In becoming a member of LifeChurch you are indicating a desire to allow faith in Jesus to effect the whole of your life. We would ask you to commit to:
- Praying for friends outside the church
- Joining a small group or micro group
- Gathering together on a Sunday for community, worship and teaching
- Being generous with what you have
- Being servant hearted in using your gifts in the church
- Taking opportunities to live out your faith during the week
- Reading your bible and praying
Praying for friends outside the church:
God loves all people and longs for them to come into his kingdom. He has chosen to do this primarily through his people - the church. We believe that God has brought LifeChurch together to make a difference to the people we know and encounter everyday. In other words God has put you here for a reason, and we start to partner with him in his work as we pray for the people around us.
One of the practical expressions of this is the prayer cards. We encourage you to regularly pray for a friend, a colleague or neighbour, and someone you are yet to meet.
(John 3:16-17, Acts 17:26-27, 1 Peter 2:9-12, 3:15, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Matthew 28:18-20)
Joining a small group or micro group:
We grow like Jesus primarily through relationship. Small groups and micro groups are places where we are able to put what we have learnt about faith in Jesus into practice. They are safe places where we can be open about where we need to grow, where we can encourage one another and pray. LifeChurch is all about authentically following Jesus. True life changing growth can only happen in the intimacy of a small group - as we share life together.
(Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 John 1:5-9, Ephesians 4:15-16)
Gathering together for community, worship and teaching:
When we gather together God promises to be with us - as we worship, as we share what he has been doing amongst us, and as we listen to his word. God speaks when his church comes together, he is present by his spirit. The relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit is reflected in our community.
In practice, we gather as a church community each Sunday night. Being a member of Life Church means making it a priority to regularly attend the Sunday service.
(Ephesians 5:19-20, Colossians 3:16-17, Acts 2:42-47)
Being generous with what you have:
God has blessed us abundantly with gifts, money and resources, and he calls us to use these things wisely and generously. Being generous leads to thankfulness, is an act of worship, and helps us to be more like our father.
One of the practical expressions that we would encourage all members to participate in, is to give financially to LifeChurch. The important thing in giving is the attitude not the amount, so we would encourage all members to give some amount through regular bank transfer. How much someone is able to give varies greatly from person to person, but we would encourage all members to be prayerful about supporting the church. The principle of tithing is one that the bible mentions, and this is often a helpful starting point.
(1 Timothy 6:17-19, 2 Peter 1:3, Matthew 6:19-34, Malachi 3:10)
Being servant hearted and using your gifts:
Jesus came as a servant and set an example for his followers. In serving one another we honour Jesus and grow more like Him. Our service builds others up as each of us use our unique gifts. God gives gifts to his people for the purpose of building up his church - using our God given gifts to love others is what we were created to do.
In practice we encourage every member to serve the church in some practical way - either by seeing a need that they are able to fill, or by discerning a gift that they are able to offer the church.
(Matthew 20:25-28, John 13:12-17, 1 Peter 4:8-11, 1 Timothy 4:12-14, 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 Ephesians 4:3-8)
Taking opportunities to live out your faith:
Jesus brings transformation to the whole of life - our work, families, recreation - everything. Our vision for life church is that we would be people of faith in all aspects of our lives - that we would be more like Jesus in everything we do. Everything we do is is an opportunity to grow as disciples. We encourage you to open all aspects of your life to God through prayer, and through stepping out and taking the risk of living like him in all things.
(Matthew 5:14-16, Ephesians 6:7–8, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Ephesians 4:1, John 20:21)
Reading your bible and praying:
Growing like Jesus is something the Holy Spirit does in our lives - we cannot transform ourselves. But that doesn’t mean we are passive in the process - we can trust God, we can seek him. We can establish practices of listening to God and letting him go to work in our hearts and minds.
In practice we recognise that different approaches to prayer and bible reading work for different people, but ideally we would encourage members to be praying and reading their bibles every day.
(Matthew 6:5-13, 7:7-8, Psalm 1:1-3, 119:105, James 5:15-16, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, Philippians 4:6-7)
Life Church is a unique community. Our Beliefs, Mission, Vision and Values documents capture the heart and soul of LifeChurch. Please read through them as you consider becoming a member of LifeChurch.