Beyond Religion

August 17, 2009

To reach people that no one else is reaching, we have to do things that no one else is doing. Craig Groschel recently made that statement and I believe that he’s right on. LifeChurch is really leading the way in reaching people all over the world through the new internet campus, “youversion” Bible for your phone, and network campuses (Including LifeChurch of Mt. Juliet). God is moving through LifeChurch and I’m just blessed to be a small part of what God is doing through LifeChurch.

As we put effort locally into reaching people that no one else is reaching, we have established some core values. We are committed to living LIFE beyond religion. People can be religious about a lot of things. LIFE is about relationships, not religion. We want to go beyond where we have been in the past.

Below are some statements that describe how we want to measure ourselves:


Beyond doing church as a check on our list….
to giving it all we’ve got because that’s what God deserves.

We value excellence because we believe that whatever a Christ follower puts his hand to do should be completed with excellence.
Colossians 3:17


Beyond superficial Sunday masks….
to REALLY doing life together

We value relationships. We believe that two are better than one and a community is even better! John explains that people should know that we are Christ-Followers because of the love we have for each other. We place a large value on community in small groups and encourage every attender to join a group. Small groups are the first line of care within our body.
Acts 2:41-47


Beyond the masks of religion and society….
to being honest with each other.

The world hates posers. We believe in being real. As we take off our masks, we say “be who you are.” Everyone falls short of God’s standards and we there is enough pretending in the world. We need to be real with each other as believers in Christ. That’s how we help each other in our journey to being more like Jesus.
James 5:16
Luke 18:9-14

Kingdom Growth

Beyond Growing only our church…..
to caring about Growing the Kingdom.

Jesus gave us our mission. We are called make disciples. We will do about anything short of sin to win someone to the Lord.

We are in this for the Kingdom. We see other Bible believing churches as teammates and not as the competition. We will also invest in starting new churches.
Matthew 28:18-20

Personal Growth

Beyond Fire Insurance….
to allowing Christ to impact every aspect of our lives.

We believe that salvation is more than just saying a prayer. The prayer is the birth of a believer and the beginning of a journey walking with Jesus. It’s not the end. It’s a new beginning. We know that people aren’t perfect, but messy, yet we are walking with each other towards God.
II Corinthians 5:17


Beyond Selfishness…
to caring about those in need.

We believe that God saved us for more than just to transform our lives from smoking, cursing, and not going to R movies. We believe that God wants us to impact our world, beginning in Mt. Juliet and going to the rest of the planet.
Philippians 2:3


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