Who We Are
LifeSpring Church launched in Durham in January 2020. Our prayer and our hope is that our church will live up to our name. Isaiah 43:19 says, "Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, springs in the desert." LifeSpring Church is passionate about the newness and the fullness of life that is found in Jesus. We are passionate about being a source of light and life to the community that we are a part of. And we are passionate about the potential that each and every person has. Potential to change, and to change the world.
At LifeSpring Church our mission -- that is our main goal as a faith community -- is to help people reach their potential in Christ. We believe that every person has a God-given potential that can only be reached through the fullness of life that comes from Jesus Christ. We, as a church, are here to spur each other on toward our full potential in Christ Jesus, because we believe that our potential can only be reached together in a supportive Christian community.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Your values are the things that you believe are most important and most foundational in life. What you value will drive what you do and it will determine your priorities and how you live your life. There are many things that we can value. At LifeSpring Church we have identified three values that are most important and most foundational to who we are as a faith community and that will help us carry out our mission to help people reach their potential in Christ.
To reach our God-given potential, we need to hear from God and follow His instructions for our lives; moreover, we believe in the power of His Word and its ability to guide us. We rely on the Bible to provide direction in how we live our lives and also to be the arbiter of truth about this world and this life.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
A fulfilling life involves an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus Christ. We can best deepen that relationship if we are involved in a close Christian community that encourages each other with love, support, and truth. We work to initiate healthy personal relationships and then develop them so that we can go beyond surface-level relationships to develop an authentic, supportive community.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
The Christian life is not static. God’s power transforms lives. When we see people grow more and more into who God made them to be, we want to celebrate those changed lives. Therefore, we will encourage those moments, and when they occur, we will celebrate them as a church.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Jesus gave us an example of how to help believers realize their full God-given potential. At first, His disciples were a ragtag group of misfits destined to have little impact on the world around them. However, after three years with Jesus, they became individuals who displayed phenomenal character and were ready to change the world. As modern-day disciples, we encourage everyone to wholeheartedly pursue these practices and to include others in them:
Jesus used gatherings to challenge His audience with the truths about life with Him. These were important opportunities to be exposed to biblical ideas, to learn, and grow in understanding. We likewise endeavor to create environments for a powerful large group worship.
Jesus’ disciples were a small group where they could discuss what they were hearing. It gave them an environment to ask questions and figure things out. It was a relationship- driven environment where they could be more transparent, encouraged and supported as they learned from Jesus. Likewise, we intentionally offer small groups of various kinds so that long-term, healthy relationships can develop.
Jesus taught His disciples to pray individually and to think about the meaning of Scriptures in order to strengthen their personal relationship with Him and to deepen their understanding of Him. We provide resources and encouragement to help people maintain a strong, deepening, day-to-day relationship with God.
Jesus trained His disciples and then put them to work. Christianity is not a “sit and soak” experience but a “go and do” lifestyle. People need to be serving and giving of themselves as Jesus did for others. Thus, service in the church, out in the community, and beyond our neighborhoods is essential. Believers should serve and grow in service by discovering and developing their gifts and skills.
As we pursue our full potential in Christ, both as a church family and as individuals, we should see fruit of that growth. We should see change. We believe that this growth will be marked, or characterized in the following ways: