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


    Did you read about the woman who dropped her income tax return in the wrong box? She was visiting in a hospital at the time. She thought it was a mail box, but it turned out to be a suggestion box, and by the time the suggestion box was opened, her income tax return was many months overdue. The Internal Revenue Service, though very sympathetic, had to rule she was delinquent in paying her taxes and must pay the penalty. The woman was sincere, but she was sincerely wrong. She wanted to do the right thing, but didn’t. 


    A lot of people make a similar mistake about religion. They put their faith in the wrong place. They may be very sincere, but unless they do the right thing, they may pay a fearful penalty. Don’t accept the opinion of men on this important subject. If you are wondering, “How can I be saved?” go to the highest possible authority (the Bible) and get the answer that God has written in its sacred pages. 


    Open your Bible to (Romans 10:13) and you will find these wonderful words: “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Does that sound too simple? Do you wish to look further in order to be sure there’s no mistake? All right, turn to (Joel 2:32) and you will find these words: “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered.” Almost the identical words! In order to be quite sure, turn to the second chapter of Acts and read what Peter said, verse 21: “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Surely the fact that this statement appears three times in the Bible means it’s very important. There are four things about this inspired statement that you should notice. First of all, salvation is necessary. You need to be saved. That fact is clearly taught throughout the Bible. It says, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Man in his natural condition is alienated from God. He is a sinner by nature and by practice. He may be a refined sinner-very cultured, decent, and respectable-yet he is a sinner. He must receive forgiveness and cleansing and a new nature in order to be fit for heaven. This is true of every person in the world, even good people. It was to a very religious man that Jesus said, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). In the second place, you should notice that it’s our Lord Jesus Christ who saves men. He bore our sins in His own body on the cross, the Bible says (1 Peter 2:24). “Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3). No man can save his own soul. Neither can one man save another’s soul. As the poet put it: “There was no other good enough To pay the price of sin; He only could unlock the gate Of heau’n, and let us in;” The third thing to notice in the text is the simplicity of salvation. Even a child can understand it. All you need to do is “call on the name of the Lord.” Do you remember reading about that night when Jesus was walking on the water, and Peter started doing the same, but suddenly he began to sink? Peter didn’t have time to make a long prayer. He just had time to cry out; “Lord, save me,” but that was enough. The Bible says that “Jesus stretched forth his hand and took hold of him.” 


    He will do the same for you. Of course, there must be faith in your heart. You must believe these things that you have been reading; namely, that you need to be saved, and that only Christ can save you. Furthermore, you must believe that He will save you. Jesus said, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). You must take action. You must call upon Him. There is a swinging footbridge over a creek not far from Springfield, Missouri. In dry weather there’s no water in the creek, and some people prefer to go down to the creek bed to get across, rather than traverse the unsteady bridge. Others, particularly the young, think it’s fun to use the tilting structure which sways first one way and then another with every step they take. But when the creek is full, the only safe way to cross is to take the bridge, nervous though some may be about using it. Whether they have much faith in the bridge, or only a little faith, it will take them across if they will walk on it, for it’s quite strong. That’s the way it is with salvation. Christ is ‘the Bridge', but you must step out in faith and put your dependence in Him in order to reach heaven. You may say, “But I don’t have enough faith.” Why? Don’t you think He can save you? You don’t need a great amount of faith-just enough to call on Him in prayer and to believe that when you ask Him for salvation He gives it to you as He says He will. Finally you need to notice that wonderful word whosoever. That means everyone; old or young, rich or poor, educated or uneducated-everyone. It means you. No matter where you are, or what you have done, or how weak you feel, you can be saved by calling upon the name of the Lord. He knows all about you. He loves you and desires to save you. He can transform your life if you will let Him do it. Call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ this moment and you will be saved instantly. You will have the joy of salvation in this life, and an eternal home in heaven. Remember what the Bible says: “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

    WOULD YOU LIKE TO PRAY AND ASK CHRIST TO BE THE LORD OF YOUR LIFE?  (Here's an example of a prayer that you can pray)

    "Dear God, I thank you that you see me just as I am. I know I’ve sinned and have been away from You. I ask Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior today. I believe that He died for me and I believe that He rose again. I give you every part of me now. Please forgive me of my sins. Be my God. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name, 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 you are welcome to 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


    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.


    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.  


    (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.


    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


    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 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).


    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). 


    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  and growth 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" 


    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. 


    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


    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!


    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.


    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.


    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!  


    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


    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.


    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. 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).  


    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.


    Every family can make a faith promise, or each member (even children) can make individual faith promises.


    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.


    When members of a congregation make faith promise commitments, church leaders are able to determine how much the church can commit to support missions.


    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.


    Yes. Each faith promise is made for a specific period of time. At Life Church we do it once a year. 


    Some will give each week, others biweekly or monthly. People often give their faith promises along with their pay schedule.  


    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.