of Lakeside Christian Fellowship
The values discussed here are the foundational priorities upon which Lakeside
Christian Fellowship is built. These values function like the internal
structure of a building, while not necessarily visible from the outside;
they determine the shape and character of church life. The values
of a church are "its genetic code which determines what it shall become.
Plans and programmes arise out of values, so that by articulating
our values we are in a sense, writing our own history in advance. The values
committed to, have been passed down to us from the early Church.
In Acts 2:42-47, we find seven activities which the earliest Jewish Church
In Romans 15:7-26, we discover seven priorities which, for the Apostle
Paul, were the controlling values of the Gentile Church. The seven
values in both cases are identical. Our belief is that if these values
for the first Jewish Church and then were adopted by the Gentile
Church forty years later, then they should be normative for us as well.
discussed below are listed in the order they appear in Acts 2:42-47.
VALUE TEACHING (Acts 2:42)
from the Bible. We believe that God gives us His Word in scripture
for our understanding and to direct our activities; personal and
from the Bible, we seek to understand:
a) What the
text of scripture says
b) What it means
c) What difference it makes
d) How we will respond to it
that the true learning includes doing and that we have not truly
taught the Bible until our lives are changed by it.
VALUE FELLOWSHIP (Acts 2:42)
that the congregation is the gathering of unique individuals
into a single body co-ordinated for worship and service. Everyone
Jesus met was a unique and special person to Him. Each one received
His respect and love. The needs of each were met by Him according
to His resources. So it must be with us.
of the greatest legitimate needs each of us has is the
need to be
known and accepted as we are. Without encouraging sentimentality
or irresponsibility’s we seek to foster mutual openness
act of fellowship between individuals is to surrender the right
to a separate self-existence, in order to create a living community
of faith and love. This means that we give priority to the relationship
with in the church over the organisation of the church. The organisation
of the church is to serve the people, not the other way round.
We therefore organise ourselves into small groups, meeting weekly
in homes to facilitate the building up of ourselves together.
VALUE PRAYER (Acts 2:42)
house shall be called a house of prayer..." (Matthew 2:13).
with each other, we seek to know and be known by one another.
In somewhat the same way, prayer is fellowship with God. In prayer
we expose our inner beings to God, revealing ourselves honestly
as we are, and as we do, we also seek to truly know Him, as He
really is. Through prayer, we co-operate with God in His providing
for our needs and those of others. It is by prayer that we participate
in God's war against evil. It is through prayer that we share
in the ongoing work of Christ to save the lost and heal those
who sick in body and mind.
VALUE GOD'S MIRACULOUS SIGNS (Acts 2:43)
His power in the past by saving His people. He will reveal His
power in the future by judging the world. We see Him manifesting
the same power today in acts of salvation and judgment in and
through the church. We understand that it is God's good pleasure
to bring healing and wholeness to us and those about us through
various means, including miraculous power. We anticipate and
make provision for God to reveal this power in conversions, healings
and in the tearing down of evil about us. In preparing for miraculous
signs we expect from God, we provide teaching and training in
the ministries of healing and deliverance.
VALUE GIVING (Acts 2:44)
understand that in giving ourselves to God we also give
our money. The giving
of money to God's work is a high act of worship. Money represents
power, security and pleasure to each of us. It pleases God to
provide money for His people for their needs and enjoyment. In
returning a share of it to Him, we acknowledge the source of
our wealth and express our gratitude for it. Giving is also a
test of our discipleship. Jesus explained that "Where your
treasure is there is your heart also" (Matthew 6:21).Where
we give or spend our money determines whose disciples we are.
Our giving to God is a way that God in turn gives to us. Jesus
said again, "Give and it shall be given to you, a good measure
...for with the measure you use it will be measured to you" (Luke
VALUE WORSHIP (Acts 2:47)
Worship is the bringing of all we are and have to God and offering of it to
Him freely and without reserve. Worship, so defined encompasses all of
life and is brought before God in various forms.
Within the life of the church, the corporate act of worship is our highest
priority. We come together regularly and often to consider the beauty of God
and to rejoice in His love for us. Communion is of special importance to us
in this regard. The songs we sing in worship are to God and for God and are
designed to deliver us from habitual pre-occupation with ourselves, by focusing
us upon the true source and significance of life. Our worship of God the Father,
Son and Holy Spirit is our most profound response to reality.
VALUE EVANGELISM (Acts 2:47)
church can be likened to a club, it is a club for the sake of
non-members. The church continues to exist on earth for the purpose
of reaching and reclaiming the world for Christ by proclaiming
His words and doing His works. We anticipate that the very life
of the church will attract non-believers to the beauty and love
of God revealed through it. We also expect individual members
of the fellowship to take Christ's message of salvation to those
they relate to in daily lives. The goal of evangelism in its
various forms is, in the end, to make disciples who will in turn
make more disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).
that the most effective evangelism arises out of multiplication
of churches. Our fellowship is therefore not only an end in itself
but also a means of planting additional churches. We provide
training and support to accomplish this.
Broadly speaking, these are the values upon which the "Lakeside Christian
Fellowship" is built-in general; these will guide our planning and
shape our programmes. The needs of the fellowship and the guidance of
determine more specifically which activities associated with these values
from time to time.
believe in the one true God, revealed to us as Father,
Son and Holy Spirit.
believe in God the Father maker of heaven and earth.
believe that as a true Father, He concerns Himself
with us, answering our prayers and saving us from sin and judgment
through Jesus His Son.
believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, God's only Son.
We believe He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin,
lived a perfect life for us, died in our place to absorb the
judgment for our sins, was resurrected from the dead and ascended
into heaven where He intercedes for us.
believe in the personal, visible return of Christ
when He will fully establish the Kingdom of God which He first
inaugurated in His earthly ministry .
believe that at this time all people will be raised
from the dead for the final judgment.
believe in the Holy Spirit who, at the moment of conversion,
comes to live in all believers, to empower them to grow into
the likeness of Jesus' character and to follow Him in his work.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is present as helper and guide
to all true followers of Jesus.
believe the Scriptures of both Old and New Testaments
to be fully inspired and without error.They are our written
authority and guide in all matters of faith and practice.