Lake Morton Community Church exists to exalt God, equip people, and engage the world.
Our core values
We have been reconciled to God through the transforming work of Christ, and therefore, every aspect of our lives is shaped by the Gospel. Our salvation, identity, and mission are all rooted in this Gospel. As a church, we seek to point people to Christ and help them find their hope and joy in Him.
Grounded & Growing in the Scriptures
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God, and therefore the final authority in all matters of belief and practice. We seek to grow more and more in the grace and knowledge of Christ, by growing in our knowledge of and obedience to His Word. We are therefore committed to expository, Christ-centered preaching of the Bible, and teaching the whole counsel of God’s Word in various contexts.
God, as a trinity, exists in eternal and perfect community, and has created man to live in communion with Him and with one another. As Christians, we are called to share life together, investing deeply in redemptive relationships. We express our commitment to community every time we meet. However, our small group ministry is the primary context where Christ-centered community is grown.
The central mission of the church is to make disciples. This means that a vital part of our DNA is a culture of multiplication. We want to multiply new disciples, being faithful ambassadors of the Gospel in our community and beyond. We want to multiply growing disciples, by teaching the whole counsel of God’s Word and faithfully shepherding people toward maturity in Christ and works of service. We want to multiply disciples who are leaders, by investing in potential leaders whom God raises up, and giving them opportunities to serve and lead. We believe this mindset should so permeate our church that every member would place a high priority on multiplying disciples.
Ministry to the Whole Family
The family is at the heart of God’s design for discipleship. Husbands and wives are called to help one another grow toward Christ-likeness. Parents are called to train their children to know and love the Lord. A family is called to be a picture of Christ’s love to the world. Therefore, we seek to minister to the whole family, equipping each member to apply the Gospel to every aspect of life. Our children’s and youth ministries are a vital part of this, existing to come alongside of parents in training their children, but never to replace them as the primary spiritual influence.
Ministry to the Whole Person
Each person is uniquely created in the image of God, designed to enjoy communion and fellowship with Him. As a church, we seek to know and serve people individually. We want to minister to their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, by connecting the riches of Christ to the realities of life in a fallen world. We also seek to help people discover their gifts and equip them to use those gifts in service to Christ and His kingdom.
Life on Mission
We believe our witness to the world is not an event but a way of life. We want to impact the world with the Gospel, by living as ambassadors of Christ in every area of life. Our mission field begins here in Lakeland, but extends to the nations. We want to be a church that passionately shares the good news of Jesus Christ with our friends, neighbors, family-members, and co-workers. This commitment also means we generously support and partner with those who are taking the Gospel to the world through overseas and U.S. mission endeavors.
Lake Morton Community Church is a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America. To learn more about the EFCA, click here. For a PDF of our Statement of Faith with Scripture references, click here.
What We Believe
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel’s promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily, and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.