‘DNA: what makes us who we are’
From October through November we are in a series called DNA: what makes us who we are.
DNA is the unique characteristics and qualities that make up every person. In the same way, The Lakes Church has DNA; the unique passions and perspectives that God has shaped within us as a community. Join us for this DNA series or listen in later to find out what makes us who we are as The Lakes Church.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. (Matthew 22:37-38)
God alone is worthy of our worship, adoration, devotion and service. He is the source of all life and our sustainer in everything. We are a community led by God, aware of our complete dependence on Him to work in us and through us. We desire to have a growing and deepening intimacy with God, seeking Him first in every situation.
God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
In God’s family we find our ultimate place of belonging and acceptance. Grace is the lifeblood of our community, restoring our relationship with God and with each other. We leave room for people to journey at God’s pace, recognising that He interacts with each of us uniquely. We seek to be a safe place to find God for the first time, to reconnect with Him or to experience his healing from the hurts of life.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:3-6)
Jesus Christ is the centre of our faith and the basis of our unity. Our Churches of Christ foundations lead us to pursue unity based in Christ alone, and to build His Kingdom together. We look for ways to connect and celebrate our oneness in Christ, while working to overcome barriers to unity within our church and with other churches.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Becoming like Jesus is an ongoing process of discipleship throughout life. From kids through to seniors we believe that God has a special purpose for each of us, and for all of us together. We are like a large extended family, celebrating every age and stage and benefiting from experiencing one another’s faith.
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)
The Holy Spirit leads and empowers us to become all that God has created us to be. Alongside our ministry together, we each desire to see the love of God released in our homes, schools, work places, sporting clubs and neighbourhoods. The impact of God at work is told in countless stories as we each walk in the freedom of seeking and following the Spirit every day.
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
We desire to have an expanding heart for our region and our world; going wherever the Spirit leads and partnering with others along the way. The love of God leads us to act in bringing hope to the hopeless, food to the hungry, justice for the oppressed and care for the hurting in Jesus’ name. We see God shaping our church like a network of lakes and rivers, spreading throughout our region and seeing the Kingdom of God come on earth as it is in heaven.
These six elements of our DNA are also known as our values, and can be found with more information about our church here.