Helping People Discover and Enjoy Full Life in Jesus Christ
- The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) places the responsibility for spreading the Gospel upon the church. It is God’s chosen vessel for communication.
- The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39) places the responsibility of caring for the needs of others upon each individual.
- A truly full and satisfying life is only achieved through a growing and fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ (John 10:10, Romans 5:1)
These are the priorities in all of our decision-making. These values will be applied to every stewardship decision we make including our prayer life, schedule, relationships, ministry events, preaching and budget.
- Lost People Matter to God
- The Family
- Personal Growth
- Risk Taking
Lost People Matter to God
The most important people on the face of this planet are people that don’t know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior because they are one breath away from an eternity in Hell.
- WLCC has a responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission by reaching out to our community through strategic personal evangelism, periodic outreach events and making our church very accessible to those outside our church.
- Every person has the right to a presentation of the Gospel at his or her level of understanding.
- It is imperative for the church to be relevant in all communication with this lost world.
- WLCC has a responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission by reaching out to our world through support of global missions and missionaries that are “called” to the uttermost parts of the world.
- WLCC will invest it’s energies in helping people to develop strong and healthy families.
- We will carefully evaluate and manage our calendar to make sure that family is not sacrificed for the sake of our program.
- We will focus our energies on ministry that serves the family as a group.
The Family is the most important ministry “department” in the church. It is God’s chosen environment for raising the children that He loves. It is where the most intense discipleship is accomplished. Most of our life lessons (both good and bad) are learned in the home.
In planting this church we were “called” to a community. Rather than isolate ourselves from the community we seek to understand and influence our community through meaningful participation. The Great Commission is clear in its methodology. According to Mark 16:15, are to go into all the world to preach the Gospel.
- We will expand our circle of influence by becoming involved in community events and organizations in leadership and servant capacities.
- We will strategically identify community organizations and focus our involvement in such a way as to maximize our potential for influence and relationship building
- We will seek to understand our community through continual research and personal involvement.
- We will view our role in the community as servants
- God exists in community (the Trinity) and we (the church) are called to be a community of believers. Acts 2:42-43 describes an intense devotion to community within the early church. Enjoying each other and sharing ourselves within the community of the church is an essential element of our spiritual existence.
- WLCC is a part of a much greater church (i.e. the Kingdom of God) and seeks to cooperate and partner with other churches in the community and around the world to advance the Gospel.
Discipleship is at the core of the Great Commission. 2 Thessalonians 1:3, 1 Peter 2:2, 2 Peter1:5-6, and 2 Peter 3:18, among others, all instruct us to grow in different dimensions of our spiritual life. In order for the church to fulfill its mission it must help facilitate spiritual growth by providing:
- Formal Discipleship programs. Every believer is a disciple and is in need of personal growth.
- Discovery of each Believer’s Spiritual Gifts according to Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4.
- Opportunity and accountability to serve the Body with those gifts.
- Risk taking in the kingdom is not recklessness. It is the simple response of obedience to the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
- Faith cause us to see beyond natural limitations of resources, abilities and natural vision (2Corinithians 5:7, Hebrews 11:1)
- We support people who are willing to put their faith on the line and step out onto the water.
This might be a strange value for a church but the Bible says that without Faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Every great event and every hero recorded in the scripture is associated with a large step of faith that involved personal risk and a belief that God is able to do “exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,” Ephesians 3:20 [NASB]. We believe in an omnipotent God that is able and willing to work through His people.
- We believe that God grows/rewards His people by stretching them through corporate and individual Faith Challenges (Hebrews 11:6)
One of the most powerful descriptions of the New Testament church is found in Acts 17:6. The church was making disciples and the effects were being felt in the community. In fact the charge brought against the believers in the secular court at Thessalonica was that “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. [NKJV]”
We believe that the church is still the most powerful spiritual force on this planet. As such we have the responsibility to change the world. We will do so through simple obedience to the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit.