Mission and Vision
Equipping believers to cultivate relationships with those who do not know Christ.
Our vision comes from our mission. By the grace of God we believe that we will see God do this in our lives through the process of Loving, Mending, Teaching, and Sending:
- Develop an unquenchable desire for Jesus
- Walk with freedom in Christ
- Develop a love for the Word of God
- Know the Father’s love
- Be filled with the Holy Spirit
- Walk in purity
- Be used in signs and wonders
- Develop a passionate prayer life
- Be discipled to make disciples
- Uncover the next steps of our destiny
- Develop the heart of a servant
- Be mentored
- Understand and share the Gospel of Jesus, which is the Kingdom has come
The purpose of Tree of Life Church is to glorify God by recognizing Jesus as Lord of every aspect of our lives. The expression of His Lordship will be realized individually by obedience to the Word of God, heartfelt expression of worship, daily prayer and intercession, and active involvement in developing covenantal relationships with others in the Body of Christ. It is our desire to celebrate the created image of God in each individual and bring them to spiritual wholeness in Christ through implementing God’s grace in their lives through the process of Loving, Mending, Teaching, and Sending. Our purpose extends outward to our community and world to establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven and to present an example of the life of Christ in us, which is available through believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
- The Bible is the inspired Word of God
- God is triune, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
- Man fell through disobedience
- Christ died for our sins
- Salvation is by grace
- In a daily relationship with Jesus
- In water baptism by immersion
- In the regular celebration of the Lord’s Supper
- In the Baptism with the Holy Spirit
- In the gifts and fruit of the Spirit
- In divine healing
- That the second coming of Christ is both imminent and personal
- In the final judgment
- In heaven and hell
- That the Church is responsible to evangelize all the world
- In tithes and offerings to finance the work of the ministry
THE MESSAGE OF TLC IS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE, JESUS
Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior
- The first and foremost aspect of the gospel is Jesus Christ, the only hope of mankind. The salvation He brings is set forth in His inaugural address, where He quoted the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor, He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:16-19)
- Salvation is so much more than merely “getting saved” it is a decision, yes, but it involves a lifetime of being healed, being restored, being delivered from oppression, and being set free to stand in a broad place of effective ministry.
Jesus Christ, the Healer
- The symbol of modern medicine is a brazen serpent, a replica of the very one Moses lifted to stay the plague on Israel. Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to Me.” He draws us to Himself in love, then touches us with healing power. Jesus provided a double cure for a double curse. When man fell in the garden, he opened Himself up to sin and sickness. Jesus paid for our sins on the cross and took stripes for our sickness just before He was crucified.
- Isaiah looked ahead and saw the Son of God as both Savior and Healer. “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) Jesus not only fulfilled that prophecy, He continues today. “He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet saying: “He Himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses…” (Matthew 8:16, 17)
Jesus Christ, the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit
- The early Church was commanded not to attempt ministry in their own power, but to wait in the city of Jerusalem, “…until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49) Jesus’ last words to His disciples concerned power. They were given the promise of it, and the purpose of it. “You shall receive…and you shall be witness to Me…” (Acts 1:8)
- You see, Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, the All Powerful, Almighty God, confined Himself to a body when He came to earth to die for us. Yet, as He ascended to the right hand of the Father, He once again confined Himself to a body, the Body of Christ. That’s us! In baptizing us with the Holy Spirit, He permeates every fiber of our being with His Presence. He calls us to do a task, but follows through making the power available to do it.
Jesus Christ, the Soon Coming King
- He’s coming back! We live in a kingdom, a spiritual territory with well-established boundaries. Jesus Himself said, “The kingdom of God is within you.” We have been given the authority to do the Father’s business, to take charge of the affairs of the Kingdom. But one day soon, our King is returning! “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God.” (I Thessalonians 4:16) He will rule from earth and the government will be upon His shoulders.
- As if that isn’t enough to look forward to, Jesus is coming as the Bridegroom for His bride! “The dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17) He fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament concerning His first coming. Just as perfectly, He will fulfill the more than 300 New Testament references to His second coming. Our hearts echo the writer of Revelation, saying, “Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.”