Surrender Together Love

Essentials

We believe in something and not everything.

History

Surrender

Together

Love

A discipleship plan designed to move us closer to God and our neighbor. The three areas of growth have movement and direction to them:

  • First we SURRENDER our lives to Jesus
  • Second we gather TOGETHER in community with others
  • Third we sacrificially LOVE others

SURRENDER

Full Participants surrender to Jesus Christ and Christ alone as Lord and Savior. They look to Jesus’ death on the cross for their redemption and reconciliation to God the Father.

Acts 4:12
 / Romans 3:22-25 Romans 10:9 Ephesians 2:14-16

Full Participants submit to the authority of the Bible, the living word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit. Full Participants learn from it, study it, obey its teachings, and consider it the authoritative story of God over all of their life.

Luke 24:27
 / 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Full Participants take part in an on-going conversation with God through frequent prayer.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Full Participants engage with God in regular times of solitude and silence with God to grow in their ability to love God and love others.

Luke 5:15-16
 / Luke 10:38-42

Full Participants surrender to God’s call to be generous and grateful by tithing the first 10% of their household income to the work of God in this community and the world as expressed through Lakeland Community Church. This is the starting place for the generous life.

Malachi 3:10
 / Luke 11:42

Full Participants confront the power of pain and hard times and see in them great power to shape their souls.

Romans 5:3-5

TOGETHER

Full Participants walk together with other Christ-followers. Full participants seek out Small Groups, Accountability Groups, and/or Spiritual Mentorship and in these relationships live honestly, authentically, and transparently. There is no hiddenness in their life. In these small groups or one-on-one relationships the Full Participant knows, loves, serves, and celebrates others.
Luke 12:2-3, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Full participants come together to live life before an audience of One! In all they do they live only to glorify God and enjoy him forever!
Romans 12:1, Colossians 3:16-17

Full Participants promote and defend the peace, purity, and unity of Lakeland Community Church and the church around the world. There is no unaddressed or unresolved conflict as far as it is up to them. They neither listen to nor speak gossip. They relinquish individualism and cling to the oneness of the church! The Full Participant submits to the spiritual oversight and discipline of the elders.
John 15:12, Proverbs 15:22, Ephesians 4:2-6, John 17:20-23

Full Participants are baptized as a sign and seal of God’s covenant of grace. They also participate in the Lord’s Supper – God’s ongoing expression of Grace and Presence.
Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Full Participants serve in ministry with other Christ-followers to further the gospel as the Holy Spirit has best empowered them to serve in the church and world.
Mark 10:43-45, Ephesians 4:11-12

As part of the people of God, Full Participants adhere and agree to the core doctrinal Essentials of our faith as expressed at Lakeland.

LOVE

Full Participants come alongside those who are oppressed, needful, and disadvantaged.
Matthew 25:34-40

Full Participants share their faith with those who are far from God. They share their story and their witness to what God has done in their lives with others. They know that their reputation is Christ’s reputation and the church’s reputation. They cooperate with the Holy Spirit in drawing others to God.
Mark 16:15

Full Participants take an active role in expanding the kingdom of God within Lakeland, into our metro area, and out into the world. They support and defend the mission statement of Lakeland Community Church – turning irreligious seeking friends into authentic followers of Jesus Christ.
Acts 1:8

Full Participants constantly consider the sacredness of others. They practice the discipline of noticing the needs of others. They make room—in the church and in their lives.
Matthew 25:35, Hebrews 13:2

Full Participants work toward the reconciliation of all races so all the world might live in single-minded love and peace under Christ the king. This begins with the Full Participant’s own love for those of different races and nationalities.
Galatians 3:28

ESSENTIALS

We believe in something and not everything. We believe the Bible is the infallible inspired word of God and critical for faith and life. We believe Jesus is the way of salvation. We believe the church is the hope of the world. And we believe each of us are called to an important and epic mission during our one lifetime.

 

1

We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!

2

Jesus Christ, the living Word, become flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person Forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.

3

The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.

4

Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.

5

The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.

6

Jesus Christ will come again to the earth – personally, visibly, and bodily – to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)

7

The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)

HISTORY

Lakeland Community Church began in 1995 in the living room of Dan and Laurie Wilburn. They wanted to create a church for people who didn’t go to church. Thye wanted a place where people who didn’t know the drill, the language, the rituals, and the stories could come and hear the life changing message of Jesus in a way they could understand and apply to their lives.

This has remained the hope and vision of Lakeland Community Church. Since 1995 Lakeland has met in a daycare, above a restaurant, and in a movie theater. In 2005 Lakeland purchased the All Star Family Sports Arena at 913 N.E. Colbern Road and changed it into the latest home of Lakeland Community Church (keeping one indoor soccer field!)

Each week and throughout the week people of all ages and all walks of life are hearing and applying the Way taught by Jesus Christ. You can find members of Lakeland making a difference for themselves and others on Sunday morning, throughout the week in their homes and neighborhoods, serving the homeless in the inner city, serving special-needs children on Saturday night, and traveling the world to China and Mexico in His name.

Come and see for yourself what God is doing at Lakeland. Explore the claims of Jesus. Join his world-changing movement! Especially if you have never been to church or if you have been burned by church, Lakeland can be a fresh beginning for you!