We are thoroughly committed to the Bible, it’s where we meet Jesus the word of life, the only name by which we are saved. It’s God’s word, sufficient to guide and equip into our new way of life in Jesus.
2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God a may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
We are 100% dependant on God, enabled, empowered and equipped by His Spirit. And so we prayerfully depend on Him. In Christ we have a Father who loves us, hears us and answers our Prayers. We are doing His work, enabled by His Spirit, and we will depend on Him for it.
Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
3. Relentlessly Missional
We will do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Christ. We will be selfless and make sacrifices for Jesus Mission and His Church.
1Cor. 9:19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.… I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
4. A Life of Love
We will consider other better than ourselves, humbly and selflessly loving and serving them. We are outrageously generous, and diligent in all we do as we love and serve the world and especially one another in the unity of the Spirit, using the gifts God has given us for His Glory and the good of others.
Gal 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people,
especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
1Pet. 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,
as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
Belonging to Jesus means becoming Gods children and gaining an eternal inheritance!
With joy we receive it, work, suffer and live for it, and long for it!!
Matt. 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
Luke 6:22-23 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven.
Rom. 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Becoming Gods children means taking on our Fathers Characteristics. God makes us Holy, and calls us to live Holy lives as His people, as we put sin to death and take on the likeness of Jesus.
Ephesians 4:22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
What We Believe:
Here is an excerpt from our church constitution which spells out some of the fundamental beliefs of Lake Mac Church which flow from the Bible:
(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.