Who Are We

Lakeside’s Constitution

Lakeside’s Vision is seeing lives changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Lakeside’s Mission is to make biblical disciples through leader directed, relational small groups.

(John 20:19-23; Matthew 28:18-20; and 2 Timothy 2:2)

Our strategy to live this out is seen in the following values¦

Worship God – God is glorious and is worthy of worship. It is through the person of Jesus that we truly are able to see God in all His glory. We come together in Gathered Worship on Sundays to praise Him, proclaim His Word, and encourage one another in the faith. We are then sent out into what we call Scattered Worship. This is where our whole lives are offered up to God as we seek to glorify Him in all of life.

Love People – God calls us to love God and people. At Lakeside, we gather weekly in Fellowship Groups in order to connect with the family of God, learning to grow in our love for one another and for others.

Live the Word – We believe that God has sent us to this region to be people who not only hear the Word but do what it says. In other words, we are all missionaries sent by God to serve and proclaim the Gospel in our communities.

While our mission and core values are helpful to learn a little bit about Lakeside, it is perhaps more important to know that we love Jesus first and foremost, and we desire to have Him and His Gospel at the center of everything we do. We call this focus on Jesus and His Gospel being Gospel Centered. Here are a few things that may help you understand this perspective.

The Gospel Defined

The Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. Read the following definition by Mark Dever, from his book, Gospel and Personal Evangelism.

Here is what I understand the good news to be: the good news is that the one and only God, who is holy, made us in his image to know him. But we sinned and cut ourselves off from him. In his great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law himself and taking on himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever turn and trust in him. He rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been exhausted. He now calls us to repent of our sins and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness. If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God. Now that is good news.

The Gospel’s Centrality

The Gospel is not just the ABCs, but the A to Z of Christianity. The Gospel is not just the way we enter God’s kingdom, but the way we thrive within the kingdom. We are not saved through the Gospel and then forced to maintain our salvation through obedience, but the Gospel is the way we grow (Gal. 3:1-3) and are renewed (Col. 1:6). It is the solution to each problem, the key to each closed door, the power through each barrier (Rom. 1:16-17).

New Way with God

The Gospel moves us from an impersonal “boss-employee” relationship with God to a personal Father-child relationship with Him” from a self-centered, fear-based motive to act morally to a love-based desire to delight (and delight in) God.

New Way with Self

We no longer base our identity on what others think of us or even what we think of ourselves  but on what God thinks of us in Christ (1 Cor. 4:3-4). The Gospel produces neither an inferiority complex (since God sees us as beautiful in Christ) nor a superiority complex (since we know we are sinners saved only by grace). The transforming power of the Gospel simultaneously produces in us both confidence and humility.

Gospel Reconciliation between Individuals

Through the Gospel we become a new people of God, united to Christ and to each other. Since the Gospel both humbles us and yet assures us that we are loved, we are now free from both envy and pride, both inferiority and superiority. We no longer receive our sense of worth through approval from people or through power over people. This makes our relationships things of beauty driven by love (Gal. 5:6). We neither use people nor are overly dependent upon them; rather, we are free to serve, affirm, or confront others — whatever is best for them.

Gospel-centered Worship in the Community

Worship is the process by which we continually attribute the most worth to Jesus. He alone is worthy of our worship and He alone can fulfill us. Many other things compete for this place of worthiness in our lives, and the Bible calls them idols. In fact, John Calvin referred to our hearts as “idol factories” that constantly manufacture new objects of worship. We must continually repent of our attempts to seek independence from Him or to find satisfaction in anything else besides Him.

Through the Gospel we strive both personally and corporately to identify, expose, and destroy all idols that compete with the one true God for our attention and devotion. If there is no personal transformation occurring within our body, then corporate worship will be like a committee meeting instead of an encounter with the living God. If, on the other hand, we are being personally transformed, then our worship will be alive and outsiders will be attracted to what is happening (1 Cor. 14:24-25).

Gospel Respect

The Gospel teaches us to have deep respect for non-Christians. Since we are saved only by grace, it is our responsibility to humbly demonstrate our reliance on Christ and live out our security and peace as we boldly tell His story.

Gospel Love

The Gospel keeps us from being defensive and taking things personally. Because our value is derived from Christ, we do not feel the need to win arguments or prove ourselves through witnessing. We evangelize because we love people, and we love people because God first loved us.

Gospel Mission

Paul says that the Gospel “is the power of God for salvation” (Rom. 1:16). The Gospel can bring salvation to both the religious person and the irreligious person. The Gospel is powerful and able to save even the most sinful people. God receives great glory when great sinners repent and are changed by Christ and His Gospel. Our desire is to proclaim the life-changing good news of Jesus Christ to all people.

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