Vision is a special revelation from God that helps us to see through God’s eyes, to perceive His purposes and plans for ourselves as well as for His Church. Vision gives illumination, energy, and direction. The Lord has a vibrant vision for building His Church…His body. Vision is one of God’s methods of communicating in order that His people might receive and deliver the Word of God clearly and powerfully. Our task is to see our destiny as vital members of His body purposed by Him to live a visionary lifestyle blessed by God.
We firmly believe that the Lord has a mandate for the Church in this hour to have a solid sense of direction that presses toward that point of Perfection, Holiness, Blamelessness, Cleanliness, and Glory that will allow His Presence to be manifest in His Church in this very hour and ultimately bring the Lord’s return.
Eph.5:25-27 “Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
Proclaiming The Kingdom
of God through the Church, to our city, to surrounding communities, our state, our nation, and to the world through aggressive evangelism, training up leaders, planting churches, and establishing missions and missionary teams.(Lu.9:2, 60)
Exalting The Lord
By establishing dynamic Holy Spirit inspired praise and worship. Bathing our lives, time, talents, giftings, and abilities in prayer that we might be as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto the Lord. (Ps.34:3; 99:5, 9; 107:32)
Equipping The Church
To fulfill her destiny through Godly vision, Biblical teaching, government and pastoral ministries, and the care and nurturing of God’s people. God has set in the Church the “Five-Fold” Ministry for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, and for the perfecting of the saints until we all come in the unity of the faith , the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto a “measure” of the stature of the fulness of Christ. (Eph. 4:11-13; 1Co.12:28)
A Clear Vision
provides the Church with clear direction. It answers the question “Where is this church going?” It brings the future into focus and motivates all to become involved. If we as God’s people are to accomplish great things for God, we must know what it is that we are trying to accomplish.
A Clear Vision
enables the Church to move together in unity of mind, spirit, and purpose. As vision is regularly communicated it serves as a constant challenge and reminder to what we as a united body have agreed upon is God’s direction and commission for this church to pursue.
A Clear Vision 3>motivates.
It is the life-blood and the driving force behind the church. It is the fuel that lights the fire in the hearts of the people. It motivates people to give their life, time, and finances. We appeal to you to become involved in giving, not because of the needs but because of the vision.
We as leadership and church congregation hold in high regard certain Biblical values that the vision is built upon and built with. Without these values, the vision would be wasteful rhetoric and vanity. These values breathe life into the vision and sustain the quality and security of the vision.
Value God’s Word
We believe that the entire Bible is the “inspired” Word of God, the authoritative and trustworthy rule of faith and practice for all Christians.
Value God’s Manifested Presence
To enjoy God’s felt-realized presence is our passion as a church. We believe there is a presence of God available to God’s people as they follow the pattern of worship as seen in (Psalms 22:3)
Value Holy Spirit Activity
>Both in our personal and corporate life as believers, we welcome the moving of the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are apart of our basic belief system.
Value Dynamic Spontaneous Praise and Worship
The Believer’s response to God’s presence may be seen in the energetic worship with clapping, lifting hands, and singing spontaneous unrehearsed songs unto the Lord. The Church is challenged by God’s Word to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth (Jn.4:24). Without yielding to “trends” or “commercialization”, care is taken to be sensitive to the moving of the Spirit in order that God’s people might enter into His very presence Through True intimate worship God is pleased and the fruit of True Worship (warfare, physical and spiritual healing, and changed lives) is manifest.
Value The Principle of Unity
Not conformity or loss of identity but unity of spirit and principle. Unity may express itself in a variety of ways but still maintain the same principles and convictions so as to flow together in accomplishing the vision.
Value The Holiness of God
Holiness is not legalism that is measured by outward look, but a true cleansing of the Believer through God’s Word and by the power of the Holy Spirit that is evidenced in Christian conduct and character. “We will know them by their fruit.”
Value Fervent Prayer
“Prayer has a voice”. The voice of prayer is heard as we pray together in our pre-service prayer times. The Principles of prayer and fasting are believed to be the “power-house weapon” that God has given to the Church to fulfill His will in this hour enabling us to become all that He desires us to become and achieve all that He has called to achieve. Individual and corporate fasting and praying moves the hand of God (2Chron.7:14).
We believe that God deserves the best we have to offer; Therefore we seek to maintain a high quality of excellence in everything connected and related to the work of the ministry.
To love one another is our goal. We endeavor to make this practical in and through our fellowship and ministry care groups. We consider this church to be “family” and value each and every individual as a special and needed part of the whole. Encouraging deeper relationships with other Believers results in encouragement, accountability, strength, and support.
There is no substitute for a lack in character. We hold this value in highest esteem and filter all other values through this one. Up-rightness, trustworthiness, and transparency are our best foundation stones.
Value Kingdom of God
influence in the community, city, and culture in which we live. We are to be salt and light to our world. We are to penetrate the political, social, educational and spiritual realms with and by God’s Spirit and His Word.
Value The Family
We express this commitment in our strong emphasis on family in our preaching, teaching, available counseling, and active-practical ministry here at Living Waters.
Our Vision Goals
To see Living WatersFamily – A Family Praise Center become a growing and reproducing fellowship of Believers that lives out AUTHENTIC BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY and reaches our world for Christ..
To so exemplify Christ that those in our community will be drawn to the Lord by watching our lives.
To have the Word of God be the final Authority in all we desire and do for ourselves and others.
To worship God in Spirit and Truth in order that that His Presence is manifest, meeting people’s needs and transforming their lives and the lives of families in our community.
To be a center of education for growing and perfecting people in the Kingdom principles and training God’s people in the New Testament Koinonia principles of fellowship – Building relationships and serving the needs of others.
To share the Love of God with those outside the Church through spreading the Gospel, first in our own city, then to the uttermost parts of the earth – Through Discipleship, chuch planting, and support of missionaries in the field.
To uphold authentic Biblical Christianity – regarding: the Gospel as the power of God unto salvation; Dynamic Worship that brings the Presence of God into our midst; Waiting upon God that the expression of spiritual gifts may be manifest; Prayer, Sound uncompromised Biblical teaching, and personal ministry as the God-given tools that will effect growth and maturity for our children and adults alike.
To provide a positive place for our children to grow in faith, in trust, and in relationship with the Lord and with the Body of Christ.
To provide training and equipping of Believers for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body and for the perfecting of the Saints.