If you have visited other churches, you may notice some variations from this description, because we as a congregation are autonomous (independent). We are not associated with any denomination or organized religious group.
At all worship times you will find the doors always open Lakehoma Church. You will enter what we refer to as our worship center or auditorium, where you will find rows of pews for the worshippers. There are no reserved seats, so feel free to sit anywhere you choose.
One of the unique things about us is that our worship music is “a-cappella.” That is, we sing without the accompaniment of musical instruments. We simply want everyone to worship God in the purest way possible, focused on praise to our heavenly Father. (1 Corinthians 4:15; Ephesians 5:18,19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12).
We hope that you will find the singing worshipful, meaningful, and with everyone being invited to participate.
Spoken prayers are a large part of our gatherings. We believe in the power of prayer, and we often pray for specific needs and requests.
Who preaches is not as important as what is preached. Our preacher does not have a special title. Most Sundays James Waugh will preach and he likes to be called James — that is what he prefers.
He won’t be wearing any special clothing that sets him apart. He is one of us. The reason for this is our belief that all are equal in the priesthood of believers (Matthew 23:8-12; Galatians 3:26-28; I Peter 2:5,9).
The lesson will likely be from 25 to 35 minutes. We hope you find it refreshingly Bible-centered. You will find Bibles for your use in the bookracks and under the pews.
Inviting worshippers to make a commitment for Jesus will be a part of the sermon. At the close of the lesson the speaker will extend an invitation. He will encourage those who wish to respond to come to the front of the auditorium while the congregation sings. Someone will be at the front to meet and minister to any who respond.
Don’t feel ill-at-ease during this invitation. You will not be singled out in any way.
There may be several who respond, or none. Some may respond for baptism, some to confess sins, some to ask for prayer for a specific need or some to “identify” with this congregation.
If anyone responds for baptism, you will witness the baptism during the service. The baptism will be by immersion (Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3,4; Colossians 2;12) for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
The Lord’s Supper will be included in the worship service every Sunday. During this memorial, plates containing pieces of unleavened bread will be passed throughout the congregation. The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus. Each participating person will break off a piece of the bread and eat it.
Next, trays filled with small cups will be distributed. The cups will contain grape juice symbolizing the blood of Jesus (I Corinthians 11:23-25). Each participant will drink the contents of one cup.
At Lakehoma, believers are encouraged to participate in the Lord’s Supper. If you choose not to participate, don’t be embarrassed. Feel free to just pass the plate or tray to the person next to you. This Supper is the original way of remembering the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf.
How many times will you be asked for money? None. However, baskets will be passed to collect the weekly financial offering (I Corinthians 16:1,2). As our guest, you are not expected to make a donation. Feel perfectly comfortable passing the collection plate on down the row.
As a guest, nothing at all! You are welcome to participate, but don’t feel obligated to. You may just observe, if that is your choice. You are welcome to participate in any non-leadership activities, including service activities, Bible studies, and Life Groups.
As a committed follower of Jesus Christ, the New Testament church clearly expected every believer to be committed to his or her local fellowship. If you choose to commit yourself to this local body of believers and work under the oversight of this eldership, they will expect every baptized believer to…
1) Be a regular participant in our worship services (Hebrews 10:25).
2) Be “plugged into” Sunday School, where one can receive teaching, contact, fellowship, friendship, and intimacy (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
3) Be involved in a ministry or a service (Ephesians 2:10).
4) Be a good steward of the resources God has given us, and faithfully support the Lord’s work (2 Corinthians 9:7-8).
5) Participate in a Life Groups, or many of our different ministries (I Thessalonians 5:11).
6) Develop personal and spiritual disciplines in one’s life of prayer, study, giving, fasting, etc. (Galatians 6:8).
7) If you are a new member, a host family will be assigned to you during your first month to aid you in your transition. They will answer questions, but most important their job is to welcome you to our family.
You can expect to find people at Lakehoma from a broad spectrum. Like many groups, we are diverse — coming from varied backgrounds and at different stages of knowledge and spiritual growth.
We don’t know everything, but we are learning. We don’t do everything right, but we are improving. We don’t always treat each other as we should. We haven’t arrived — we’re on the journey.
We were not brought together by any illusion of our perfection or personal righteousness. We were brought together by our recognition that we are sinners in need of the cleansing blood of Jesus (Mark 2:17; Romans 5:6-9; Ephesians 1:7; I John 1:7).
We were brought together by a common goal. We want to be God’s people, organized and worshipping according to God’s plan. We want to be Christ’s church.
That’s the reason we can worship together, stick together, and with God’s help, accomplish some things that make a difference for Him.
You won’t have to look very deep to find our failures. Here at Lakehoma, you will find people who love Jesus and love the Bible. We hope you will join in our pursuit of Him and His Word this Sunday.