The vision of LBC is outlined below. This emerged from an examination by the leadership, of the needs of the local community and the stated aspirations of members & adherents of the fellowship. It is focussed on the fresh opportunities which church growth and extended facilities will provide to reach out to the wider community of Lossiemouth with the compassion and message of Christ.
Our vision is to be a Bible based, family friendly, community focused church with lively worship.
As the church we are called to bear witness to the Lord Jesus Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1v8: ”But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”
As we seek to “GROW DISCIPLES OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST” we will achieve this by being:
- A missionary community
- A loving community
- A discipling community
- A worshipping community
We are called to be a missionary church. The church in its very DNA should be missionary. We are not a church who has a missions team, we are a missionary church; intentional, intrinsic and holistic.
A Loving Community
The New Testament emphasises the importance of committed relationships. We are saved as individuals but we are called to express and grow in our faith in a community of love. (ie. The local church)
We make a commitment to love, we follow the commandment to love, it is our motivation.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34)
The consequence of that love is that others look on and see the love of God in the way we treat one another.
A Discipling Community
Jesus said: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Mt. 28 We are called to be a discipling community.
Derek Prime says “Christian discipleship is our response to the call of Jesus Christ to follow Him. It involves a counting of the cost and a total commitment to Him, so that the whole of our life is given to making God’s kingdom our primary concern.”
A Worshipping Community
The Bible speaks often of worshipping God and perhaps we have assumed we know what is meant by the word. However, it may be worth a second look. Most often we think of worship as something we do in church, by our praying, hymn-singing and meeting around the Lord’s table. That indeed may be worship; something we hold of importance in our life together. There is more…
The Bible says in Hebrews 10 v.25:
“Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing but let us encourage one another.”
As a worshipping community we want our worship services to be according to the Scriptures but also culturally relevant.
1) Worship involves submission to God.
2) Worship involves service for God.
3) Worship involves a celebration of God.