What We Believe
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and windows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27
James 1:27 is our missions statement at Lake Country Christian Church and it leads us to focus on these three areas:
1) We love God, so we strive for moral purity.
2) We love People, so we seek ways to care for the local community, those suffering overseas, and to care for the environment.
3) We love Family
1) We Value God and His Word
The Glory of God is very important to us at Lake County Christian Church. We seek to draw positive attention toward God in everything we do (1 Corinthians 10:31}. This is key to our own happiness as well. We desire for God to be glorified in all nations on earth, so we support and send missionaries there.
2) We Value People
We value people so we serve the community and share the gospel. If we see a need in the community, it's our joy to fill it. Also, because following Jesus is the only way to spend eternity with God in heaven, it is important to us that we send missionaries to the unreached people groups.
3) We Value Family
God values family so we value family. Not only do we minister to children and youth as a congregation, but we make it a priority to equip parents to train their children in the way they should go and to have a strong marriage.
Who We are
Lake Country Christian Church is a member of the "Christian Church/Church of Christ" denomination. It is a small denomination that developed as an answer to the growing number of Christian splinter groups in the American church. Rather than differences between Christians, the "Christian Church/Church of Christ" focused on unity among Bible-believing Christians by returning to principles of fellowship found in the New Testament book of Acts (such as communion and baptism).
The core of the denomination can be summed up by these two quotations:
1) "We are Christians only, but not the only Christians"
2) "We have no creed but Christ, no book but the Bible, no name but the name Christian."
At the time our denomination formed, some churches would only allow members of their denomination or church to partake in communion. In contrast, the "Christian Church/Church of Christ" believes that communion should be available to all believers, regardless of particular church affiliation. As a sign of open fellowship, the "Christian Church/Church of Christ" began celebrating communion weekly, a tradition we continue today, to show unity among Christians.
"For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes."
1 Corinthians 11:26
In addition to open communion, we also emphasize the importance of full-submersion baptism (as practiced by the early church) as the public sign made by a believer in Christ.
"Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin." Romans 6:3-6
Each "Christian Church/Church of Christ" assembly is independent and under the authority of the local eldership.