Our Vision, Values and Beliefs

Our Vision, Values and Beliefs

Living Water Vision

 

God has called Living Water Fellowship
 (John 15:16)
to be a vibrant Christian community
 (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)
that glorifies God
(Acts 26:17-18, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians 1:5-6, 2 Thessalonians 1:10-12, Matthew 5:16)
by inviting all people to become disciples of Jesus
 (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:6-8, John 17:3)
who grow in his grace and
(2 Peter 3:18, 2 Corinthians 4:16)
go in his power
  (Acts 4:37, John 14:12-13, Ephesians 1:19-20)
to show his love to the world
  (John13:34-35, 1 John 3:16-18, 1 John 4:10-12, Luke 5:31-32, Luke 19:10)

Our Core Values

God has called Living Water Fellowship to be a vibrant Christian community that glorifies God by inviting all people to become disciples of Jesus  who grow in his grace and go in his power to show his love to the world.
As member-disciples of Living Water Fellowship we strive, with God’s help, to live out the life to which He has called us, a life revealing His glory. We at all times support, respect and trust our pastors and leaders, while also showing respect and support to all members of this Fellowship.
As disciples we are called to follow Jesus with our lives. Discipleship is an intentional pursuit as we seek to walk Jesus’ way.  Our spiritual core values at Living Water reflect that desire to embody lives of growing PRAISE which bring honour and glory to His name.  We pray the Holy Spirit will empower us to:

 

PRAY and read God’s Word devotedly

 We take everything to God in prayer, not hoping that our prayer will change God, but hoping that our prayer will change us.
Luther said that we are to “so love God that we keep his word holy and gladly hear and learn it”. Growing in grace begins with a willingness to be lifelong students at the foot of Jesus, and purposefully grow into maturity in Christ through his Word.
Matthew 6: 5-15; Philippians 4: 4-7; Ephesians 6: 18-20; Psalm 119 : 105, John 8: 31-32, Isaiah 55:11’ Colossians 3:16, 2 Timothy 3: 16-17, Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 4: 15-16, Colossians 1: 9-10, 1 Peter 2:2, 2 Peter3 :18

 

REGULARLY participate in ministry opportunities

Jesus provided the pattern for Christian ministry—He came, not to receive service, but to give it.
From the early New Testament churches to the churches of our day, each Christian should be in the ministry of helping others.  Ministry is impartial and unconditional, always seeking to help others as Jesus would.
Ministry places emphasis on sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ; but ministry also includes ministering to the physical, emotional, mental, vocational, and financial needs of others. Jesus did, and so should we!

Matthew 20:28Mark 10:45John 13:1-17Romans 12:3-810-132 Timothy 2:24-26 John 1:12;  Colossians 2:6-7;  Galatians 2:20;  Philippians 3:8-10

 

 

ATTEND worship intentionally

We gather weekly in worship to be transformes by the grace of God as we are equipped by God’s word and nourished at his table. We gather to receive in his presence and to celebrate his living among us
Luke 24: 3-32, Psalm 95: 6-7, 1 Chronicles 16: 28-29, Ephesians 2: 8-9, Ephesians 5: 18b-20

 

IMITATE the character of Christ

Jesus provides us with the perfect role model for living and loving. We seek to walk Jesus’ way and become more and more like him each day – we are to be a visible sign of God’s love.
Philippians 2:1-30; Ephesians 5:1; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 Corinthians 11:1; 1 Corinthians 4:16; Matthew 5:16

 

 

SERVE in, through and beyond Living Water Fellowship

“Each one should use whatever spiritual gift you have to serve others”. 1 Peter 4:10.
We are strongest when all partners in this faith community discover and use their spiritual gifts  to serve God’s mission and his people, and share his hope both locally and globally.
Acts 1: 8, Ephesians 5: 1-3Matthew 20:25-28, Romans 12: 4-8, 1 Corinthians 12: 7, 1 Peter 4: 10-11, Ephesians 4: 11-16; Matthew 28: 18-20, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 5: 1-2

 

