Our Mission Statement:
Love God, Make Disciples, and Serve our Neighbourhoods, City, and the World.
To become a thriving community of Christ followers.
Our Core Values:
Commitment to Truth: at Lincoln Road we want to be people who pursue truth in all things. We believe that God has a specific design for how life is to flourish and be fully lived out and because of this we appeal to His Word, both the pages of Scripture and the person of Jesus in all things. We desire to give space for questions and growth as we learn to be shaped by the message of Jesus and become part of the story God is telling to the world.
Authentic Community: Whether someone is just beginning to investigate Jesus or considering themselves fully committed to Him, we want to create an environment in which all people feel safe to explore, ask questions and are able to encounter Christ where they are right now. We celebrate the uniqueness of each person’s individual story while understanding that God is shaping us as a whole into a community of faith. We believe the Gospel provides hope in every aspect of life through God’s grace. We desire to be a place of safety and healing for people dealing with hurts, addictions and other difficulties in life’s journey through the support ministry of Celebrate Recovery.
Posture of Grace: We affirm that the life of faith is a journey. As we move towards Jesus in authenticity we recognize our brokenness and our need to be dependent on God. Life in community can be messy. We commit to coming alongside one another, wherever we are at, to extend the same grace and mercy we have received through Jesus as we aim to follow the kingdom way of peace and reconciliation with each other as far as it is possible.
Devotion to the Way of Jesus: We desire to devote our whole selves to the Way of Jesus, by giving the Holy Spirit freedom to speak and direct every part of our lives. Our hope is that as we are filled and led by the Spirit, He will shape us to be more like Jesus. Believing He is at the centre of our lives and worship, we practice communion weekly.
Engagement in Mission: We believe that the call to come together is in part a call to impact and influence the world around us. We believe that every follower of Jesus has been invited into the Mission of God. With the help and empowerment of the Spirit, we commit to live as signposts of His Kingdom, intentionally proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ in our homes, neighbourhoods, workplaces and recreational spaces. We commit to pursuing justice, peace and restoration in our immediate contexts and beyond as an expression of that Kingdom.
Multicultural Diversity: Kitchener-Waterloo is a diverse place where people from many backgrounds are represented. Lincoln Road wants to embrace this diversity and create space for multiethnic worship to be a part of who we are. We are currently one church which is comprised of a Mandarin Congregation and an English Congregation who shares a joint children and youth ministry.
Neighbourhood Community Focused: We meet in a unique building that lends itself for multipurpose use and desire to be good stewards of how God has blessed us. We aim to share our facility generously with other churches and ministries and with our community at large as a sports and training venue and for cultural and social support.
Our Core Practices:
As people following the Way of Jesus, these are core practices we seek to incorporate into our personal lives while also encouraging them to be integrated into the ways that the ministries of Lincoln Road Chapel are carried out.
Word - we believe that Scripture is one of the primary ways God speaks to His people and so in all that we do we want to be shaped by God’s Word, seeking it as our source of wisdom for life as followers of Jesus.
Prayer - with so many voices in our culture we want to give God priority and space to speak into our lives. Through varied expressions of prayer, we enter into two-way communication with God as well as the transformational experience of His presence.
Table and Hospitality - sitting at a table with others can be a sacred place where spiritual formation occurs. It is the place where we share not only food but life, allowing relationship to develop as we let others in and vice versa. We commit to regularly eating with others, to having tables that are wide open for others to come, connect and be blessed.
Generous Worship - worship is a full life response to who God is and what He has done. We believe that all that we have and are is a gift from God, and want to be people who generously give back our time, resources, talents and affection to Him. Our whole lives are given up as an offering of worship to declare His greatness.
Service and Mission - being called into full participation of the community of the people of God was never intended solely for our benefit, but is an invitation to carry out God’s mission in the world around us. We declare the Gospel in how we love and serve one another, but also want to make a habit of turning outward to others as an expression of what we have received in Jesus.
Sabbath - God’s design for the rhythm of life is to carve out one day a week for sabbath. This is time for rest, renewal and reflection, away from the regular busyness of life, as we rediscover who we are made to be in Him. While sabbath seems counterintuitive to a culture built on productivity we believe it enables a health and balance that leads us to flourish as humans. Sabbath is to slow down and savour the goodness of God’s creation, to subvert the tyranny of the world of “having to do” to rest in the reality of “what He has done.”
Our Statement of Faith:
God - There is one God, eternal, existing in three persons – Father, Son and the Holy Spirit
Jesus Christ - The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God, born of a virgin and sinlessly perfect. His sacrifice is substitutionary and representative. He rose bodily from the dead and ascended to His Father’s right hand where He now ministers as the believer’s Great High Priest.
Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit infuses new life in the believing, repentant heart. He empowers, directs and gifts believers for service. He indwells every believer and is the seal of redemption.
The Bible - The Bible is inspired of God, inerrant in the original documents and of final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
Salvation - Each member of the human race is sinful and re-birth by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of man. Redemption is wholly by the blood of Christ and salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Every believer possesses eternal life and is justified, sanctified and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and by Him is empowered to live a Godly life. The believer is secure for all eternity. However, a believer can, through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony and reward, and incur the Father’s chastisement. Relationship is eternal, being established by new birth; fellowship however, is dependent upon obedience.
The Church - The church began with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and is composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. The local church is composed of believers in a locality who gather in Christ’s name for worship, prayer, edification, fellowship, service and witness. Government and discipline are divinely outlined in the Epistles as being the responsibility of the local church.
The Ordinances - There are two Christian ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism signifies that the believer, having died with Christ, is buried with Him and is also risen with Christ to walk in newness of life. The Lord’s Supper was instituted by the Lord Himself. In observance of this supper, believers retell the message of the Lord’s death, until He returns.
The Return of Christ - The personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ could occur at any moment. His return will usher in a series of events: the rapture, judgment on unredeemed society, the restoration of Israel to Him as Messiah and an eternal state of blessedness for the redeemed. This truth is an ongoing incentive to holy living and faithful service for every believer.
Judgment - There will be a resurrection of the believer unto eternal life and of the unbeliever unto eternal punishment.
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