Life CHURCH of Rochester, MN
Faith should make sense in real life. At Life Church we strive to help faith in God be practical and real. And, although faith in God transforms our lives, God has created us with unique personalities. We believe it's OK for you to be you, as God grows and works in you.
We at Life endeavor to create an atmosphere where people can explore God while leaving the facades at the door. We also have great value on seeing God's power and presence meet us in a healthy safe environment.
We believe it's important for those searching for spiritual significance to be able to fine purpose, belonging, healing and identity in Jesus Christ and His family.
There are few things that impact us like the sense of God's presence, clear communication of God's Word and healthy, real relationships. Come and join us as we journey to that goal!
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What You Might Expect At Our Gathering Times
The best way to get a feel for the direction and culture of a church family, of course, is to visit. And, by all means, the more that you are consistently within that environment, the more you will tend to "catch" that direction. However, it might be nice to just hear a bit about our gathering times and what we see as the intention of our time together.
The direction and purpose that we sense for Life Church has a significant impact on how we use our time when we're together. While we respect church environments that have clear defined orders of service where a limited number of people typically engage, we see something a bit different and more dynamic in the Word of God that we are pursuing. This vision is something that God is unfolding for us over time. There are a couple key verses from the Bible that guide this.
The first key point is the "framework" of our time. In the book of First Corinthians in the Bible, there is a dialog about what a gathering of Christians should look like. Then in chapter fourteen, verse twenty-six, it asks the question - "well then, what should it look like?" The following verses then go on to give us a picture of an interactive, dynamic environment. It is a gathering where everyone is valued and has a part to play, as God has uniquely designed them and as He personally leads them. In a healthy church family, there is a growing connection between us and God and us with each other that results in an environment where we can mutual build one another up.
In a spirit and attitude of peace and grace, God directs our time to be an interactive time where He may lead a number of people to share and contribute. And, there is a beautiful order to this sharing. We believe that there is order when God is leading. This creates a safe environment where people can participate but are not coerced. The environment allows one to observe, but makes space for the expression that God has placed within each person to have an avenue to be expressed. Ministry happens best when His expression in each of His kids is honored.
What is the role of leaders? First, to listen closely for what the Spirit of God is doing in our midst. From that, to guide and facilitate an environment where; God can move and minister as He sees fit, where He is the honored Focus and where we can interact in healthy, safe relationships.
This brings us to our second key point. Another role of the leader is to ensure that the foundation and bedrock of such an environment is from Grace and Truth. Jesus is Grace and He is Truth and the time must focus on and flow from Him.
First Peter 4:10 talks about this ministry to one another and then gives an incredibly important objective. It says that when we gather like this, we are literally distributing the grace of God in a variety of forms or expressions. If it's our intention to administer this grace, then understanding grace becomes a priority. Because of that, we have a significant focus and value on teaching and growing in grace, truth, trust and the fullness of our covenant and identity with God. Leadership's role then is to guard environment and to encourage a place of intimacy with God.
It is also important to mention that the first Sunday of each month is our "Communion Sunday". On those particular Sundays, we begin with a time of worship and then move directly into Communion and then eat and simple meal together.