WHERE WE MEET
We are located at 212 West Washington Street in Lancaster, Missouri, where we’ve been gathering since 1914. (The congregation first organized in 1847!)
We’ll be there to greet you as you walk in, and show you where the coffee is!
WHEN WE MEET
On Sunday mornings join us for coffee in the southeast corner by the window.
Our worship service starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends around 11:15 a.m. We have an actual church bell, and yes, we ring it every Sunday.
Jesus And Me (JAM), for kids ages 5 to 13, meets most Wednesday nights during the school year. We serve a hot meal at 5:30 p.m., followed by classes, songs, games, and crafts that end at 7:30 p.m.
See our MINISTRIES page for more information about support groups, small groups and Bible studies.
COME AS YOU ARE
We welcome everyone. Many of us are in jeans, t-shirts and casual dress; others dress up a little.
Currently masks are optional and socially distanced seating is available.
We offer Children’s Church for ages 4 to 4th grade. The kids all meet downstairs after communion and offering time for Bible stories and activities. We offer a staffed nursery downstairs and a cry room upstairs if you need help with a little one.
Mission, Vision and Values
We show people how to follow Jesus every day.
We are a holy people who
study God’s word,
submit to God’s will, and
serve in the church and the world.
Each member participates every week
in one hour of group study,
one hour of corporate worship, and
one hour of service (in the church or to the world).
1. Biblical Authority
We hold a high view of Scripture and accept its final authority in the life and practice of the church. In matters of faith, we are unified. (Leviticus 18:4; Psalm 119:160; Luke 9:11; Acts 17:11; Romans 8:7; 10:3; 15:4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; James 4:7; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
2. Prayerful Dependence
We seek God in all things. We ask God to do His work in transforming lives by His Spirit. We also depend on God for ample resources of people, facilities, and finances to fulfill our mission and vision. (Nehemiah 1:1-2:8; Psalm 105:1-4; Matthew 6:5-13; Luke 5:16; 11:1-4; Acts 1:14; 6:4; Romans 9:16; 12:12; etc.)
3. Excellent Ministry
We do all things well to give God glory. We give God our first and our best, not our leftovers. What we do, we do well. All members are equipped for service according to the gifts God has given them. (Nehemiah 10:35; Proverbs 3:9; Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 13:20-21)
4. Growth Environments
We create healthy environments through relationships and programs to encourage and nurture holistic spiritual growth. We treat all people with love as they are made in God’s image and need redeemed by Christ’s work. (Genesis 1:26-27; Ezra 7:10; Nehemiah 8-10; Mark 12:32-34; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22-6:10; Colossians 1:9-14, 28; 3:10-17; 2 Timothy 3:14-17)
5. Kingdom Collaboration
We work with other churches and Christian organizations to accomplish our mission. We also do this to demonstrate our unity in Christ and the truth. Though we are not the only Christians, we are Christians only. (John 17:17-23; Philippians 1:27; 2:2)
What We Believe
God the Father is the Creator of the universe. God is infinite, eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-encompassing.
Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, and the Son of Man.
Jesus died for our sins, was buried, rose from the dead, and is coming back again.
The Holy Spirit is fully divine and dwells in the hearts of all believers. The Spirit equips all believers with spiritual gifts to serve others, and comforts us in all our troubles.
The Bible is the living, active, inspired Word of God – absolute in its authority, and complete in its revelation.
We are the Church, the body of Christ; church is not a building or manmade institution.
We are called to love one another, live in unity together, make more disciples,
and grow together as Christ’s followers.
Love is the way we show others who God is. Love is to remain at the core of our faith.
No book but the Bible; no creed but Christ; no name but the Divine.
Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent.
In essentials, unity; in opinions, liberty; and in all things, love.
We’re not the only Christians, but we’re Christians only.
Full Doctrinal Statement
DOCTRINAL STATEMENT OF LCC
He is the one true God. He is the Creator of all things; infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Gen 1:1, 26-27, 3:22, Ps. 90:2, Mt. 28:19, Jn 14:26, 2 Cor. 13:4, 1 Peter 1:2)
He was God in the flesh and stands at the right hand of God. He has existed eternally and was conceived on earth by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified for our sins, resurrected three days later, and later ascended into heaven where He is our Mediator and High Priest. (Mt. 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, Jn. 1:1-5, 8:58, 10:30-36, 12:45, 14:10-30, Heb. 1:3, 4:14-15, 7:3, I Cor. 15:3-4, Rom. 1:3-4)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit that Jesus gives His believers because His physical presence is no longer on Earth. We believe that each baptized believer in Jesus has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We cannot always determine how He works and when He works, but His work is a transforming work in each believer’s lives. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to each believer that makes it possible for us to carry out the work of the church. (John 14:16-19, Acts 2:36-39, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Cor. 12:4-11)
Every one of us comes into the world with a sinful nature inherited from the Fall of Adam and Eve. All of us through our sin have rebelled against God and without Him are lost. (Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 3:23)
God, in his love and mercy, sent Jesus as the ultimate atoning sacrifice for our sins, once and for all. (Ephesians 2:4-9)
Our salvation is a free gift. We can do nothing to earn it. It is only through the gift of Jesus Christ that we can find salvation. Our good works do not earn salvation. (Ephesians 2:4-9)
We accept this free gift through baptism, a baptism of water immersion. Baptism symbolizes the death of the old sinful person and the resurrection of a forgiven person set free to live for God. It is not the water or the ceremony that saves us, but we are saved through the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:36-39, Romans 6:3-4, 1 Peter 3:19-21)
As prophesied by Jesus, the Church was started on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. The church today is an extension of that early church. Jesus is the head of the church, and he calls us “His body”. Each local congregation is called to obey His command to love one another and work together just like the human body. The people of the church are led by elders and ministers. The Holy Spirit gives each person in the church unique spiritual gifts used to encourage one another and create unity.
Baptism is an important part of what it means to be a follower of Christ. We believe it is an important and necessary step in the salvation process as taught by the apostle Peter in Acts 2:36-39. We baptize by immersion, because this is what the word baptism means and this is the example seen in the Bible.
If you would like to be baptized or would like to know more about baptism, please contact our church office at 660-457-3598.