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Discern together God's will for LHUMC

Thank you for participating in the discernment process at Lake Highlands United Methodist Church as together we yearn for God’s will regarding our connection with the UMC. We hope the information provided will help inform you, challenge you, and grow you regarding the issues that divide the church regarding interpretation of Scripture and application of the Book of Discipline regarding human sexuality, marriage, and requirements of ordained clergy. Just as Jacob wrestled with God, (Genesis 32:24-30), we are certain that regardless of our discernment outcome, our congregation will be blessed for undertaking the process. 

Thank you for taking the time to read, learn, and gather information as you pray about the future of our church. Check back weekly as information may be updated along the journey. 

LHUMC MISSION

Our mission at Lake Highlands United Methodist Church is to transform the people of Lake Highlands and beyond, by Connecting through the love of Christ, Deepening relationships with Christ, and Serving with the heart of Christ.

CORE VALUES

LHUMC is...

 

A CHRIST-CENTERED CHURCH

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

We believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God who overcame the power of death when he died on the Cross and rose from the grave for our salvation.

A DISCIPLE MAKING CHURCH

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

We are committed to making disciples in Lake Highlands and beyond by living life on mission with God in the power of the Holy Spirit through sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in words and deeds.

A BIBLICALLY SHAPED CHURCH

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing, and perfect will.

Believing that all Scripture is God-breathed and authoritative for our lives, the Word transforms our community through Bible-centered teaching that equips disciples to share the Word of Christ.

A COMPASSIONATE CHURCH

Matthew 25:35-40 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothes me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me”...The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

1 Thessalonians 2:13 And we also thank God continually because when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.

We believe we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in Lake Highlands and beyond, reaching others through ministries of compassion, mercy, justice and healing.

A PRAYING CHURCH

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

We put our trust in God, believing he is the God of the impossible who reveals His power to make a way where this is no way, the God of miracles who also loves to encourage us in prayer.

A MULTI-GENERATIONAL CHURCH

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Acts 2:17-18 “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”

We are committed to reaching and training all generations of disciples of Jesus Christ through effective multi-generational ministry.

A CHURCH OF FELLOWSHIP

Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Ephesians 4:15 Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

We are a community of Christ followers in fellowship together for worship, prayer, learning, growing, loving, sharing life, and serving together as we carry each other’s burdens through the power of the Holy Spirit.

A WESLEYAN CHURCH

Romans 10:12-13 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved".

Ephesians 4:15 Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

We are a community of Christ followers in fellowship together for worship, prayer, learning, growing, loving, sharing life, and serving together as we carry each other’s burdens through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Fundamental Beliefs and History

APOSTLES CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth;

 

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, dead, and buried;

the third day he rose from the dead;

he ascended into heaven,

and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.    

The information contained on the website is for informational purposes only and represents a good faith effort by the LHUMC Discernment Task Force to educate and inform our congregation on the full range of perspectives regarding the current issues facing the UMC and their impact on the future of our church. The inclusion of any links herein does not imply a recommendation or endorsement of the views expressed within them by the Task Force, and we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness or factual accuracy of any opinions/information presented. We encourage the congregation to prayerfully consider all information disseminated, independently verify any information upon which you rely, and seek out truthful information on your own such that if the time comes, you will be able to make a decision on disaffiliation or not based upon your own informed heart and mind.