our values

At Life Church, there really are only a few things that are a "big deal" to us.  These are listed below.  This is who we are...

1. People Matter  

In The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis writes, “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”  

At Life Church we are deeply moved by the implications of these words. When morality is ever questioned, it is always questioned by a person, about a person. People have value because there is a God of infinite worth who has given internal value to humanity. This value exists simply because the person exists. At Life Church, we will never violate the value of a person for the sake of personal or organizational gain of any sort. Simply put… people matter. 

2. Priesthood of the Believer (Team) 

The priesthood of all believers is not merely the Christian's freedom to individually relate with God without a human mediator. It embraces the concept that the Christian also possesses evangelical authority and freedom to engage in ministry. The priesthood of the believer expresses not religious individualism but its exact opposite—the reality of the congregation as a community. The concept of a “great man” who is elevated and untouchable is asinine and has no place in the Kingdom. At Life Church we embrace fully the concept of being an authentic team. We do everything as a team. At Life Church, under no circumstance would anyone do ministry alone. 

3. Honesty / Authenticity

In Ephesians 4:15, Paul suggests a commitment to three things. First, a commitment to speak. Second, when we do speak it is necessary that we remain objective and speak the truth. Third, the process has to be navigated and bathed with love. At Life Church we desire to create a culture where people are authentic in their relationships with each other and with God... a place where we can embrace our humanity and become comfortable in our own skin. With the exception of confidential counseling and staff issues, all knowledge is dispersed to everyone. Knowledge should not equate to power. Also, there is no tolerance for gossip at Life Church. 

4. Grace / Mercy

No perfect people allowed. At Life Church we are more interested in rubbing shoulders with people who have made plenty of mistakes, rather than standing next to people who pretend they haven’t. At Life Church, simply put, the prostitute wins – the "religious person" does not. We desire to create a culture of acceptance and love. We desire to create a culture where we forgive when we have been wronged and we ask for forgiveness when we have wronged others. Messed up people have a place at Life Church. By the way... we're all a little messed up. 

5. Experience

At Life Church we are highly interested in bridging the gap between the mind and the heart. We work hard to create an atmosphere where truth is not only heard, but is experienced. We want to construct a balanced platform in which both the empiricist and rationalist can benefit. 

6. Broad Demographics

The body of Christ is diverse. At Life Church we are intentional about creating environments that reach all people types. We are constantly stretching ourselves to reach out beyond ourselves to people who are different. We seek to have a balanced representation of all people groups from the context in which we serve. We desire to be not only multi-cultural in our approach but multi-generational as well. A healthy church is one where at least four generations are represented.   

our beliefs

About God’s Word

We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.

See 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5.

About God

We believe that God alone is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. God is totally loving and completely holy. 

See Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14.

About Jesus

We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to humanity. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. The Lord Jesus Christ is both God and man and is the only one who can reconcile us to God. Each time we partake of communion we remember Jesus lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.

See Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13.

About the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit applies Christ’s saving work by enlightening the minds of sinners to their need to be saved. He renews and indwells believers upon salvation, becoming their source of assurance, strength, wisdom, and gifting for building up the church. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understand and applying the Bible. Appropriated by faith, His power and control empower believers to lead a life of Christ-like character and bear fruit for the Father’s glory.

See 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1.

About Humanity

We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him. But humans defied God by sinning and going their own independent way, resulting in alienation from Him and the innate inability to please God. We believe sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives. This fall took place at the beginning of human history; all people since have suffered these consequences and are in need of the saving grace of God.

See Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2.

About Salvation

We believe sin has separated every person from God and His purpose for their lives. As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts. Salvation is a gift from God to us. In order to receive forgiveness we must repent of our sins, believe in Jesus Christ and submit to His will for our lives. God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and powerful lives in order to help others more effectively.

See Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1.

About Eternity

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised and will rule and reign on this earth. We believe that humans were created to exist forever. Those who reject God in this life will suffer eternal condemnation apart from God. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life.

See John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46.

About the Church

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. Scripture commands believers to gather for worship, prayer, fellowship, and the teaching of the Word; to observe baptism and communion as established by Jesus; to offer service to the body through development and use of talents, gifts, and outreach to the world.  At Life Church, we consider ourselves an inter-denomination church (or more commanly known as a non-denominational church). We have a strong desire to connect with people from all walks of life. We welcome anyone from any denomination or background.  

Statement of Marriage

We believe that because God our Creator established marriage as a sacred institution between one man and one woman, the idea that marriage is a covenant only between one man and one woman has been the traditional definition of marriage for all of human history (“Traditional Definition of Marriage”). Because of the longstanding importance of the Traditional Definition of Marriage to humans and their relationships and communities, and, most importantly, the fact that God has ordained that marriage be between one man and one woman, as clearly conveyed in God’s inerrant Scriptures, including for example in Matthew 19:4-6 where in speaking about marriage Jesus referred to the fact that “he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,” the Church hereby creates this policy, which shall be known as the “Marriage Policy.”

Under this Church’s Marriage Policy, the Traditional Definition of Marriage is the only definition of marriage that will be recognized or accepted. No elder, officer, employee, servant, agent, or any person, corporation, organization, or entity under the direction or control of this Church shall commit any act or omission, or make any decision whatever, that would be inconsistent with, or that could be perceived by any person to be inconsistent with, full support of this Church’s Marriage Policy and strict adherence to the Traditional Definition of Marriage rather than any alternative to the Traditional Definition of Marriage.

This Church’s Marriage Policy specifically prohibits acts or omissions including but not limited to permitting any Church assets or property, whether real property, personal property, intangible property, or any property or asset of any kind that is subject to the direction or control of the Church, to be used in any manner that would be or could be perceived by any person to be inconsistent with this Church’s Marriage Policy or the Traditional Definition of Marriage, including but not limited to permitting any church facilities to be used by any person, organization, corporation, or group that would or might use such facilities to convey, intentionally or by implication, what might be perceived as a favorable impression about any definition of marriage other than the Traditional Definition of Marriage.  Life Church Meridian Bylaws 5 of 24 .

Traditional Marriages will be performed only for Life Church Meridian members after the couple has completed the Life Church Pre-Marital Counseling Program either through the Life Group Ministry or individual counseling.

We believe this Church’s Marriage Policy is based upon God’s will for human life as conveyed to us through the Holy Scriptures, upon which this Church has been founded and anchored, and this Marriage Policy shall not be subject to change through popular vote; referendum; prevailing opinion of members or the general public; influence of or interpretation by any government authority, agency, or official action; or legal developments on the local, state, or federal level.