What We Value
Every church, organization, or person has a set of values that are important to who they are, and who they want to be.  While LCC may not always get it right, we strive as a church and as individuals learning under God’s grace to uphold these values to the best of our ability.
Love One More:
Once, Jesus was asked about the most important way to live.  He said that two things stood out among all the rest.  Love God, and love others.  Loving God and loving others are forever linked, you cannot love God without loving those around you.  As a matter of fact, loving other people is how you love God.
If you visit one of our services you’ll hear us say this phrase:  Love one more.  This is a reminder to our church family to do our best to love those around us and to put others above self.  As we grow in loving other people, we not only make this world a little better off, but we show our love for God in real and tangible ways.
God Dependent & Spirit Empowered:
We as people, and as a church depend on God.  We want LCC to be a place where people come together to learn about what it means to follow Jesus, humbling ourselves and allowing our minds to be remade, sharing our lives with and investing in relationships with one another, and to do all of this as a response of worship and gratefulness to Jesus.  This kind of community and culture cannot be built without relying on God.  Simply put, we cannot do it on our own.  We are dependent on a God that loves us and cares for us.  We are dependent on God who empowers us through His Holy Spirit living in us and directing us.
John 5:5 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do
Galatians 5:25 – “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
Growing Disciples:
One of the main responsibilities of the Church and of its leaders is to make disciples.  What we mean is, we want to help those around us learn and practically apply the teachings of scripture to life today.  We all interpret scripture through different lenses and perspectives, and sometimes trying to understand the meaning of the original writings of scripture can be difficult.  It is our goal to help you along in your journey of following Christ.  It doesn’t matter to us if you’ve been a Christian all of your life, or if you’ve never stepped inside a church before.  We want to help you grow as a learner of Christ, and as someone applying the truth of scripture to your life.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that
                                                    the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Colossians 1:28 – “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully
                                           mature in Christ.”
Everyone In Ministry:
Ministry is not just for paid staff.  Everyone has something that they can do to help the Church be more like God intended.  We are better as a group of believers than we could ever be alone.  We believe that it is crucial to your own personal growth, and to the growth of the church that everyone finds a place to serve that brings joy and fulfillment.  You could serve inside the walls of the church helping teach, or greeting guests, or helping in our kids classes, or outside the church helping at a soup kitchen or other non-profit.  It doesn’t matter to us.  What is important is that you use the gifts and talents God has given you to make the world around you better and in the process bring a little bit of Heaven here now.  This is integral to who we are in Jesus.  If you don’t know where God has gifted you, or where you might be a good fit to serve, we’d love to help you figure that out so you can put your gifts to use.
Galatians 5:6 – “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.  The only thing that counts is faith expressing                                             itself through love.”
Romans 12:6-8 – “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.  If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
Value The Individual:
Every person has inherent worth and value.  Your worth is not determined by successes or failures, what you believe, how you define yourself, the color of your skin, or how much money you have in the bank.  You are a loved child of God.  A wise person once said that the value of something is only determined by what someone else is willing to pay for it.  God paid His all for you in the person of Jesus Christ.  Through Christ’s sacrifice we believe that all people have immense value and worth and should be treated as such.
Hebrews 12:10 – “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.”
Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Servant Evangelism:
People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.  The truth of scripture is of the utmost importance, but how you choose to communicate the message of scripture also matters.  We believe that the message of the Bible is best communicated through both words and actions of service and love.  Jesus demonstrated this example time and time again in the New Testament.  His example teaches us to meet the physical needs of those around us and, as we do, to use our words to tell of the great love of God.
James 2:16-17 – “If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what
                                          good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”