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Welcome to Lake Tapps!

Lake Tapps is a community of people learning to live life in the way and heart of Jesus. Everyone is welcome, and nobody is perfect here.

Our mission is to equip and empower people to know God, grow in faith, and go with purpose.

We do this primarily through practical, biblical, and relatable teaching, committed relationships through community, and practicing spiritual habits and rhythms in everyday life. All of this we believe is guided by the Holy Spirit.

2023 VISON

We are eager to explore everything 2023 holds for our church and families! If we were to use only one word to describe our vision for this year, it would be GO.

This is the third part of our missions statement -to equip and empower people to KNOW God, GROW in faith, and GO with purpose.

Each year seems to be building on the next, and with all the growth we are seeing (spiritually and physical attendance), we want to be active participants in what God is doing in our community. Our salvation is for the life of the world, and we want to dive deep into exploring ways we can as a church and as individuals go into our lives and spheres of influence with purpose, for God's glory.

GO WITH PURPOSE

2021 was a year of reconnecting and reorganizing. That paved the way for 2022 where we dug deep for the sake of healthy growth. 2023 seems primed for us to go into our families, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and beyond with purpose. To be salt and light, the hands and feet of Jesus.

HOW ARE WE GOING TO ACCOMPLISH THIS?

Hebrews 10:23-24
Let's hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable. And let us consider each other for the purpose of sparking love and and good deeds.

Different ways we will equip and empower our church to go:

- Special Teaching series focused on Why Work Matters - how your job has significance, Never Alone - who is the Holy Spirit and how he empowers us, and more!

- Special resources, workshops and services designed to equip and inspire individuals to engage with God and build rhythms and habits that drive us toward living with purpose (Summary of the Bible, Bible reading plans, active challenges during the week, etc.)

- Events to serve and connect with our community (Daddy Daughter Date Night, VBS, Prairie Ridge Community Dinner)

- Special Partnership Initiatives in our community with the Bonney Lake Food Bank and more

Our Team

Jared Ellsworth

Lead Pastor and Elder

Chris Rosemann

Family Pastor

Leah Olson

Preschool Director

Mary Beth Holmes

Worship Director

Jennie Gilbert

Office Manager

Justin Schielke

Tech Director

Matt Gilbert

Elder

Curtis Pritchard

Elder

Truths We Believe

In essential beliefs, we have unity.

There is one Body and one Spirit…there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all… Ephesians 4:4-6

In non-essential beliefs, we have liberty.

Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22

In all our beliefs, we show charity.

…If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains — but have no love, I amount to nothing at all. 1 Corinthians 13:2 (Ph)

Essentials

God

The Creator and Ruler of the Universe. Eternal Father, Son and Holy Spirit in one: Trinity.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 26, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ

The son of God. Virgin-born. Sinless human life. Died on the cross for the sins of all people. Raised to life. Will come again.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13

Holy Spirit

Lives in Christians from the moment of Salvation. Convicts, leads, guides. Equips believers for service. Gives spiritual gifts.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25

Bible

God’s Word written by human authors, supernaturally guided. Source for truth. Truth without any error.

2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5

Humans

Made in the image of God to be like Him. All sin, by choice and by nature, which separates humans from God.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2

Salvation

Salvation is God’s gift to humans, purchased by the blood of Jesus, given by grace. We must receive it by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5

Assurance

Salvation is given by God through Jesus Christ. The true believer is secure in that salvation, lived out daily.

Acts 3:19; John 10:28-29; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 2 Peter 1:1

Eternity

People are made for eternity. Eternity with God through forgiveness and salvation is life, Heaven. Eternity apart from God is death, Hell. Heaven and Hell are real and eternal.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15, 1 Corinthians 2:7-9

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