EMBODY excellence and generosity of spirit in all things

God gave us his very best in Jesus. He deserves no less. In everything we do in ministry, we give God our very best in response to his great love for us.
We are of all people most blessed. Jesus came that we may have life and have it abundantly. Giving joyfully, thankfully, freely and generously is one of the most blessed things we do.
John 3:16; John 3:15; Colossians 3:17, 23-24; Philippians 4:8-9; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Proverbs 5:5-9; Psalm 11:25; Luke 21:1-4; Acts 20:35

 

OTHER KEY VALUES

Other key values which are vital to the way we operate and interact with each other include:
Integrity
Leadership that equips for mission
Generosity and hospitality
Peacemaking
Participatory decision making and
Spiritual fathers and mothers, sons and daughters

We believe…

 

…There is one God who made & passionately cares for everything that exists, including you.

…God has shown himself to humanity as Father, Son & Holy Spirit…three persons, one God. 

Early believers called that “the Trinity” & collected their confession of faith in the Apostle’s, Nicene, & Athanasian Creeds. We believe those are true and accurate articulations of the Christian Faith.

…God’s deepest desire is to live in intimate personal relationship with all that he has made, including you. 

Humans are made in God’s image to reflect his character, carry his presence, & fulfill his purposes here on earth.  Because of how God made us, every human bears unique worth, value & dignity. What the Bible calls “sin” is our willful refusal to carry out God’s intention and our determination to live apart from our relationship with God. All people and all relationships are corrupted by human sinfulness.

…God’s very essence is love. Out of His desire to live in a relationship with us, God became human in Jesus Christ, God’s Son.

God sent Jesus to make things right between God and us.  Jesus Christ died for our sin, and rose from the dead that we might be reconciled to God.  Jesus also broke the power of death by rising from the dead. He alone is our hope and the only real and lasting hope for the world. The only means by which we can be brought into relationship with God is through trusting in Jesus for forgiveness and life.

…The Holy Spirit is the presence of Jesus Christ among us now. The Spirit always points us to the person and work of Jesus and lives in us and equips us for service as his people. 

The Spirit gives gifts to all who believe. We believe in all the gifts of the Spirit and encourage people to grow in using those gifts for widening the expanse of God’s rule on earth as it is in heaven.

…Reconciliation with God is a free gift. The death of Christ on the cross is the only sufficient payment for sin. …His resurrection from the dead secures eternal life for all who trust in him. 

Through faith alone in Jesus Christ, we receive forgiveness and eternal life as a free gift.  All who put their trust in Christ as Saviour can be assured of eternal life.  Being made right with God through faith, we enter a lifelong process of change and growth into the living likeness of Jesus. The Holy Spirit reproduces Christ’s character in us.

…The Bible is God’s Word to us. 

Through the Bible, God reveals himself to us. The entire Bible is God-breathed and God-inspired. So we accept the Bible as the authority that determines what we are to believe and how we should live. The good news about Jesus is the key to understanding the whole Bible.

…The church is Christ’s body here on earth.

The local congregation and the world-wide fellowship of believers are His Body, called to worship Him, serve Him and be agents of sharing the Good News of Jesus in its fullness with the world. When the church lives true to its calling, we reveal glimpses of God’s rule over all things for all to experience.

…Baptism and Communion are Christ’s gifts to his church for creating and growing our faith.

Through Baptism, God, by water and His Word, claims us as his own children and freely grants forgiveness of sin and life, now and forever. We affirm and practice baptism for people of all ages.
Jesus says about the bread and wine of communion, “this is my body…this is my blood.” We take Jesus at his word that he is truly present in the bread and wine and through them brings to us forgiveness of sin and life, now and forever.

…Jesus will return to bring life as we know it to a close and fully consummate his reign over all things in absolute justice.

Though we don’t know the day or hour, we joyfully proclaim His imminent return to inspire all people to live fully in relationship with God and others now.

 

 

Living Water identifies with the renewal movement begun in the Lutheran Reformation.
We affirm the centrality of grace through faith alone, Christ alone, and Scripture alone.
We affirm and identify with the confessions of the Lutheran Church.
However, our overriding desire is to see the Rule of Christ advance by any faithful means through any faithful people,and we want to serve that purpose alongside other brother and sister followers of Jesus.
We invite you to come along with us as we go along with Jesus.