about your next steps

Whether this is your first time visiting our website or you have been coming to Life Church for years, we believe every individual has a unique next step to take as they grow in their faith journey with Jesus and in relationship with other people in our church community. We are here to help you do just that!  Want to talk about your next step?  E-mail us at lifechurch@lifechurchemporia.com.  Or just email Melissa Johnson at melissa.johnson@usd253.net.

  • Meet Jesus

    WHY DOES JESUS MATTER?  Every one of us struggles to find purpose, answers, and help. Some days we just want to keep our heads above water—take care of the kids, pay the bills, and make ends meet. We all want to feel we have what it takes.But we also have deeper questions. Why am I here? Is this all there is? Who am I? What happens when I die?Jesus matters because He came to answer our deepest questions. He came to give us purpose for living now and settle the question of where we'll spend eternity. 
    JESUS BRINGS MEANING TO YOUR LIFE. God, the creator of the universe, has a plan for you and your life. He loves you and wants to help you because He made you—on purpose, with a purpose. He knows you need help. He knows you can’t do it on your own. That’s why He sent Jesus.You don’t have to measure up to some impossible religious standard to know God—you can’t, only Jesus can. Jesus brings meaning and purpose to all the struggles you’re facing. You don’t have to be good enough, clean up your act, or follow some super-spiritual checklist. 
    NOW WHAT?  If you are ready to meet Jesus, pray this prayer:"Dear Lord Jesus, I admit that I’ve fallen short. I’ve sinned and need your forgiveness. I believe that You lived, died and rose again so that I could be connected to God. I confess you as my Lord and commit my life to You. I give you my past, present and future. Take my life and use it. I give it to You. Amen."If you prayed to meet Jesus, please let us know! If you have any questions, we want to help you take a next step. Stop by the Life Church campus (1801 Graphic Arts Rd) this Sunday.  Or email us at lifechurch@lifechurchemporia.com.

  • Grow Class

    Grow Class is a class that is offered occasionally on Sunday mornings that will equip new believers and those who are seeking to build a solid foundation as a follower of Christ. If you are considering this class as a next step, please click here to see when the next class is being offered. 

  • Read the bible

    READING YOUR BIBLE  The Bible tells us the truth of who God is. If you want to know more about God and His promises, reading the Bible is your next step.
    JUST A FEW MINUTES A DAY  You can spare that, right? Reading the Bible for just 10 minutes a day can change the rest of your days. It will bring you hope, encouragement, guidance, and practical advice on the every day issues you’re facing. The Bible is relevant to everyone, everywhere, at any time.  
    ALL SCRIPTURE IS GOD BREATHED  (2 Timothy 3:16)  You can’t have a close relationship with someone you never talk to. It’s impossible. God’s word—the Bible—is the primary way He speaks to us. And it’s the absolute best way to discover how to follow Jesus on a daily basis. If you want to know more about God and His promises, reading the Bible is your next step.
    WHERE DO I START?  The Bible can seem pretty intimidating.  But a great place to start is the book of John in the New Testament. John displays the life of Jesus and His purpose for us in such a simple way.

  • baptism

    WHAT IS BAPTISM?  Baptism is going public about your faith in Jesus and communicating to the world your heart-felt commitment to following Him. It's the next step after salvation. It is an outward sign of an inward commitment. Baptism doesn't save a person. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34). Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21) The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!  
    WHY SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED? Why does baptism matter?  Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9). Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).
    WHEN'S THE BEST TIME TO BE BAPTIZED?  For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12). 
    DOES LIFE CHURCH BAPTIZE CHILDREN?  Yes, if they are ready.  If your child has already asked Jesus into his/her life, explain what baptism is and what it means. Here are some suggestions and places to point to in their Bible:  1.  Now that you’ve committed to following Jesus, you need to let others know by getting baptized. (Mark 16:16)  2. Baptism takes place in the water. It’s a picture of what Jesus did when He took the punishment for you sins. When you go under the water, it shows people that you believe Jesus died for you. When you come out of the water, you show others that you believe God brought Jesus back to life. (Romans 6:4)  3. Getting saved and then baptized doesn’t mean your life will be perfect. There will be times when you will sin and make wrong choices. When this happens, pray and ask Jesus to forgive you. Jesus took the punishment for all our sin. That means even though you will sin again, you don’t need to be saved or baptized again. (1 Peter 3:18)  4.  You can continue following Jesus day by day by reading the Bible, doing what Jesus says and praying every day. (Psalm 1:2)

