Lightway is a church set on the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and grounded by the Great Commandment (Luke 10:27).
Worshipping in a weekly Sunday service
Growing in Bible Study and Training groups
Serving our community, and
Reaching people with the good news of Jesus Christ locally and via missionary partners.
be committed to each other in meaningful church membership,
take care to practice personal and family devotions,
offer hospitality to each other and their neighbour,
and spiritually care for the people God puts in their lives who don't know Christ.
1. We are Evangelical
As people of the evangel, that is, the gospel, we are rightly called Evangelicals. Our heritage bears this name out as we celebrate the proclamation, mission and social consciousness of the 18th century Evangelical Revivals. We eagerly support the heralding of the gospel in local and global contexts in our day and look forward to the multilingual celebration of Christ’s worshippers from "every tribe, tongue and nation."
2. We are Reformational
Tracing our roots to the recovery of biblical truth during the Protestant Reformation, we identify with its chief principles expressed in the following Latin slogans: Sola Fide (Faith Alone), Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Solus Christus (Christ Alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone). As such we gladly claim the broad term of ‘Reformed’ as our own, thereby expressing our commitment to these Reformation principles.
3. We are Confessional
Our faith is not new, but ancient. We stand not alone, but confess the Christian faith passed down through the centuries. The faith we confess is rooted in history, and continues to shape our history.
4. We are Congregational
Jesus reigns as Head of His church, which is not a building or place where we meet, but His people. Throughout the biblical story of redemption, God calls, rescues, and sets apart for Himself a people called out of darkness and into the light to proclaim His grace and freedom to the world (Exodus 19:6, 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10). Every Christian is given the responsibility to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel, exhibit Christ-like character, to maintain the unity of the Spirit, and to safeguard the purity of the gospel message (Ephesians 4, Galatians 1). Christ also gives to his church: elders (or pastors) to lead and shepherd the people under His authority (Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:1-3) and also deacons, servant-leaders who care for the needs of the church (Acts 6:1-6, Rom. 16:1).
5. We are Complementarian
In the beginning, “God created man in his own image… male and female he created them.” We celebrate biblical manhood and womanhood, secure in the truth that God made man and woman to be equal in value and worth, yet also for distinct and complementary roles in the home and the church. We believe that under God, all of human existence functions in a complementarity of roles.
6. We are Baptistic
The term “baptistic” simply refers to the biblical teaching about who the Church is. The Church is not a building. Christians are not an ethnic group. Rather the Church is the gathering of people who have been born from above (John 3:3,7). They believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. They follow him in faith. It is these believers who make up the Church. In obedience to their Lord they identify with him by being baptized according to his command.
Notes: This list of distinctives is adopted with permission from Calvary Grace Church of Calgary, Alberta. However, the Congregational distinctive along with the description has been added by Lightway Church. The introductory paragraph above explains the difference between “Distinctives” and our “Statement of Faith”. It is adopted from The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas