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Our Vision

The Lighthouse Church takes responsibility for creating a better tomorrow than today by assisting in the continual improvement of the world in which we operate through spiritual application and human stewardship.

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Our Mission

The Lighthouse Church is committed to equipping people throughout the world: helping them realize their full potential in spite of the fatigue that life presents.

LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH - CORE VALUES

“How you do anything, is how you do everything.”

PASTOR Keion Henderson

Every organization has a unique selling proposition and competitive advantage that makes them different from others. At Lighthouse, this is what the 5 A’s represents. They are more than what we say, they are what we plan, live and stand by. These are our core values and they form an integral part of our personal, cooperate and spiritual culture.

They are:

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Anticipation

What We Expect!
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Atmosphere

Who We Create!
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Acceptance

What We Give!
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Authenticity

What We Become!
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Action

What We Do!

We have synthesized the 5 A’s into this statement:

We are moving towards greater,
Turning away no one,
Expanding every person,
Setting a great atmosphere,
Accepting others through love,
Being authentic to who we are,
Anticipating the presence of God in every experience.
This is our call to action.

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Anticipation - What We Expect!

We believe in ANTICIPATING a fresh move of God in every experience

Anticipation is the eager expectation and desire of God’s manifestation in our lives. It is an expression of faith that enables us to prepare and get ready for what God is about to do. Hebrews 11:1 says that ‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ This means that anticipation is the foundation for creation and manifestation. Everything we see today was a substance of anticipation – things hoped for.

Anticipation is synonymous with hope, which is the confident expectation about the future and this is the basis for the supernatural. We can only create, attract, manage and prefect what we expect and anticipate not just in our services but in our daily lives. Proverbs 23:18 God’s Word Translation (GW) says, “There is indeed a future, and your hope will never be cut off.” The future belongs to those who anticipate. You cannot participate in what you don’t anticipate. Noah anticipate the flood 

and the rains came. Elijah anticipated rains and asked the servant to look at the sky.

The word, ‘anticipate’ comes from a Latin word ‘anticipare’, which meant to ‘take care of ahead of time’ or literally, ‘taking into possession beforehand’. This means that anticipation is more than a service experience, it also a daily posture and mindset of being proactive, innovative and strategic about changing trends, data, systems, and ideas. Anticipation is learning continuously from the past, in order to live proactively in the present, so we can lead effectively in the future. Romans 8:19, “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.” We are not the only ones in anticipation, the earth is in anticipation as well.

Why Anticipation?

  1. It sets the stage for the supernatural to occur in our lives. Acts 3:4-6 (NKJV), “And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
  2. It is an expression of faith ad confidence in God. I Kings 18: 43-44 (NLT), “Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.” The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.” Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. 44 Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.”
  3. It positions us to be innovative, flexible and prepared for future changes. Proverbs 6:6-8, “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.”
  4. It keeps us alert and vigilant against temptations. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
  5. It keeps us prepared for Christs return. Matthew 24:42-44 says, “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.”

How do we Anticipate?

  1. Upward Expectation – We should always approach God with great expectations, not just in our weekly services but in our daily lives. Ephesians 3:20 Living Bible (TLB), Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.
  2. Inward preparation – We must have the right heart posture when anticipating a move of God. This includes praying and fasting, confession of sins, aligning our thoughts/will to God’s word. Joshua 3:5 (NASB), “Then Joshua said to the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.”
  3. Outward observation – We learn to be proactive and innovative as Christians by observing and integrating different trends, methods and systems. Jeremiah 1:9 – 12 (NIV), The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. 12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching[a] to see that my word is fulfilled.”
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Atmosphere - What We Create!

We believe in setting the right ATMOSPHERE

Creating the right atmosphere means cultivating an environment that is conducive to the move of God. It is not enough to anticipate a move of God, we must create the atmosphere for God to move. Before God made man, He created an environment conducive for man to live. For anything to grow in a healthy way, it requires a particular atmosphere and environment. For example, children in the womb need the right environment to develop, seeds planted in soil need the right combination of water, sun and nutrients to grow and fish in the ocean need the water at the right pH level to survive.

Even though God is omnipresent, we can feel His manifest presence, when we cultivate the right environment and make adequate preparations. Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” It is God’s desire to fellowship and relate with us. However, we must learn how to cultivate the right atmosphere for 

God to move and manifest.

The Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3). The word inhabits means He feels welcome and comfortable enough to abide in an atmosphere filled with praise and worship. God desires an atmosphere thriving in unity, excellence, hope, and love; people are attracted to this type of atmosphere.

There are two types of atmospheres we must be aware of;

  • Physical atmosphere which we can see, smell, hear, touch, and taste.
  • Spiritual atmosphere which is more real than the physical. Ephesians 6:12, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Note - Both the physical and spiritual atmospheres are important. People often are drawn by the physical environment, then they are transformed by the spiritual atmosphere and presence of God.

Why atmosphere?

  1. It is a spiritual principle: The right atmosphere determines health and growth. In Genesis, God created soil before plants, the sky before birds, the water before the fish. Genesis 2:2, “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”
  2. God responds and intervenes in the right atmosphere: Acts 16:25-26, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone's chains came loose.”
  3. It is God’s desire: Exodus 25: 6 says, “And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell.”
  4. We live in a sensual world: I Kings 10:4-5, “When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon, the palace he had built, the food at his table, the seating of his servants, the service and attire of his attendants and cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he presented at the house of the LORD, it took her breath away.”
  5. It is a requirement for the supernatural life: Exodus 33: 15, “Then Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”

How do we set the right atmosphere?

Setting the right atmosphere is both a cooperate and personal responsibility. This is because what you do not do personally, you cannot perfect publicly.

  1. Praise and worship - Psalm 100:4, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”
  2. Reading the word - John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  3. Prayers and fasting – James 5:16, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Acts 2:31, “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”
  4. Meditation and confession - Joshua 1:8, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
  5. Expectation – Psalms 62:5, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation [is] from him.”
  6. Preparation – Mark 14:12, “On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, Jesus' disciples asked him, "Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover meal?"

Hinderances to the right atmosphere

  1. Worry and anxiety – Luke 12:22-23, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.”
  2. The flesh – Romans 8:5-7, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.”
  3. Sin – Isaiah 59:2, “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”
  4. Lack of planning and preparation – Luke 14:28, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”
  5. Guilt and condemnation – Revelation 12:10, “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.”
  6. Bitterness & unforgiveness – Hebrews 12:15, “Be careful that no one falls short of the grace of God, so that no root of bitterness will spring up to cause trouble and defile many.”
  7. Division and disunity – Mark 3:24-25, Jesus tells us why unity is so important. He declared, “If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
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ACCEPTANCE - What we give!

We believe in ACCEPTING others through love

Jesus accepted everyone regardless of who they were, where they were from or what they did, and we accept everyone as well. We live in a world where there is a lot of preference, division, negativity, hopelessness, condemnation and rejection and the goodness of Jesus cannot be preached without accepting people through the eyes of unconditional love. Jesus did not die for church people. Jesus died for the world. He died for everyone. Salvation does not have an exclusive club membership. It is free to all and free for all. Just like Jesus, we accept everyone and turn no one away. Our job is not to change people. Our job is to accept people. John 8:11 says, “Then Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, Lord,” she answered. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Now go and sin no more.”

However, it is important to note that acceptance is not approval or endorsement. While we may accept the sinner, we do not endorse or condone the sin or lifestyle. We are the hands and feet of Jesus. Our job is to accept people the way they are, and it is God’s job to transform them through the power of His word. Apostle Paul says in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Why Acceptance?

  1. It is a command – Romans 15:7, "Accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory." John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
  2. Jesus accepted everyone – 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.”
  3. You cannot reach people you do not accept – 1 Corinthians 9: 22-23, “to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.”
  4. We are all flawed, and no one is prefect – Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
  5. We are more like God when we love and accept people – I John 4:7, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”

How do we accept people?

  1. See people through the eyes of Jesus (WWJD – what would Jesus do) – John 8:11, “Then Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, Lord,” she answered. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Now go and sin no more.””
  2. Understand that everyone is not like you – Romans 12:5-6, “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and not all members have the same function, so in Christ we who are many are one body, and each member belongs to one another.”
  3. Don’t focus on changing people, that is God’s job – Philippians 2:13, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
  4. Pray for people – Luke 22:31, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith will not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” You cannot condemn and criticize whoever you pray for.
  5. Grow in love – I Cor. 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
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AUTHENTICITY -  What we become!

