsider now. (Philippians 2:10-11, Acts 17:3, Hebrews 9:27, Matthew 12:36, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Ecclesiastes 12:14)
God is FOR those that love Him. But that being “for” doesn’t always mean things will turn out the way you want on this Earth. Sometimes that good is in great suffering for the Kingdom. God had good plans for the apostles and all, but one was brutally executed, and all were persecuted.
God does not exist for your pocketbook, nor to guarantee physical healing. God does choose to bless some financially and heal some physically. Both of these are not guaranteed in this life. (Acts 10:34-35)
Jesus is the ONLY way by which a man might be saved. He substituted Himself on the cross in our place willingly because of His immense Grace and love for us. His death on the cross the final act of redemption, and His resurrection a miracle of life. (John 14:6)
We believe in our schools and the staff that invest into our kiddos. We take care of our teachers, staff, and principals. We have also helped with renovation projects in the schools.
POLICE AND FIRE
We also strive hard to make our police officers and fire dept feel valued, supported, and loved with gifts, treats, and by honoring them every chance we get.
We really mean it… we want to be a small part of what is going on in the community. You will find Live Church people working at most community events in some capacity. We serve at the fireworks show, parades, basketball/football concessions, and many other events.
We add value to people’s lives. Whether it’s passing out thousands of bottles of water at community events, or other various prizes, we want to bring a smile to people’s lives and brighten their day.
The thing we do that matters the most is we engage in prayer for our community on a regular basis.
Church the way it was designed to naturally operate. Small gatherings of believers in home or informal locations worshipping, fellowshipping, and studying together.
LiveU (Live Univeristy) is a discipleship system of classes that seek to disciple believers and train them up in the faith and the Word of God. LiveU classes are free and available to anyone.
LiveTV is a multi-faceted media platform designed to bring the Gospel to everyone in digital formats while retaining our mission to build community.