Lifeway Christian Church is a worshipping community located in Lara, Victoria, Australia. Lara is around 15 minutes drive north east of the City of Geelong, and 45 minutes south west of the city of Melbourne, just south of the magnificent You Yangs Regional Park. We are affiliated with the Baptist Union of Victoria (BUV) but have a non-denominational flavour and a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Our church service time is 10.00am. On the first Sunday of the month we enjoy a bring and share morning tea after the service. We hope you can join us soon.
1.We value the Holy Spirit empowering us to a personal relationship with God through the Father through Jesus.
2.We value passion for outreach through our participation in the local community and beyond.
3.We value developing disciples through teaching the word of God.
4.We value open and transparent communication from leadership.
5.We value an authentic, relationship based fellowship of people who love and care for and encourage one another, using our gifts and abilities.
At Lifeway, we believe that all are called to serve, but few are called to lead.
Those who are given a leadership role at Lifeway are ordinary, everyday people however the Bible tells
us to honour those who lead because of the great level of responsibility they have.
Our Leadership teams consists of a:
Pastoral Team -
Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, Community Engagement Worker, Pastoral Care Team
Business Operations Group -
Office Administrator, Finance Administrator and Business Administrator
Congregational Ministry Leaders -
Playgroups, Creche, Worship, Social Media, Lifeway Kidz, Mission and Property
The Eternal Triune God
We believe that there is only one eternal and true living God who has revealed Himself as existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Luke 3:21-22)
We believe: Creator God, Creator of the whole universe. Father of all things. It was on the Father’s initiative because of His Love for us, that He sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sins. (Gen 1:1, John 3:16, Matt 6:9, Eph 4:6, 1 John 4:14, John 14:6.)
We believe: Jesus is the Son of God, born of a virgin.(Matt1:18, Isaiah 7:14)
He lived a sinless life and that He performed miracles as a testimony of His deity. (John 14:11, 2Cor 5:21)
His death upon the cross was for the forgiveness of our sins. (Col 2:13-15)
He was raised from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of God. (Eph 1:20-22)
He will return for the Church who will remain with Him throughout eternity. (John 3:16, 36)
We believe: The Holy Spirit produces new life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and that He dwells in the lives of believers. (John 3:3-5, 14:26, 16:13)
The Holy Spirit empowers those who receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, either at the time of conversion or subsequent to it, to be witnesses to the life of Jesus. (Acts 1:4-8, 8:15-17, 19:1-6)
The Holy Spirit manifests Himself in the gifts of the Spirit through believers, irrespective of race, gender or age, primarily for the Church's corporate life and witness, and in the fruit of the Spirit for the believer’s walk and witness. His ministry has not changed from the beginning and is just as relevant and powerful today. (Acts 5:32, 1 Cor 12, Gal 5:22-25, Heb 13:8)
We believe the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God and is our authority for belief and behaviour. (2 Tim 3:16-17) .
The Fall of Humankind
We believe that all humankind has sinned and fallen short of God’s glory and that we can only be saved from the consequences of our sin by accepting the finished work of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. (Rom 3:23, 6:23)
We believe we are a fallen race, inherited from the fall in the Garden of Eden through the sin of Adam and Eve and that Christ came to redeem us through His sacrificial life and death on the cross. (Gen 3:8, Rom 5:12)
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, yet affirm the victory Christ won at Calvary over Satan’s influence and authority. (Eph 1:20-22, John 10:10, 1 John1:8)
We believe that water baptism (by full immersion, of a believer) is an act of obedience to the commands of Jesus. Baptism identifies the believer with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, dying to oneself and rising to new life in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38). Click here to read ‘Stepping up to Baptism’ for more information.
The Lord’s Supper / Communion
We are commanded to practice remembrance of the Lord’s Supper, for our participation in it reminds us of the death, resurrection and return of our Lord. All are welcome at the Lord’s Supper. (1 Cor 11:23-25, Heb 9:25-28)
We believe that God heals spirit, soul and body, through prayer, faith, laying on of hands and His use of health practitioners. In most services opportunity will be given for people in need of healing to receive prayer. (Luke 4:18-21, James 5:14)
We believe that God offers eternal life for everyone who believes in Jesus the Christ and eternal separation from God for those that reject Him. (John 3:16, 11:25, Rom 10:9-13)
We believe that God’s people should worship Him in spirit and in truth with freedom and liberty. Our praise and worship is contemporary and can be seen expressed in a variety of ways; Lifting of hands, singing in the spirit, dancing, joyful celebration, people weeping, others sharing visions, some speaking out prophecies and sometimes people fall under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit’s presence. Worship is not just singing but glorifying Christ in all we do. (Ps 51:10-11,17, 63:4, 126, 134;2,149;3, Joel 2:28, John 4:24, Acts 2;37, 8;17, 10:46, 19:6, Rom 12:6, Rev 1:17)
We believe forgiveness is a Gift of God through Jesus Christ and that we should not only live in the reality of that forgiveness but offer and express forgiveness to one another as we are commanded to do. (Matt 5;24, 18:15-17, Acts 2:38, 1 John1:9, James 5;16)
The Christian life is to be one full of love, love for God, love for ourselves and love for our neighbour. It is the greatest of the gifts and commandments given to us. It should be the motivation and desire behind all we do. (Lev 19:18, Matt 5:43-44, Mark 12:28-31, John 13:34,14:15, 1 Cor 13:1-13, 1 John 3:14-18, 4:8)
We believe that tithing whilst an Old testament principle is still the foundational bench mark for all giving. It is the principle of putting Christ first in all things, in our time, talents and treasure, all for the extension and building up of God’s kingdom. (Malachi 3:10-12, Matt 6:33, 2 Cor 9:6-11)
Our understanding of the Church is a local growing body of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ. (Matt 16:18, Eph 4:11-16)
Pastoral Leadership and Oversight
Pastors are a gift to the Church by Christ, called and anointed to lead and equip the church (saints) for works of ministry. Elders and deacons are selected and appointed based upon their suitability according to the qualifications listed within Scripture. The Pastors along with Elders are responsible for the spiritual oversight of the Church. The Senior Pastor is accountable to the Eldership, while any associate pastors and individual Elders are responsible to the Senior Pastor. Together they will set the vision and direction for the church, appoint deacons and congregational leaders and these recommendations will be brought to the church for their prayerful affirmation.