The purpose and values of LBC
As a church, we exist to increasingly manifest the love of God the Father in the integrity of our worship, witness, and works by the power of the Holy Spirit in order to prove to the world that we are authentic servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.
A CORE VALUE is what we deem important as ministry is carried out. Our CORE VALUES are unique to us as they characterize our approach and attitude when ministry is done. The following represents the core values of Lighthouse Baptist Church. They define and "drive our desire as a people of God, under the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, to have a Passion for God and Compassion for People."
The core values of Lighthouse Baptist Church are expressed by the following guiding principles that give direction to the development and growth of our ministry.
Lighthouse Baptist Church exists for God. In every person and ministry, God is first, and our ultimate goal is to please and glorify God. We desire for people to experience and encounter God in our church by means of our corporate worship services, and through the godly personal lives of our members. If God is not glorified through our church, we have failed, no matter how much outward success we may enjoy. We desire for others to see Jesus in us, while at church and in our daily lives. Our church will not be people or program driven, but driven by an all-consuming passion to exalt our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Lighthouse Baptist Church lives by the Bible. Every ministry and program of our church must be rooted in God's Word. The Bible is inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed, and therefore, must be the final authority for everything our church believes and does. We believe that the preaching and teaching of God's Word is the catalyst for change in people's lives, and therefore, holds the highest priority. Also, our members should be striving to live out God's Word, daily. Learning and living the Bible is natural and normal to Lighthouse Baptist Church. Believing the Bible is the revelation of God’s will and absolute, life-changing truth – our passion is to communicate it with integrity, doctrinal purity and authority in every sphere of ministry.
We are not a church that simply exists for ourselves. We exist for others. We look beyond the walls of our church to serve and minister to non-Christians, demonstrating to them the love of Christ. We do not believe it is the lost's responsibility to seek the church, but our responsibility to seek the lost.
We believe the great commission compels the church to lead people to a saving knowledge of Christ and then disciple them to Christian maturity. We believe that lost people matter to God, and ought to matter to the church. "One Soul is More Important than the Whole World" In Luke 15:3-7, the shepherd who lost one sheep leaves the rest of his flock of ninety-nine to go and find the one lost sheep. This is impractical and ludicrous by the world's standard, but God loves each individual as tenaciously and wastefully as this shepherd. At Lighthouse, we experience the same personal love from God and strive to consider each other as valuable as God does.
Beginning with one person, and going to the whole world, the Lighthouse family seeks to obey God's commission to share His Good News to "the ends of the earth." As we expand God's tent, we are committed to strengthening each stake, holding nothing back, as we send out and support our long-term and short-term missionaries all over the world.
The heavenly kingdom of Jesus Christ is far greater than any local church. It includes loyal followers of Jesus all over the world. Our passion is not to see how big our local church can become, but rather, how much we can grow God's kingdom in this world. Therefore, we willingly give away to other churches many of the blessings God has given to us. This is done by providing prayer and financial support to other co-laborers in the world, starting new churches, encouraging hurting churches, sharing what we have learned, learning from others, sending missionaries, and much more.
The first local church was birthed in a prayer meeting (Acts 1:14) and they experienced the energizing power of the Holy Spirit. In the church where God's people have a lively prayer life together, regenerating power is present, life is there, and the lost are converted. Where prayer is not the central focus, there may be an outward shell of growth and productivity, but within it is empty, dry, and dead. Believing that Jesus Christ is our advocate with the Father and that God answers prayer – our passion is to be a praying church, faithfully upholding each other, family and friends, our pastors and leaders, our missionaries, and those whom God has established in authority, and to pray consistently for the lost in our community, local area, and the world.
We value transformation, not just information, as the basis of a successful ministry. (2 Corinthians 3) We believe that a high commitment to Christ and the work of His church should permeate and prioritize all of our personal relationships, activities and interests. Believing that Jesus Christ desires committed followers and not just adherents – our passion is to encourage and aid each other in making progressively greater commitments to Christ through a Christ-first environment.
Christians are disciples - believers who are learning and changing as Christ lives His life through them. We believe that every Christian should be growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ. Our church assists Christians in this process by offering Bible preaching and teaching, Bible studies, discipleship training, a counseling ministry, mentoring, retreats, conferences, seminars, and a Christian school. We are constantly exploring new methods to better disciple those who attend our church.
We believe that Christ’s followers should exhibit godly integrity and strive for continuous growth. Believing that in the Body of Christ we are called to mutual care and accountability – our passion is to operate biblically, to communicate openly, and to edify one another.
We believe that our love for God should result in loving relationships that will be evident in every aspect of church life. Believing that everyone yearns to belong and that belonging is vital to unity and effective ministry – our passion is to embrace and practically encourage each person the preserving the unity of the Body in the bond of the Spirit.