frequently asked questions

Where is your church building?

We are thrilled to have this church building here at 1006 Ogden Ave in downtown Lisle. We are located just 1 mile west of I-355 and Ogden and ¼ mile East of Rt. 53 and Ogden. Our building has long been The historic 1st Congregational Church that was originally started in Downers Grove in 1842. Yes, you read that right, 1842! Although we have no official connection to that church we honor the history and the desire of those early member who sacrificed to plant a church in DuPage county.Although we are a new church in an old building we believe God does new things in vintage spaces. We honor the continued efforts of the local church reaching out to our cities proclaiming the gospel for nearly 175 years… that’s no small thing.

Where can I get Prayer?

Prayer Ministry is offered following each service in the Sanctuary.
Prayer is at the center of all that we do as Christians. If you have something pressing on your heart and would like someone to pray with you, meet with a member of our prayer team at the front of the Sanctuary after any service. They consider it an honor to pray with you. In addition you will receive a weekly program with a connection card in it, the back of the card is available for you to write any prayer needs down, then simply place the card in the offering at the end of the service and it will be given to our prayer ministers.

Worship and a life-changing message

The weekend worship experience at The Life is comprised of two primary elements: powerful worship and a life-changing message. Our band takes us on a journey that creatively connects depth and beauty to a vibrant and energetic atmosphere. You are welcome to sing along or sit and enjoy the great music as The Life band worships Jesus. But more than just entertainment, our music is part of the way in which we prepare our hearts and minds to hear and respond to the teaching from the Bible.
Worshipping and learning in community each weekend with others is one of the best ways to re-align yourself with God. Honestly, just showing up is a great way to get moving in the right direction.

What is your children’s program like?

Life Kid’s, our children’s ministry, is available for infants through Grade 5. If you would like your child to participate in our Life Kids ministry, plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the service to get registered and allow time for you to get to your seat in sanctuary.
Please click the tab or scroll down for complete Life Kids Family Ministry information.

Where do I enter?

When you enter the church, it is best for our guests to enter through the west parking lot entrance. From there our hosts will be happy to direct you to the Café, Kids check-in or the Sanctuary.

What should I expect when I visit?

Each weekend at The Life you’ll find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with exciting, contemporary worship music mixed with some fresh takes on old hymns. The messages are practical, relevant and always life giving. You’ll also find a printed outline for notes in your program guide that will help you make the most of each week’s teaching with response action steps to apply to your life. Children are well cared for in a loving, quality Nursery/Preschool and fun-filled Elementary classes.

What should I wear?

You’ll find everything from skinny jeans to pleated pants and high heels to flats. Honestly, come in what is comfortable for you, because at The Life we’re more interested in you than what you wear.

What time do you meet on Sunday?

We have three service options for you to choose from each Sunday; at 9:00, 10:20 and 11:40 a.m. Our Sunday experience typically lasts 65 minutes.
Please plan to arrive about 10 minutes early to get your children checked in and/or grab a free cup of coffee, tea or bottled water. Our pastors would love the chance to meet you and are always in the café area before the service. Also, feel free to take your coffee with you to enjoy.

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Doctrine and Beliefs

The Life is a Non-Denominational Christian church committed to the teaching of the gospel.

Here you 
can discover what makes us move theologically. Even though our methods and 
worship styles are a mix of progressive and contemporary while integrating great hymns, our doctrines are as Bible centered as they come. We follow Jesus,
 we teach from the Bible, and we worship God as the creator and ruler of the
 universe.
Through our relationship with Christ; we are rescued, redeemed, forgiven,
 transformed, and loved. It’s our passion to share this faith and hope with the world
 and in so doing we live life to the full in Christ.

About the Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to us. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance
 of the Holy Spirit, wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs 
about living.
2 Timothy 3:16, 1:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed as: the
 Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered 
Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. 
He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and 
death.
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

The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make men aware of their need for
 Salvation. He lives in every Christ follower from the moment of belief in Christ for salvation. He
 provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and 
guidance. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they 
are saved. We seek to practice a daily dependence on Gods Spirit.
Matthew 3:11, Mark 16:17-20, Acts 1:5-8, 1 Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13, 14:16-17, Galatians 5:25, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16 Philippians 2:13, Ephesians 1:13. 5:18

Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift available to us. We can never
 make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus 
Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. 
When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved.
 Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, 1:2
Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1, 10:9-10

Sanctification

Sanctification is the ongoing process of becoming more christ-like in our lives, characterized 
by our yielding to God to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. Christ work saves us and it is also Christ’s work that sanctifies us.
I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23, II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3
Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 21:11

