When you hear the word "cause", what immediately comes to mind? Do you think of Mother Teresa, William Wallace from Braveheart, or Bono from U2?
When we think of the word, "cause", we think of Jesus in The Passion of the Christ. He came to Earth with the greatest cause of all, and then passed that cause on to us, the church. Jesus' cause can be best summarized in two Bible verses:
The Great Commandment: Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind; Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37)
The Great Commission: Go into all the world, make disciples of all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
Because of Jesus' example, Lifehouse Church has made Jesus' cause our cause:
-Reach Up: Love God with all you've got
-Reach In: Love one another and make disciples
-Reach Out: Love the lost enough to go into the world
Our desire is to align all of our efforts and resources with these purposes. These statements help determine everything Lifehouse Church chooses to do and not to do. We won't jump at every good idea. If an activity or event is not aligned with our purpose, then we don't do it. We understand there are other organizations that exist to meet those needs. Instead, we focus on our "cause".
Both corporately and individually, we exist to build passion for God in a vibrant relationship (Reach Up), to partner with one another toward Christian maturity (Reach In), and to impact our community in a manner that's culturally relevant (Reach Out).