  • Life groups

    Life Groups provide a place for connection and belonging in a smaller atmosphere. We have both interest (i.e.- a basketball group) and growth (i.e.- men's group on Saturday morning) groups. If you think that getting connected to other Christians might be your next step we encourage you to check out our "Life Groups" page under "Ministries" on our homepage for more information.  

  • discover your gifts - mosaic fit class

    At Life Church we believe that every member is a minister and we know that God has a master plan for all involved. The Bible gives us some pretty clear directives about the value of each person in God’s master artistry.  We like to call it . . . BEING IN GOD’S MOSAIC.  Every piece in His mosaic has a unique shape, size, color, texture, and design.  We all have different spiritual gifts, experiences, hurts, victories, talents and passions.  In fact, being in God’s mosaic is understanding that Christ has redeemed us and has handpicked us and is wanting to place us in His work of art.  Mosaic ministry is ministering out of who God has made us to be.  And if one piece is missing then God, the Master Artist, isn’t satisfied and the mosaic isn’t complete.  That’s why you are so important to God and to us.  We believe that you have a mission here at Life Church.  But how do you discover your mosaic function in God’s artistry?  That’s part of the reason that we exist as a church.  We want to help you discover and tap into your full potential. If you would like to get started on that discovery. Click here.

    1. Who Am I?  
    2. What does God think of me?
    3. What is my mosaic function (ministry)?

    Remember, God has an awesome plan for your life!  And we want to help you discover it!

  • volunteer - Join "teamlife" 

    SERVING CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. The Bible makes it very clear that every person who follows Christ is a minister. In fact, saved people serve other people.  Each week at Life Church, well over one-hundred people just like you give their time to serve. Whether it’s helping kids learn about Jesus on their level at LC Kids, greeting first-time guests, or helping create stage design for sermon series', every volunteer is making a difference at Life Church! We know you’re busy, and a million things are competing for your time. But we also know you’ll meet new friends and grow in your relationship with Jesus when you start serving. There’s a serving opportunity that suits your personality and availability. Take a look at a few of our ministries, and sign up to get more information!  Fill out a "teamLIFE" Application. 
    IS THERE A PROCESS FOR GETTING INVOLVED?  At Life Church we believe in a simple process to bring people into ministry.  One of the things that helps make Life Church a safe place to attend and to serve is we ask new people to go through this simple process:
                1.   Attend 3 months before getting involved.  
                2.  Attend "LC Get To Know".  
                3.  Fill out "teamLIFE" volunteer application if you didn't get the process

                     kicked off by doing this to begin with. (background checks included)
                4.  Screening (only for those ministries involving kids)
                5.  Ministry placement.  

