To bring honor to God by…
- Authentic worship (John 4:21-24)
- Faithful proclamation (1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 4:2; Ephesians 4:15)
- Compassionate service (Galatians 6:10; Matthew 12:15)
- Christ-centered lives (Colossians 1:15-19)
- Biblical preaching (Acts 2:42; 1 Timothy 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:13)
- Passionate prayer (Acts 2:42)
- Deep fellowship (Acts 2:42)
- Family-focused ministries (Genesis 2:24; Deuteronomy 6:7; Ephesians 6:2)
- Compassionate care (Acts 2:44, 45)
- Awe-filled worship (Revelation 4, 5)
- God-induced increase (1 Corinthians 4:6)
Faithfulness: In all we do our goal is to be faithful to God. We believe we must run the Christian race according to the “rules” of God (2 Timothy 2:5). We believe that God will honor our faithfulness (Revelation 2:10). We seek to be faithful by putting our trust in God in all that we do (Colossians 3:17), making His priorities our priorities and actively seeking to be involved in His work in this world. This is how God will be glorified and disciples will be made!
Intentionality: Discipleship requires us to be intentional about our faith. What we do not plan to do we normally will not do. This means we seek to be intentional about helping people grow in their relationship with God (2 Peter 3:18). No matter where people find themselves in their walk with God, as a church we will be intentional in helping them grow (Ephesians 4:12), and as Christians we will be intentional in our walk with Jesus. Our goal is to help all to learn God’s will, live His will, and share in deep communion with others.
Simplicity: Following Jesus has been hijacked by all sorts of rules and rituals that are foreign from Scripture. Our goal is to go back to a more simple way – the way of Jesus. In our fast-paced, chaotic world, it is good to know that our relationship with Jesus is a simple faith. Our vision to be and make disciples requires us to practice our simple faith in a bold way, showing and teaching others what it means to let Jesus be your Lord.
Dedication: Jesus said that we must take up our cross and follow Him. This requires dedication (Luke 9:62). We should expect our faith to cost us something. Therefore, the dedication of each of the members of the Lakeside church of Christ is essential to us reaching the vision God has for us.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN OUR WORSHIP
If you have not worshipped with a Church of Christ before, or with the Nsawam road Church of Christ in particular, here is some information to familiarize you with our Sunday worship service.
You will notice that our worship in song is without instrumental accompaniment. We believe that a cappella congregational singing both enhances our personal involvement in the worship, and conforms to the New Testament example (a cappella literally means “in the manner of the church,” or “as in the chapel”).
The Lord’s Supper (Communion)
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. Jesus established the practice of sharing the bread and the cup so Christians might weekly remember the sacrifice of his body and blood to make a new covenant with God possible for us. We leave to each person the decision to participate in the Supper.
Typically following the Lord’s Supper, we provide an opportunity to make an offering. This is the means by which our members make their weekly contributions in support of our ministries. Occasionally, we will also take a collection for special needs in our community or throughout the world. As our guest you are welcome to but not expected to make a donation.
The sermon is the time when the “good news” of God’s love and Jesus’ redemptive life is proclaimed and applied to our lives today. We hope you will find it encouraging, relevant and Bible-based. At the close of most sermons, we identify one of the elders of our church to be available to respond to anyone’s personal needs—a prayer concern, the desire to be baptized, an intention to recommit one’s life to the Lord, or other spiritual needs.
Leadership of the Service
Leadership in worship is not limited to those formally recognized as ministers and elders. You will see Christian men and women from various walks of life taking active roles such as reading Scripture, serving communion, and participating in prayers. We are concerned to include all members in our worship in ways that are biblical, orderly and meaningful.