Lakewood Christian Center
Who We Are
"a friendly and casual service"
Here at Lakewood, we'll make sure the first face you see when you arrive has a smile on it. Whether you need childcare or are looking for a cup of coffee, a greeter will be close by to help you with what you need. And don't worry about what to wear. We're more concerned with meeting your real life needs than with what you wear. So, dress casually and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of our services.
Casual, Friendly, Progressive, Multigenerational, Down to Earth, Young families, Spirit-filled
Faith and Work, Community Service, Children's Ministry, Adult Education, Nursery
Hillsong-style, Passionate Reverent, Contemporary
Assemblies of God
What are services like?
Lakewood Christian Center Our worship is informal and spontaneous. It is based on the pattern of the Word of God. We believe that the people are the church. The building is where the body of Christ meets to unite in their worship. Below we outline who we are, why we exist and what we want to become. Our Purpose To lead people in our community to Jesus Christ and help them grow in commitment to membership, service, and leadership for the glory of God. Our Vision A New Testament church characterized by the evidence of God's presence and power that impacts Montgomery and its surrounding communities.
What if I'm not a Christian?
16 Fundamental Truths of Assemblies of God 1. WE BELIEVE...The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind. The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. 2 Timothy 3:15-17 [KJV/NIV] 1 Thessalonians 2:13 [KJV/NIV] 2 Peter 1:21 [KJV/NIV] 2. WE BELIEVE...There is only One True God–revealed in three persons...Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity). The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent "I AM," the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Deuteronomy 6:4 [KJV/NIV] Isaiah 43:10,11 [KJV/NIV] Matthew 28:19 [KJV/NIV] Luke 3:22 [KJV/NIV] 3. WE BELIEVE...In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God's son Jesus was both human and divine. The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare: His virgin birth Matthew 1:23 [KJV/NIV] Luke 1:31 [KJV/NIV] Luke 1:35 [KJV/NIV] His sinless life Hebrews 7:26 [KJV/NIV] 1 Peter 2:22 [KJV/NIV] His miracles Acts 2:22 [KJV/NIV] Acts 10:38 [KJV/NIV] His substitutionary work on the cross 1 Corinthians 15:3 [KJV/NIV] 2 Corinthians 5:21 [KJV/NIV] His bodily resurrection from the dead Matthew 28:6 [KJV/NIV] Luke 24:39 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 15:4 [KJV/NIV] His exaltation to the right hand of God Acts 1:9 [KJV/NIV] Acts 1:11 [KJV/NIV] Acts 2:33 [KJV/NIV] Philippians 2:9-11 [KJV/NIV] Hebrews 1:3 [KJV/NIV] 4. WE BELIEVE...though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin–ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world. Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness." However, man by voluntarytransgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. Genesis 1:26,27 [KJV/NIV] Genesis 2:17 [KJV/NIV] Genesis 3:6 [KJV/NIV] Romans 5:12-19 [KJV/NIV] 5. WE BELIEVE...Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through 'Salvation' (accepting Christ's offer of forgiveness for sin). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G] Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. Luke 24:47 [KJV/NIV] John 3:3 [KJV/NIV] Romans 10:13-15 [KJV/NIV] Ephesians 2:8 [KJV/NIV] Titus 2:11 [KJV/NIV] Titus 3:5-7 [KJV/NIV] The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit. The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. Romans 8:16 [KJV/NIV] Ephesians 4:24 [KJV/NIV] Titus 2:12 [KJV/NIV] 6. WE BELIEVE...and practice two ordinances—(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one's sins and receiving Christ's gift of salvation) Holy Communion (the Lord's Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's suffering and death for our salvation. The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Saviour and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. Matthew 28:19 [KJV/NIV] Mark 16:16 [KJV/NIV] Acts 10:47,48 [KJV/NIV] Romans 6:4 [KJV/NIV] The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements --bread and the fruit of the vine-- is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, a memorial of his suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined on all believers "till He come!" 2 Peter 1:4 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 11:26 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 11:26 [KJV/NIV] 7. WE BELIEVE...the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G] All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. Luke 24:49 [KJV/NIV] Acts 1:4 [KJV/NIV] Acts 1:8 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 [KJV/NIV] This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. Acts 8:12-17 [KJV/NIV] Acts 10:44-46 [KJV/NIV] Acts 11:14-16 [KJV/NIV] Acts 15:7-9 [KJV/NIV] With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as: an overflowing fullness of the Spirit, John 7:37-39 [KJV/NIV], Acts 4:8 [KJV/NIV] a deepened reverence for God, Acts 2:43 [KJV/NIV], Hebrews 12:28 [KJV/NIV] an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work, Acts 2:42 [KJV/NIV] a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost, Mark 16:20 [KJV/NIV] 8. WE BELIEVE... The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles. The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance. Acts 2:4 [KJV/NIV] The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but is different in purpose and use. 1 Corinthians 12:4-10 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 12:28 [KJV/NIV] 9. WE BELIEVE...Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christ like. Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. Romans 12:1,2 [KJV/NIV] 1 Thessalonians 5:23 [KJV/NIV] Hebrews 13:12 [KJV/NIV] The Scriptures teach a life of "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14 [KJV/NIV] By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: "Be ye holy, for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:15,16 [KJV/NIV] Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by the faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit. Romans 6:1-11 [KJV/NIV] Romans 6:13 [KJV/NIV] Romans 8:1,2 [KJV/NIV] Romans 8:13 [KJV/NIV] Galatians 2:20 [KJV/NIV] Philippians 2:12,13 [KJV/NIV] 1 Peter 1:5 [KJV/NIV] 10. WE BELIEVE...The Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe 'the Church' is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God's offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ. The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in heaven. Ephesians 1:22,23 [KJV/NIV] Ephesians 2:22 [KJV/NIV] Hebrews 12:23 [KJV/NIV] Since God's purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason for being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is: To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world. Acts 1:8 [KJV/NIV] Matthew 28:19,20 [KJV/NIV] Mark 16:15,16 [KJV/NIV] To be a corporate body in which man may worship God. 1 Corinthians 12:13 [KJV/NIV] To be a channel of God's purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. Ephesians 4:11-16 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 12:28 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 14:12 [KJV/NIV] The Assemblies of God exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason for being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This experience: Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs. Mark 16:15-20 [KJV/NIV] Acts 4:29-31 [KJV/NIV] Hebrews 2:3,4 [KJV/NIV] Adds a necessary dimension to worshipful relationship with God. 1 Corinthians 2:10-16 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 12 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 13 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 14 [KJV/NIV] Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the body of Christ Galatians 5:22-26 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 14:12 [KJV/NIV] Ephesians 4:11,12 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 12:28 [KJV/NIV] Colossians 1:29 [KJV/NIV] 11. WE BELIEVE...A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, and to build up or edify the body of believers–the Church. Evangelization of the world. Mark 16:15-20 [KJV/NIV] Worship of God. John 4:23,24 [KJV/NIV] Building a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. Ephesians 4:11-16 [KJV/NIV] 12. WE BELIEVE...Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ's atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G] Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers. Isaiah 53:4,5 [KJV/NIV] Matthew 8:16,17 [KJV/NIV] James 5:14-16 [KJV/NIV] 13. WE BELIEVE...in The Blessed Hope—When Jesus Raptures His Church Prior to His Return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G] The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the church. 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 [KJV/NIV] Romans 8:23 [KJV/NIV] Titus 2:13 [KJV/NIV] 1 Corinthians 15:51,52 [KJV/NIV] 14. WE BELIEVE...in The Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. At that time many in the nation of Israel will recognize and accept Him as the Messiah, the Savior who died for them and all mankind. The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years. Zechariah 14:5 [KJV/NIV] Matthew 24:27 [KJV/NIV] Matthew 24:30 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 1:7 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 19:11-14 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 20:1-6 [KJV/NIV] This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel, Ezekiel 37:21,22 [KJV/NIV] Zephaniah 3:19,20 [KJV/NIV] Romans 11:26,27 [KJV/NIV] and the establishment of universal peace. Isaiah 11:6-9 [KJV/NIV] Psalms 72:3-8 [KJV/NIV] Micah 4:3,4 [KJV/NIV] 15. WE BELIEVE...A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire. There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to the everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Matthew 25:46 [KJV/NIV] Mark 9:43-48 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 19:20 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 20:11-15 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 21:8 [KJV/NIV] 16. WE BELIEVE...and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. 'And so shall we forever be with the Lord!' "We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness." 2 Peter 3:13 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 21 [KJV/NIV] Revelation 22 [KJV/NIV]