MISSION & VALUE STATEMENTS
Lifepassion Church is a Bible based, Gospel-centred, Spirit-Filled church community, committed to proclaiming and living the Truth of God’s Word.
We are a Bible-believing, Bible-based and Bible-teaching Church. We value the Bible as the inspired Word of God and its foundational authority for faith and practice. We emphasise expository preaching and sound practical teaching/doctrine for life transformation and meeting needs. We are a people who grow in grace and knowledge of the Son of God and are becoming mature and complete, able to distinguish good from evil and equipped to serve God, each other, and the community according to the gifts and calling of God.
The word gospel simply means “good news.” The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news that sinful people can be made right with God by repenting of their sin and calling upon Jesus as Saviour and Lord (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:9–10). So, to be gospel-centred is to be focused on the life-changing good news of God in Christ. Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. A gospel-centred life is a Christ-centred life. When we come to Christ by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8–9), we do more than secure our eternal destination. Salvation is a divine paradox: a gift that costs us everything we are (Luke 14:33). Becoming a child of God changes us from the inside out (1Corinthians 5:17). When the Holy Spirit moves into a repentant heart, He begins to change our desires, our outlook, our motivations, and our opinions (1 Corinthians 6:19–20). Many people have religion-centred lives, benevolence-centred lives, or activity-centred lives. They may even have spiritual lives, but if they have not bowed the knee to the lordship of Jesus, that spirituality will lead them to destruction (1 John 4:1). Only a gospel-centred life can please God (Romans 8:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:4) because it is only through Jesus Christ and His gospel that we can enter His presence (John 14:6).
In John 14:16 Jesus promised the Spirit would indwell believers and that the indwelling would be permanent. The permanent indwelling of the Spirit is for all born-again believers. This contrasts with the filling of the Spirit referred to in Ephesians 5:18. We should be totally surrendered to the Holy Spirit that He can possess us fully and, in that sense, fill us. To be filled with the Spirit implies freedom for Him to occupy every part of our lives, guiding and leading us. Then His power can be exerted through us so that what we do is fruitful to God. The filling of the Spirit does not apply to outward acts alone; it also applies to the innermost thoughts and motives of our actions. God said He “will pour out His Spirit on all people” and the Spirit works perfectly and sovereignly with the Father and Son as the agent of salvation. A Spirit-filled
church will manifest the fruit of the Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit, as mentioned in God’s Word.
The Bible’s original word for “church” is ekklesia, Greek for “called-out assembly” or “gathering.” This word took on the meaning of “all Christians” in some contexts and of “local gatherings of believers” in other places. When a person trusts in Jesus for salvation, he or she becomes part of the universal body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). Smaller groups of believers come together in local churches to worship God, to grow in their understanding of God’s Word, and to live out their lives in Christ in community. Church community demonstrates both genuine fellowship within our church family and an open door to those around us. As members of one body, we seek to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3: “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”) Our church community is a place of forgiveness for the guilty. As a light in our community, we endeavour to build a climate of love, grace, peace, and faith where people can connect with God, commit to growth, and contribute to the work of Christ and His church. In addition, we bear witness to the power of the Holy Spirit to bring people to salvation in Jesus Christ and disciple them in their relationship with Christ. We believe that a church is not based on programs and big crowds. It is based on a fellowship of Christians who love God and each other as part of God’s family.
Proclaiming God's Truth
The Lord’s Great Commission to the church and to all His disciples down through the ages is an all-embracing mandate. Jesus commands all Christians to go into the world and to proclaim the Gospel with the goal of conversion of the listeners to saving faith in Jesus Christ. It was, and is, a truly all-encompassing commission (“all nations”) with an all-encompassing message (“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” Matthew 28:19–20) and to “every tribe, kindred, and tongue” (Revelation 7:9). In short, we believe the gospel is true for everyone, everywhere, and always, not just for some people, somewhere, and sometimes. Therefore, we hold that Christianity is exclusively true and that the gospel involves a supernatural act in the physical resurrection of Christ. Today, we stand amid a profound moral and spiritual crisis. However, Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 4:2-5: “2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”
Living God's Truth
While people are looking inside themselves for guidance, believers can stand firm in the truth that God’s Word never changes. The associations of the words true and truth with God have significant implications for mankind. Divine revelation to mankind is the source of knowledge concerning ultimate truth and, therefore, ultimate reality. God’s Word, the Bible, is God’s most significant means of revealing truth to mankind. Thus Jesus, who is “the truth” (John 14:6), told His believers they would “know the truth” if they continued in His Word (John 8:31–32). It is the Bible that presents the significant implications for mankind of the associations of true and truth with God. To live in the truth means to obey God’s revealed truth by bringing one’s life and practice into conformity with it. A person who truly maintains fellowship with God honestly speaks what is in his heart. He doesn’t mislead people with speech that gives the opposite impression of what he harbors in his heart (Psalm 15:2).
Reaching the World
We believe that evangelism is the role of every born-again believer. Thus, we are a church growing locally, spreading the love of Jesus to every part of our community, and seeking God for new opportunities to build His Kingdom. This includes providing a safe place in the heart of our community to be a light of hope for all those around us. This also means organising evangelistic events beyond the walls of our meeting place and reaching into the local community. A gospel-centred life is an outward-looking life that is ever ready to share the “gospel of peace” with others (Ephesians 6:15). The Christian reveres Christ as Lord and is “prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). A gospel-centred ministry is a ministry of reconciliation whose goal is to share the news “that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:19). Also, we believe the process of becoming a disciple of Jesus involves baptism, prayer, ongoing learning about the Christian life, regular worship, and participation in activities that utilize one’s spiritual gifts for ministry. As such, we will prepare, equip, and release God’s people for the work of the ministry and support them with prayer, personal involvement, and resources.