Westlane Christian Church is a ministry embracing all races that is committed to making disciples. A disciple is defined as a devoted follower of Jesus Christ who, through the indwelling Spirit that is derived from this commitment, strives to model the following behaviors:
- Passion for knowing Scripture
- Love for God’s people and the desire to live in fellowship
- Desire to attract the un-churched
- Commitment to living according to the Spirit
PASSION FOR KNOWING SCRIPTURE
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11)
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
Westlane’s goal is to provide the tools necessary for members, regular attendees, and visitors to have an effective devotional life, as well as have a productive personal ministry both inside and outside the church. Only through study and correctly interpreting Scripture can Christians be spiritually healthy and effective ministers. This is a life-long task and needs to be seen as such.
The vision is that Westlane be a place of learning from the children’s programs to the adults. Every member will be learning how to interpret Scripture as well as participating with others in the in-depth studies that apply these methods. This is done in order that we can be Spiritually mature (Hebrews 6:1) and become a beacon by “Always [being] prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks. . .for the hope that [we] have.” (I Peter 3:15)
- Christian Education
– Adults – Sunday School, Group Bible Studies (R.E.A.L. Groups (Relationships Evolving Around the Lord), Wednesday bible study
– Children/Youth – Sunday Morning Bible Study (during worship service), K.I.D.S. Church/Youth Church, Youth Group, Vacation Bible School
LOVE FOR GOD’S PEOPLE / FELLOWSHIP
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”. (John 13:34-35)
“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth”. (1John 3:18)
If God’s people do not first love one another, then how can they ever hope to be the city on the hill that draws others to God’s wonderful purpose? Just as God called His people during the Exodus, so God also calls His people today and expects them to have a single purpose as a church, as well as to be responsible for how they treat one another.
The development of relationships within the Body, worshiping corporately, and caring for God’s people through acts of kindness is essential to our spiritual growth.
To demonstrate our love for one another, Westlane members will always endeavor to practice agape love in the following manner:
- Being kind to one another
- Resolving conflict Biblically
- Praying earnestly for one another
- Worshiping together
- Worship Service
- Small Group Bible Study Fellowship
– R.E.A.L. Groups
- Care Groups – Consisting of members and participating visitors whose primary goal is to look after one another’s spiritual and emotional needs
- FFF – Food, Fun, and Fellowship
DESIRE TO ATTRACT INDIVIDUALS TO CHRIST
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
It is imperative that we remember the purpose of the Church is to spread God’s word and reach the lost for Christ. Westlane is a church built on Biblical principles.
To demonstrate our desire to attract others to Christ, we shall:
- Individually, spread the gospel to friends, relatives, associates, and neighbors
- Corporately, create an environment where all are edified and inspired to devote their lives to Christ and, through Him, to ministry
- Worship Service
- Bible Study
- Evangelism Committee
- Community Outreach
COMMITMENT TO LIVING ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT
“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:16, 22-25)
As we strive to live by the Spirit, it is important that each member set spiritual goals and be accountable to their brothers and sisters in Christ.
Westlane will foster spiritual growth by helping our brothers and sisters in Christ develop spiritual goals, implement strategies to achieve these goals, and hold each other accountable.
- Care Groups
- Bible Studies
- Mentorship Programs