IT'S EVERY DAY
The greatest command Jesus gave us is to "Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, soul and mind and to love your neighbor as yourself." We are called to be daily devoted followers of Jesus, and to love those around us, this command is for every day.
Scripture is foundational, we have to be in the word as a church body, individually, and as families. With a foundation of scripture in our hearts and minds we are able to withstand the trials and temptations of life. As we walk through scripture together we are able to encourage each other, and challenge each other, while we walk through life together.
Being devoted to knowing Jesus and His word is most important as we walk together and journey with the Holy Spirit through scripture. Discipleship happens in the context of community, it's about helping people understand what it means to be a devoted follower of Jesus in the context of every day life. Our discipleship process is not a class, but occurs organically through Community Tables, our Gatherings, and by joining people on their journey through life and faith. .
SERVING AS TEAMS
Our entire church body engages to use their time and talents God has given them within the church. In 1 Corinthians 12:14-31 it speaks about the body and how each part is needed to function. The church takes on this role. Jesus is the head of the church and we serve as one body, each person doing their part to see our Community Tables, Church Gatherings, and any Event we do function in the way that it should, according to His purpose and will.
We believe in a simple gathering. The bible says that when two or three gather in His name He is among them. (Matthew 18:20) Gatherings don't have to be big to be impactful.
As a church we gather every week at 4:30 but it's not the sole focus of who we are as a church. If you want to be apart of the heartbeat of the church be in a Community Table and start joining the people in your life on their journey in life and in faith.
Our Community Tables are a smaller gathering of people who connect to read scripture, and talk about it. These Community Tables do life together, they are discipled and cared for by each other as the bible tells us to love one another.
When we gather all together as a church we take time to worship through song, prayer, testimonies, and a message. We end our times together with a meal provided by a local restaurant or family.
JOINING PEOPLE ON THEIR JOURNEY
Jesus' command to love your neighbor as your self is lived out at Community Life Church by joining people on their journey through life and faith. We exist to bring people together and to teach them the love and truth of Jesus Christ through relationship. We all have a sphere of influence, co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family that God has strategically placed in our lives. We have a responsibility to love these people through relationship lived out in community.
We live community life by keeping our heads up and eyes open to the people God has placed in our lives, intentionally building relationships and journeying with people as the Spirit leads, while we all grow in relationship with Jesus together.
The bible talks a lot about doing life in community and how to live that out. The phrase "one another" occurs throughout the New Testament. These commands are the foundation of true Christian community and directly impacts our witness to those around us. Jesus says, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35) We take these "one another" commands and live them out, we listed a few below. We are the church and we need each other.
-Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
-Admonish one another (Romans 15:14, Colossians 3:16)
-Bear with one another (Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 4:2)
-Be devoted to one another in brotherly love (Romans 12:10)
-Be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
-Be likeminded towards one another (Romans 15:5)
-Be patient with one another (Ephesians 4:2)
-Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50)
-Build up one another (1 Thess 5:11)
-Care for one another (1 Cor 12:25)
-Carry one another's burdens (Galatians 6:2)
-Clothe yourself with humility towards one another (1 Peter 5:5)
-Consider others better than yourself (Philippians 2:3)
-Confess your faults to one another (James 5:6)
-Comfort one another (2 Corinthians 13:11)
-Encourage each other (1 Thess 4:18, 1 Thess 5:11, Hebrews 3:13, Hebrews 10:25, Isaiah 41:6)
-Employ the gifts that God has given us for the benefit of one another (1 Peter 4:10)
-Encourage each other daily (Hebrews 3:13)
-Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13)
-Honor one another above yourself (Romans 12:10)
-Love one another (John 13:34,35 ; John 15:12, 17; 1 John 3:11, 23 ; 1 John 4: 7,11,12 ; 2 John 5)
-Love on another deeply from the heart (1 Peter 3:8, 4:8)
-Live in Harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
-Pray for one another (James 5:16)
-Serve one another (1 Peter 4:10, Galatians 5:13)
-Serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13)
-Show hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
-Speak the truth to one another (Zechariah 8:16)
-Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)
-Stir up one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24)
-Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21)
-Teach and counsel one another (James 9:20)
We are a decentralized church, we are not zip code or city based. We are a large group of communities that range over a 50 mile span. Each community is dedicated to reaching their areas. We have communities in South, West, North and Central Salem, Dallas, Corvallis and Albany. We know this is unconventional but we are following God’s call and believe we have a God sized dream to see communities rise up throughout the mid willamette valley to reach their areas for Jesus.
In these areas you will find a Community Table to join and will be able to engage with a loving community right where you are. Twice a month all of our Community Tables gather together in our current hub in Monmouth. We have a dream to see hubs pop up South and North of Salem as well as in the Salem area. These hubs are places we gather as a larger body to worship. Our hubs are multi use facilities as we don't want to see a building sitting empty during the week, we want to partner with businesses and other churches throughout the valley to establish our hubs and reach our communities.