VISION & VALUES
We desire to be a family of disciples who love Jesus and are joined together on His mission.
Habakkuk prophesied that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14) It is our responsibility, and therefore our mission as the family of God, to reveal and represent Him in the earth (2 Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 6:20) to make certain that He has first place in everything (Colossians 1:18), and to make disciples, ensuring that they are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being taught to observe all that Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19-20) – most simply that we love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-40).
WHO WE ARE…
A God-Seeking People
A people of His presence
A passion for worship
A people of prayer
A people of His Word
A prophetic people
A Kingdom-Centered Family
Loving and serving others
Local church as the expression of God’s kingdom
Leadership through Ephesians 4 gifts operating as teams
Leadership development through discipleship
Legacy – a multi-generational family
Discipleship of every believer
A Mission-Minded Team
An apostolic base
An Antioch church
Multicultural and international
A landing strip and launching pad
Reaching/Impacting our community for Christ?
Jeremy serves as senior leader of the eldership team at Life Church, bringing a bold yet humble prophetic voice to the team. Jeremy holds a master’s degree in theological studies and is the principal of Life Church School. Ruth also serves the youth in the school and leads our worship team. Jeremy and Ruth have been married since 2002 and have four children.
Tony was one of the founding elders of this church 35 years ago. He and Patty carry a vision to train up leaders who will carry the Kingdom of God into the earth, impacting the culture around us. Married since 1991, the Fajkuses have worked in the marketplace and raised 3 children in Kirksville, and now have 2 grandchildren.
Roger and Debbie have been married since 1970 and have been pastoring in one form or another since 1980. Roger carries a strong shepherd’s heart, constantly reminding the leaders he trains, “God wants His people cared for, and cared for well.” The Moores have two grown children and four grandchildren.
The Bosts have a heart to shepherd young people, both in the church and the city. David serves as the church administrator, in addition to leading the children’s church and childcare teams. They also help lead the college-age Life Group. Jodie and David have been married since 1994 and have five children.
Andrew is the newest elder on the team, a gifted leader who cares deeply and simply for people. Andrew and Amy grew up in Kirksville and are graduates of Life Church School, then of Truman State University. They serve on the worship team and lead a Life Group. The couple married in 2015 and are expecting their first baby.
STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
We are not the sole authority for things pertaining to the Kingdom; we are a part of a long line of orthodoxy and strive to value, study, and practice each of the following statements.
Godhead: We affirm our belief in the one true and living God, who is infinite Spirit, creator, and sustainer of all things, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, Spirit – who is distinguishable and yet indivisible in nature, essence, and being. (Genesis 1:1-31; Deuteronomy 33:27; John 4:24, Colossians 1:15-17)
Father: We affirm that the Father is the first person of the Trinity and the source of all that God is and does. From Him the Son is eternally begotten and from Them the Spirit eternally proceeds. He is the designer of creation, the speaker of revelation, the author of redemption, the sovereign authority of history, and the source of all knowledge. (John 1:14; 3:16; 14:28; 16:28; Ephesians 4:6)
Jesus: We affirm the deity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who was born of the Virgin Mary though a miracle of the Holy Spirit and is therefore both human and divine; He is one indivisible person with two natures – wholly God and wholly man. He lived a sinless life, preformed miracles, died an atoning death on the cross, and was resurrected – having appeared to many after his death – after which He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in power and glory. (Matthew 24:36; John 1:1-14; Acts1:1-3; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 2:9-15; 1 Corinthians 12:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 1:7-8; 22:12-13)
The Holy Spirit: We affirm the deity and present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. He came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, comfort, and seal those who believe in Jesus Christ, and to empower them to use spiritual gifts for the carrying out of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
The Word of God: We affirm that the Bible is the inerrant and infallible word of God that directs and tests our every step. It is free from errors and contradictions and is the final authority for all matters of faith and conduct; it is absolute truth and the only objective, sufficient basis for faith and practice. Our lives should clearly reflect a biblical worldview that impacts society. (Psalm 119:160; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
Our Sin & Salvation: We affirm that all people are sinners by nature and choice, falling short of God’s standard, deserving of everlasting punishment for our total sinfulness, and therefore has need for complete regeneration and salvation by grace. We all must acknowledge and repent of our sin and have faith in the perfect, complete, and atoning work of Christ on the cross. (Mark 1:15; John 14:6; Acts 20:20-21; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8)
Heaven & Hell: We affirm that there is a literal Heaven and a literal Hell and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord. Those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord. (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9, 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; 16:19-31; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11, 20:11-15)
Baptism & Communion: We affirm that water baptism is a symbol of death to our sinful nature and life through Christ and that the sharing of communion represents our covenant relationship with the Lord Jesus and with one another in the Body of Christ. (Mark 16:16; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
Worship: We affirm that worship is a way of life that goes beyond singing and music. The people of God are called to worship in Spirit and Truth and to love Him with their whole heart and life. (Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:28-31; Romans 12:1-2; Psalms 150)
Discipleship: We affirm that discipleship is a requirement for every believer – that we each take up our cross and follow Jesus, walk with mature leaders, and make disciples of all the nations. (Matthew 16:24; Matthew 28:19; Luke 14:26-32)
The Church – A Spiritual People: We affirm that the church is to be a people of faith who gather regularly for fellowship, worship; prayer, and the breaking of bread; a people who allow the fruit of the Spirit to operate through their lives by proclaiming the gospel, promoting justice and love, and carrying out signs, wonders, and spiritual gifts, using those gifts to serve the local church and community. (Matthew 10:8; Mark 16:20; John 12:44; Acts 13:3-4; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 3:10-11; 4:16; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 1 Corinthians 14:1-33; 2 Timothy 2:12; 2 Peter 2:1-3)
A Relational Kingdom: We affirm that the kingdom of God is a relational family under God’s authority. Relationships are the biblical method of building the church to extend the Kingdom of God – God is relational and we should be as well. Further, right relationships are the measure and means to maturity. We will continually pursue a multi-generational, multi-cultural vision of the Kingdom (John 13:34; Acts 2:42-47; Revelation 7:9; 14:6-7)
Spiritual Authority: We affirm that spiritual authority is a reality woven into every aspect of the Kingdom. It should be seen operating relationally in every home through the lives of families (fathers & mothers), in the community as displayed by civil government, and in the church through governmental family-team leadership along with apostolic involvement. (Romans 13:1-2; Ephesians 4:11-16; 6:1-3; Colossians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:1-3; Titus 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:3)
The Return of Christ: We affirm that Jesus will return – personally and visibly – to fulfill the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgment, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost. He will establish a new heaven and new earth. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:1-3; Zechariah 14:1-9; Luke 11:39; Acts 1:10‑11; 1 Corinthians 15:51-2; Revelation 20:6)
Marriage: We affirm that God created man and that He created them male and female. As such, He created them different so as to complement one other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. Therefore, we perform marriages in accordance with the Bible consistent in both the Old and New Testament. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; John 4:16-18; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11,18-20, 7:1-3,8-9; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-7; 1 Timothy 1:9-11)