Our great desire is this:
We want Jesus’ love and God’s Word to so fill us and overflow from us that everyone in our region has compelling reason to follow Jesus.
We seek to engage personally with everyone in our community to help them start following Jesus, connect with his people, grow in knowing Jesus and serve in love.
There are three things we believe that really shape our hopes and dreams as a church:
- We believe that God’s glory is the ultimate goal of our lives, our church and our world. Everything we do needs to be placed under this great goal!
- We believe that God’s word is the powerful means that God uses to accomplish his purposes. God’s Spirit takes his word and brings new birth, growth and perseverance. As a result, we want God’s word to be at the heart of everything we do as a church.
- We believe God is in control of all things. As a result, all our goals and desires ought to be brought to God in prayer with humility, striving for God’s will to be done, not ours. We will only reach our goals through God’s generosity and power.
Statement of Faith
Here is an excerpt from our church constitution which reflect from the Bible the core beliefs of The Lakes:
(a) About God
There is one unique and eternal God, who exists in an everlasting loving relationship of Father, Son and Spirit – one God in three persons.
God is sovereign in all things: including creation, revelation, redemption, judgement and the establishing of his kingdom.
As sovereign loving creator and redeemer, he is worthy of all glory, honour and praise.
(b) About humanity
Men and women together are created in the image of God, and therefore enjoy a unique dignity in creation and a unique relationship with God.
Men and women together have dominion over the created order.
Tragically, human nature is universally sinful since the Fall and all are guilty before God. This leaves us under the wrath and condemnation of God.
We are unable, without the prior regenerative work of God’s Spirit, to turn ourselves to God.
(c) About the Bible
There is no other way to know God except that he reveals himself to us. The Bible is God’s revelation to us. The words of the Bible are divinely inspired and infallible, as originally given, and have supreme authority in all matters of faith, conduct and experience.
The Bible is sufficient for knowing God. It is not only central to the wellbeing of the church but is able to thoroughly equip the Christian community for life and godliness.
(d) About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He is both fully God and truly human. He entered fully into human experience. He endured temptation and he suffered and died. He was perfectly obedient to God his father.
Jesus took on himself the consequences of human sin. He died and was buried. On the third day he rose from the dead bodily and is now exalted as ruler over all.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
(e) About salvation
There is only one name under heaven by which we can be brought into relationship with God: the name ‘Jesus Christ’.
It is only through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, that the guilt, penalty and power of sin can be removed. In that death, God demonstrates his love to us most perfectly and establishes his victory over Satan and all his foes.
The work of the Holy Spirit is necessary to make the death of Jesus effective in an individual’s life. The Spirit enables the sinner to repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ, so that salvation is entirely of God’s grace and not of human merit or works.
Although we enjoy now the blessing of union with Christ and secure relationship with God, we await the final consummation of our hope with the return of Christ, the resurrection of our bodies and life with him eternally.
(f) About the Spirit in the believer’s life
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son, and indwells all true believers.
His role is to bring glory to Jesus Christ, thus making Jesus Christ central in all things.
The Spirit works to illuminate believers’ minds to grasp the truth of the Bible, producing in them his fruit, granting them his gifts and empowering them for service.
He grants his gifts for the purpose of service, not self-indulgence. Their use is determined – not by personal desire for fulfilment, or satisfaction – but by the principle of building the church. Not every gift of the Spirit is given to the church at every moment of its life, only those necessary for building Christ’s body.
(g) About the church
The visible church is the gathering of believers around Christ in his word.
It is a community of people intended by God to bear witness to him and actively seek the extension of his rule.
Within its community both men and women are to seek proper expression of their gifts as they work to build the church in love.
The Bible makes clear that in church leadership, as in marriage, the roles of men and women are not interchangeable. We are committed to expressing the differences within relationships of mutual dependence.
At The Lakes we organise our church around five purpose areas. The five purpose areas are our summary of what are the core things we believe reflect what God wants his church to be about. We encourage everyone to reflect on what purpose area/s they think God has prepared them to be involved in to help fulfil our mission at The Lakes.
At The Lakes we use this graphic (see right) – which we call ‘the vortex’ – to capture visually how each area feeds into and supports the other.
ENGAGING: This purpose area seeks to engage with the people of our community in such a way that they may hear the Gospel of Jesus.
STARTING: This purpose area seeks to help people as they start the Christian life. The Starting purpose area offers opportunities for people to understand the basics of the gospel and encourages them to respond with repentance and faith.
CONNECTING: The connecting purpose area provides ways for people to connect and belong to the body of Christ at The Lakes and get on board with its mission.
GROWING: The Growing purpose area provides opportunities for growing in Jesus by the careful study of God’s word, prayer and fellowship in our Sunday gatherings, Growth Groups, and one-to-one Bible reading.
SERVING: The serving purpose area focuses on challenging, equipping and resourcing people to serve one another and the community with love.
Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.