Purpose, Vision & Values
Living Faith Fellowship exists to bring glory to God by advancing His kingdom across the street, down the road and around the world through the process of making disciples who make disciples.
We will help people Embrace Jesus, Experience life transformation and Engage others with the love of Christ. We will seek to do this through the development of missional living and missional communities in Kearney and beyond.
Important Values at LFF
Love God and Love Others
As followers of Jesus, our biggest priorities are to love God with all our hearts and to love others deeply. This priority comes from what is referred to as the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:35-40). We are to love God with every part of our being. Intimacy with Jesus and obedience to His will are key in our walk with God. Our lives should be marked by our love for others. God has loved us with immeasurable love. Our response to that love is to love and care for those around us as a demonstration of God’s love. This love includes the least, the last and those far from God.
Make Disciples Who Make Disciples
Jesus has called all believers to be actively involved in the expansion of His kingdom my making disciples who make disciples. This directive comes from what is often referred to as the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). The word disciple is not one that people are familiar with today. The idea is to make apprentices for Jesus. Disciple making is a process that involves sharing about Jesus and helping people grow in their faith once they make a faith commitment. Just as an apprentice in the plumbing field is trained and developed to become a licensed plumber, so it is with followers of Jesus. We help them learn, grow and obey by coming alongside of them and walking with them in the everyday things of life. The disciple is trained to reach others and reproduce what has been done for them. In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul states, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” This is a beautiful picture of the disciples making disciples movement.
The Great Commission calls us to take the gospel to the “ends of the earth” as well as our local communities (Acts 1:8). As a church, we are very active in praying for and financially supporting the expansion of the kingdom in other countries and other people groups. We even send teams to the mission field when possible. We are particularly committed to reaching the unreached and unengaged people groups around the world with the gospel of Christ.
Community is very important to us. We desire to develop rich community as we live life on mission together for Jesus (Acts 2:42-47). This is best developed through missional communities. These are smaller gatherings (12-20 people) in homes where we gather for the purpose of connecting with one another and with people who are far from God. What makes these communities different from small groups is that the DNA of a missional community is outward focused. We experience connected relationships, great meals, study of Scripture, prayer, intentional service, awesome party times and accountability as we live both personally and collectively on mission for God.
Sent Lives / Missional lives
In the John 20:21, Jesus says, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” As followers of Jesus, we have been sent into this world to advance the kingdom of God by making disciples who make disciples. This means that wherever we are (work, school, our neighborhood, the gym, the coffee shop, etc.), we have been sent there by God to love the people around us and to share the good news of Jesus. All followers of Christ are sent ones.
The Incarnation (uppercase I) speaks to the fact that God left heaven and became one of His creation through the person of Jesus Christ. He did not feel compelled to hang onto His equality with God. He sacrificially made Himself a servant and put flesh on. He was obedient to the Father even to His own death. He sacrificed everything to pave the way for humanity to be reconciled to the Father. Although Jesus put on flesh, He didn't cease to be God. He was one hundred percent God and one hundred percent human. When we speak of the incarnational (lowercase i) ministry of the church, we are speaking about believers imitating Jesus in sacrifice and service for those who are far from God. We will never be Christ, but we want to emulate Him. The Father sent Jesus on a mission, but He also sent Him on that mission with a sacrificial, servant posture. When we embrace our "sentness" and give our self to serve others, we take on the posture of Jesus. Our desire is to live missional, incarnational lives for the purposes of God's kingdom agenda (Philippians 2:3-8).
Belong Before You Believe
We want you to feel welcome as you are. Whether you are a longtime believer, a person who has drifted from church or someone who is just checking this Christianity thing out, come and hang out with us as you explore life with Jesus.
At LFF we take the Bible seriously. It is the authority in our lives. We believe that Scripture is God’s very words to us (2 Timothy 3:16). Each week we spend time exploring God’s Word so that we can understand it clearly and live it out boldly. We want to be doers of the word and not just hearers.
We believe that prayer is the backbone to everything we do. The advancement of the kingdom is a spiritual endeavor and there is an enemy who does not want it to happen. The primary weapon we have is prayer. Therefore, we seek to be a community that is committed to and dependent upon personal and corporate prayer (Acts 2:42; Ephesians 6:18-20).
It has been said that “God loves you as you are, but that He loves you too much to leave you where you are.” Every one of us comes to Jesus as people who have fallen short of His perfection. He doesn’t expect us to “clean up” before we come to Him. The offer of the gospel is not dependent upon our being good enough. It is a free gift based on what Jesus did for us. Once we have come to faith in Jesus, He begins to work transformation in our lives. It is our goal to become more like Jesus every day. This is a lifelong journey and it only happens as we submit to the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:1-2).
Every Believer is a Minister
At LFF we believe that every believer is a minister. The church has too often made the mistake of allowing the pastor or the leaders of the church to do all the ministry while the attenders sit back and receive ministry. This is not how God designed the church. The pastors or leaders are to equip or train the congregation to do the work of ministry. Ephesians 4:11-13 states, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” The pastors and leaders are the coaches and the people of God are the players. We have all been gifted (1 Corinthians 12) for the purpose of serving. Everyone plays!