The Gospel

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT) “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The New Testament Church example, found in Acts Chapters 1 through 5, offers insight into the roles and responsibilities of the Church. We believe sharing the Gospel is the primary mission and responsibility of the Church. Understanding the Bible is a critical component in the spiritual health of any follower of Jesus. Without an accurate understanding of scripture, we are vulnerable to a plethora of doctrines that contradict scripture. With this in mind, The Life Center offers Biblical instruction and prioritizes Biblically-based teaching. The Bible is rich with applicable principles that can be used for everyday life.

The Gospel welcomes all people who believe the message of Jesus, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic status, educational background, denominational affiliation or family history. Likewise, The Life Center welcomes all people who are seeking a deeper relationship with The Lord, and who desire to grow closer to Him.

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT) Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Worship

Romans 12:1-2 (NLT) And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Members, and those who visit The Life Center, sing songs of praise and worship to God, but at the same time, we understand that worship is how we live our lives in response to our relationship with God. While no one is “perfect”, it is our desire to promote and live a Christ-focused and surrendered life. The praise and worship songs that we sing are God-focused songs vs. self-focused, superficial songs. We also serve communion and practice baptism as a part of our expressions of worship.

Culture

John 17:9-21(NLT) “My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 10All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. 11Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name;[a] now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. 12During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold. 13“Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth. 20“I am praying not only for these disciples, but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one — as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

The Life Center understands the importance of being culturally relevant without compromising the integrity of scripture. Because the influence of pop culture is so strong, differentiating between Biblical authenticity and what is “popular” poses a challenge to many ministries. While modern culture has many positive features, there are just as many overt and covert destructive elements. The Life Center’s goal is to embrace what is beneficial, while exposing that which is detrimental. While we love everyone, The Life Center does not condone or promote any activity that the Bible deems to be sinful.

The Life Center does not attempt to change scripture to appease anyone, gain their support or participation. We firmly believe that those, who desire to be a part of the fellowship, will be led by the Holy Spirit.

Partnerships

2 Corinthians 6:14 (NLT) Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?

The Life Center gives careful consideration to those with whom we align ourselves, as well as to the businesses we promote. We do not partner with organizations whose core mission conflicts with scripture.

While The Life Center’s mission is to serve ALL in the community, we reserve the right not to “partner” with any person or establishment when we are aware they are in direct opposition to the Bible. Organizations, clubs, corporations and individuals, whose primary goal is to promote anti-biblical messages (whether subtle or overt) are among those with whom we will avoid partnerships. Unfortunately, many, of the aforementioned, seek to exploit ministries through intimidation and financial incentives, etc.

Leadership

Acts 6:2-4 (NLT) So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said, “We apostles should spend our time teaching the word of God, not running a food program. And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility. Then, we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word.”

1 Timothy 3:1-16 This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be an elder, he desires an honorable position.” 2So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. 3He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. 4He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. 5For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church? 6An elder must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall. 7Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap. 8In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money. 9They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience. 10Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons. 11In the same way, their wives must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do. 12A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well. 13Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus. 14I am writing these things to you now, even though I hope to be with you soon, 15so that if I am delayed, you will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.
16 Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ was revealed in a human body
and vindicated by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and announced to the nations. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory.

Titus 1:6-9 An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. 7An elder is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money. 8Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. 9He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.

All Life Center leaders must complete our leadership process. We do not transfer ordinations between churches or “hire out” leaders. Each potential leader must complete a prescribed curriculum and additional individual requirements before being installed as a ministry leader. A ministry leader might serve in a full-time capacity after completing these necessary steps.

Safe Church

Jeremiah 23:2-4 (NLT) Therefore, this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to these shepherds: “Instead of caring for my flock and leading them to safety, you have deserted them and driven them to destruction. Now I will pour out judgment on you for the evil you have done to them. But, I will gather together the remnant of my flock from the countries where I have driven them. I will bring them back to their own sheepfold, and they will be fruitful and increase in number. Then, I will appoint responsible shepherds who will care for them, and they will never be afraid again. Not a single one will be lost or missing. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

The Life Center developed “Safe Church” exclusively for those who have been affected by spiritual abuse. This online resource addresses many of the concerns expressed by those healing from spiritually abusive experiences. Recognizing the need to address this issue in a safe environment, “Safe Church” gives people an opportunity to heal, at their own pace, without pressuring them to participate in another religious system.

Topics focus on recovery from spiritual abuse; scripture is the foundation of each message. The primary goal of Safe Church is to aid in the healing process, so that those who have experienced spiritual abuse can continue to grow and thrive in their relationship with Christ.

Financial Literacy

Matthew 25:14-30 (NLT) Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last, dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. 16The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. 19After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, “Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.” 21The master was full of praise. “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so, now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” 22The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, “Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.” 23The master said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so, now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” 24Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, “Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant, and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.” 26But the master replied, “You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least, I could have gotten some interest on it.” 28Then he ordered, “Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth….”

The Bible speaks about finances on many of its pages. Unfortunately, most school systems and churches do not teach financial literacy. Although many ministries teach giving, often, it is their only lesson about fiscal responsibility. Scripture offers a more comprehensive approach to individual stewardship. Understanding what the Bible says about money management can help people avoid catastrophic money mistakes and create potentially long-term financial benefits.

Debt Free

Proverbs 22:7 (NLT) Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.

The Life Center began to teach about the debt free lifestyle in 2010. Since the inception of this initiative, countless families and individuals have started on the path to becoming debt free. Additionally, TLC has presented classes and seminars to help college bound teens in high school, and their families, avoid student loan debt. www.debtfreenation.org The Life Center is on the fast track to becoming a church that is 100% debt free.

Health and Wellness

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT) Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

Physical and spiritual health is a vital part of our daily lives. Taking care of our natural bodies is very important. The Life Center emphasizes the value of achieving and maintaining good health in light of rampant physical and spiritual decline throughout our culture. Through informative messages and resources, TLC hopes to reverse the trend of poor choices that contribute to poor physical and spiritual health.

Politics

Matthew 22:19-21 (NLT) 19 Here, show me the coin used for the tax.” When they handed him a Roman coin, 20 he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?” 21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. “Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

Romans 13:1 (NLT) Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.

For those who so desire, we encourage participation in the political process. However, The Life Center does not support or have any affiliations with any political party. Although we believe in and adhere to governmental authority, we believe that God is the ultimate authority.