  • generosity

    YOU CAN'T OUTGIVE GOD. The Bible says in (Matthew 6:24) that the top competitor for our commitment to Jesus is money. Giving allows us to demonstrate that He is more important to us than material things. There is no organization with more potential to change the world than the local church!
    WHY BE GENEROUS?  We believe in a God who initiated generosity towards humanity through Jesus Christ. Generosity, whether it’s through finances, service or time is most valuable when it’s put to work helping people. As individuals and as the church, it is our privilege to give generously to people in need; locally, regionally, nationally, and abroad.
    WHAT IS TITHING?  A tithe—which just means “tenth”—is defined as the first 10% of a person’s income before taxes or anything else comes out. The Bible says we can take the promises of God to the bank. When we bring our first and best back to God, He promises to bless the rest. We can’t outgive God. We know tithing is a huge step of obedience, but you’re not in this alone!  God has your back when you tithe.
    OTHER WAYS TO GIVE  There are plenty other things to give to above and beyond the tithe.  When we give to ministries, missionaries, or even the poor, it is a discipline that helps us fight our own "greed for more stuff".  Again, you can never outgive God!  
    MAYBE YOUR NEXT STEP IS GIVING  You can give an offereing to the Lord weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. The big thing is that the tithe is to be taken right off of the top.  In other words, it's the first thing that you do after you get paid. This goes along with a principle in scripture called "first-fruits".  In other word, putting God first isn't just talk.  It's putting your faith and trust in God to make your 90% (that you have left after giving) go further than your 100% would ever go, without God.  It is an amazing principle that we've seen God do in people's lives time and time again.  

  • missions

    LIFE CHURCH AND MISSIONS  We are passionate about showing you who Jesus is. Whether it is in our own neighborhood or across the globe, we can tangibly express God’s love for humanity through regular missions giving and missions trips.
    FAITH PROMISE MISSIONS GIVING  We love to give to our missionaries.  Every single year, Life Church faithfully supports, through people's FAITH PROMISE GIVING, several missionaries who are currently on the field.  Every year we reimphasize missions giving to our people and encourage them to pray about an amount to personally give for the year, encouraging them to pray and ask God what He might do "by faith" through their own giving.  This type of giving is taught in (2 Cor 8:9) where Paul shares the inspiring testimony of sacrificial faith giving by the Macedonian Churches.  He is careful to emphasize that they gave in two ways:  "according to their ability" and "beyond their ability".  Giving "according to your ability" may involve sacrifice or it may not.  But when you give "beyond your ability", God has to be personally involved in your finances, because if He puts an amount in your heart that is above and beyond what you have, it will require faith to obtain that amount to be given.  So making a faith promise is a sacred act, a spiritual agreement between you and God.  He will guide you in your decision and bless you for your commitment.  That's the spirit of "Each one must do what he has purposed in his heart..." that Paul talks about in (2 Cor 9:7).  
    FAITH PROMISE VS. TITHING  A faith promise is not your tithe or a portion of your tithe.  Your tithe, the first tenth of your income, is the Lord's and belongs in your local church.  A faith promise is an agreement between you and God about how much you will believe for God to provide for you to give toward missions.  
    WHO CAN MAKE A FAITH PROMISE?  Every family can make a faith promise, or each member (even children) can make individual faith promises.
    WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO MAKE A LARGE FAITH PROMISE?  No amount is too small.  God honors and uses our obedience more than the amount of our giving.  Limited income should not prevent anyone from making a faith promise. Jesus said that the widow who gave just a "mite" in the offering gave more than all the others because she gave all she had.
    WHY SHOULD I FILL OUT A FAITH PROMISE CARD?  When members of a congregation make faith promise commitments, church leaders are able to determine how much the church can commit to support missions.
    WHO WILL KNOW WHAT MY FAITH PROMISE COMMITMENT IS?  Only those who supervise missions funds will see your commitment.  If faith promises are totaled publicly, amounts may be read, but names will not be announced.
    DO I RENEW A FAITH PROMISE COMMITMENT EACH YEAR?  Yes.  Each faith promise is made for a specific period of time.  At Life Church we do it once a year.  
    WHEN SHOULD I GIVE MY FAITH PROMISE?  Some will give each week, others biweekly or monthly.  People often give their faith promises along with their pay schedule.  
    GOING ON MISSIONS TRIPS  Each year Life Church goes on missions trips.  In the last 10 years we have been to several different places, including Louisiana (Katrina), Chicago, Mexico, and Bogota Columbia,  Maybe God could use you as you commit yourself to a week of missions.  If you would like to know more information about a missions trip, please talk with Tom Stewart at church.