We believe in being AUTHENTIC to who we are

We do not believe in perfection since no one is perfect. However, we believe in the process of becoming more like Jesus. Becoming authentic is not a destination, is a daily process of recognizing your weakness/limitations and embracing God’s grace. The word "authentic" is from the root word author. It also means to be "true to one's personality, spirit, or character” and "made to be or look just like an original." This means becoming authentic means becoming more like Jesus, who is our Author.

We live in a very superficial, insincere and artificial world, and this has gradually crept into the church. Authentic worshippers are gradually becoming extinct and non-existent. John 4:23, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” God wants real and broken worshippers, not perfect worshippers. Psalm 26:4 says, “I do not sit with deceitful men, nor will I go 

with pretenders.”

The most effective people are authentic people. For example, Apostle Paul was mightily used by God but he was very authentic and transparent. He said in I Cor 2:3, “I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.” God uses real and authentic people because they depend on the grace of God. In Luke 22:42 Jesus said, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." Authentic people are not ashamed to tell God about their weakness because they understand His greatness. You can only overcome your weakness, when you understand God’s grace and greatness.

Why Authenticity?

  1. It is the Fathers desire - John 4:23, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God wants real worshippers, not perfect worshippers.”
  2. It makes us more God-centered. It changes the focus from having things to becoming more like God because authenticity is not what you have, it is what you become. 1 Cor. 2:2, “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
  3. Real power can only be released when we are authentic – 2 Cor. 12:9, “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
  4. God only blesses who you are, not who you pretend to be – Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
  5. Not being authentic is dangerous - Luke 12:1-3 (MSG), “Watch yourselves carefully so you don’t get contaminated with Pharisee yeast, Pharisee phoniness. You can’t keep your true self hidden forever; before long you’ll be exposed. You can’t hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known. You can’t whisper one thing in private and preach the opposite in public; the day’s coming when those whispers will be repeated all over town.”
  6. It is a proof of our love for God – Romans 12:9-10, “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other.”

How to be authentic?

  1. Know God more to know yourself more – 2 Cor. 3:18, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
  2. Embrace your uniqueness – Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
  3. Live a life of humility – 1 Cor. 15:10, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
  4. Be sincere and transparent with God – Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
  5. Do not condemn yourself when you make mistakes – Proverbs 24:16, “for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again…”
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ACTION - What we do!

We believe we are called to take ACTION

Action is a part of our walk with God. God expects us to act on the word. Sometimes the only difference between where you are and where you want to be is action. It is not enough to hear the word, read the word or speak the word. You must act on what you have read to see the desired results. James 2:26 says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” The Bible likens faith to the body, and our work and actions to the spirit. It is the spirit that gives life, so we should not except a reaction, until we have put the revelation of God’s word into action.

It is true that faith comes by hearing, but hearing is not enough. James 1:22-25 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Lack of action is the worst form of spiritual deception. Action requires faith in God and total confidence in His word to see great things accomplished in your life, the church and for the kingdom.

It is often said that actions speak louder than words. This means people see and believe what you do more than when you say. This is a very important principle and we see it exemplified in the life of Jesus. Acts 1:1, “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach.” Jesus did not start with teaching, He started with doing first.

Two aspects of action

  1. Our actions towards people: God expects us to act in a Godly manner with people. Eph. 4:32, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” 1 John 4:20, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
  2. Our actions (or response) to God and His instructions – God expects us to take responsibility to live out the word of God. All through scripture, whenever God gives a promise or a prophecy, there is a proactive response on our part to act on His word. Proverbs 4:10 (NLT), “My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life.” Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you[c] shall meditate in it day and night, that you may OBSERVE TO DO according to all that is written in it.”

Why Action?

  1. It is a spiritual principle – James 2:26 says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
  2. It is a sign of faith and total confidence – Matthew 12:13, “Then he (Jesus) said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.”
  3. It is part of the great commission – Matthew 28:19-20, “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, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.”
  4. Your action can change people’s life – Mark 2:4-5, “Since they were unable to get to Jesus through the crowd, they uncovered the roof above Him, made an opening, and lowered the paralytic on his mat. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

How do you take action?

The best way to take action, is to start taking action. Start taking steps from where you are to where you want to be.

  1. Esther 4:14, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
  2. Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.”
    Col. 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being, for the Lord and not for men.”

In Summary

We always ANTICIPATE a move of God in every experience, so we constantly
set a great ATMOSPHERE, and we ACCEPT everyone through love. We believe
the best way to impact people is by being AUTHENTIC to who we are and by
taking ACTION to move everyone towards greater.