:: TRAINING & DISCIPLESHIP
Colossians 1:28 (NASB) We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.
Every Person Complete:
It is our privilege and responsibility as a church to provide adequate opportunity for individuals to grow to their maximum potential as Christians. We are always looking for ways in which to enhance and refine both the wisdom and the spiritual gifting of our members. This is done through teaching, training, delegation of responsibilities and opportunities to serve. It is important to us that each person discover and pursue his or her unique purpose in Christ, and we encourage members to explore all available training opportunities.
Topical studies and courses are offered on Wednesday nights, and those members who show interest in particular fields of Christian service may receive more specialized assistance from the leadership team. Motivated members are encouraged to discuss their ministry passions with the pastor and take initiative in their calling for the benefit of the whole body.
Romans 12:4-8 (NASB) For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Leadership is essential and critical to the health and prosperity of the local church. To quote John Maxwell, "Everything rises and falls on leadership." Without good, godly leadership, the local church will flounder and most likely fail in fulfilling its God-ordained goals and purpose in the local community and in missions. So we believe that leaders must lead. We also believe that leadership works best with the strength of relationships and not merely from a title or a position of authority. We seek to follow what Jesus taught in Matthew 20:25-28 when He said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Therefore, those of us who are in position as leaders seek to use the influence we have to enrich and inspire those we lead to be all that they are destined to be in God. This we aim to do, understanding that we are co-laborers together with Him, and that we will give an account of our leadership in the day of judgment.
Psalm 147:1 (NASB) Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.
All who have browsed through the book of Psalms will have discovered that the worship of God is not just some ritualistic observance, but instead the most satisfying and rewarding activity any human can ever engage in. Worship is what we were created to express.
At Living Hope Family Church, we believe that worship is to be both a lifestyle and a deliberate act on the part of every believer. We are, by the mercies of God, to daily present our bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God (Romans 12:1). We are also to praise God publicly, in the midst of the assembly (Psalm 22:22), for God is worthy of our highest praise!
To facilitate the expression of public praise and worship, Living Hope Family Church provides weekly worship services, where a team of musicians and singers lead the congregation in corporate song. Those who participate are encouraged to worship the Lord with reverence, to rejoice with trembling (Psalm 2:11), to worship together as families (Psalm 22:27), to kneel or bow down in worship (Psalm 95:6), to be glad and sing (Psalm 9:2), to boast aloud in the Lord (Psalm 34:2), to clap (Psalm 47:1), to lift up their hands in His name (Psalm 63:4), to shout joyfully to God (Psalm 66:1), to praise Him with instruments – guitars, drums, cymbals, trumpets, flutes and more – to break forth in joyful song (Psalm 150), and even to praise Him with dancing (Psalm 149:3). Worshippers are also encouraged to sing spontaneous prayers and new songs to the Lord (Psalm 149:1).
During these times of interactive worship, we make time to wait upon the Lord in order to hear His voice through the reading of scriptures, the prayers of the saints or prophetic utterance (Colossians 3:16).
We believe that the act of worship not only gives God what He is most deserving of, but it also empowers the believer, encourages the disheartened, stirs the spirit and lifts the morale.