Communion

Also called The Lord’s Supper. This unique time of communion in the presence of God with the elements of 
bread and juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in
 remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross and celebrates our rescue by our loving Savior.
Matthew 26:26-29, 
Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48 
I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25

Baptism

Following the saving work of Jesus Christ in our lives we celebrate Baptism. Baptism is symbolic of the death, burial and
 resurrection of Christ. Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior,
 baptism is a way for us to publicly declare our new life in Christ. Baptism also allows us to follow the example of Jesus, who submitted himself
 to baptism.
Matthew 3:16-17, 28:18-20 Acts 2:38-41, 8:12 Mark 16:16

Redemption

Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his
 only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7, John 6:44, 65, Romans 5:12-21

Unity

In essentials we have unity; in non-essentials we show liberty and in all
 things, charity
Our desire it to unite the body of Christ. There are many that like to divide 
the church and pit one church against another. Our heart for The LIFE and in 
working with other churches is summed up best:
Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about
 what they think is right or wrong. Who are you to condemn someone else’s
 servants? Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the
 Lord’s help, they will stand and receive his approval. Yes, each of us will give
 a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Romans
14:1,4,12, 22
13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love
 others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift
 of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all
 knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love 
others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even 
sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have 
gained nothing.
I Corinthians 13:1-3

People

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.
 We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person 
has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of
 disobedience toward God called “sin”. Sin separates us from God and causes
 many problems in our life.
Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6a, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2

Community/Friendships

Christians are meant to experience life together in community. Christianity
 is about relationships not religion. We are connected and life is best when we are experiencing real relationships. One of the ways we are intentional about that is in Life groups. They are essential for lasting life change, and they
 provide needed care, and an atmosphere for building significant 
relationships with others. At The LIFE we encourage 100% participation in at 
least one life group.
Acts 2:44-47, Hebrews 12:23

Gifts of the Spirit

Spiritual gifts build and
 enable the church and share the gospel. All believers 
are to earnestly desire spiritual gifts functioning in their lives.
Hebrews 2:4, Romans 1:11; 12:4-8, Ephesians 4:16
2 Timothy 1:5-16; 4:14, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40
John 15:5, 1 Peter 4:10

Christ-like Conduct

Christ followers should manifest authenticity and a desire for continued growth 
and balance in every area of life. Bottom line it matters how we live life and
 conduct matters of finances, relationships, health and learning. We should seek
 to honor God in every area of life John 10:10 say’s He has come to give us LIFE
 to the FULL. That means he wants to give life to every area of your life.
Financial – Matthew 25:27, Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians
9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19
Relational – Colossians 1:20, Romans 12:18, Heb 12:14
Recreational – Mark 6:31, I Corinthians 6:19-20
Spiritual – John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Proverbs 20:27, Romans 10:9-10
Emotional & Mental – II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3, III
 John 1:2, I Corinthians 2:16

Love

God is love, and His love should permeate all we say and do and should be felt
 as a friendly, warm, and accepting environment.
Matthew 26: 36-40, John 3:16, 13:34-35

Generosity

We believe in a strong, healthy, local church with individual members stewarding 
their life, finances, spiritual gifts, and ministry for God’s greater glory. We believe
 it is our call to GIVE LIFE in every area we can make a difference. There should 
be no lack in the church when we live with open hands and hearts generously to
 God and others.
Romans 12, Philippians 2:1-4, II Corinthians 8, Malachi 3:10

Family Life

The church is to edify and assist the family unit in every way possible because 
families are a priority to God and to this church.
Duet 6:4-9, Psalm 127:1-5, Proverbs 22:6, James 1:17

Mentoring/Leadership

The church is called to equip members for all areas of life, assist in helping all to discover, develop, and deploy their vocation and lives as ministry to the Lord. All of life has purpose and is from God as part of his redemptive mission.
Ephesians 4:11-12, I Corinthians 12:28, I Peter 2:9

Missions

We believe that it is the honor of the Church to take the life giving
 message of Christ both locally and on foreign soils. Every member in the body of
 Christ can play a role in building the kingdom and taking the Good News to all
 creation, making disciples, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey everything 
that Jesus taught.
Matthew 24:14, 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, I Peter 3:15, James 1:23-25

Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated
 from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be
 eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal 
life in Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, 14:17, Romans 6:23, 8:17-18, Revelation 20:15, 1 Corinthians 2:7-9

SECOND COMING

Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)

HEAVEN

Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).

Affiliations

The Life is a Non-Denominational church that recognizes the importance of
 connecting with other life giving organizations. In addition to local Elders that lead the church, we also partner with organizations for training, development, accountability and missions work. We are big believers of Gods great Church and we are honored to play a part in that family.