We passionately believe that our Father has gifted and equipped every individual to be a part of His church. Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us 'And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some shepherds and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.' This is what APEST stands for. Learning how God has wired you and the gift He created you to be helps ground your identity so you can then fulfill your purpose! Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teachers are all needed for the church to be healthy and growing the way Jesus intended. Do you know how your wired?
Foundation is everything when it comes to building. What we chose to build our life on will make all the difference as we navigate this life and all that comes with it. Our mission statement, Love | Identity | Purpose can only become a reality when we build our life on Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11 says, 'For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have - Jesus Christ.' When we have the right foundation in place we are able to build something beautiful! Now that you have taken the APEST test, these courses help to lay a foundation for you to build upon. We take a deeper look at the history of the church, and then unpack our three-part mission statement.
Meaningful relationships don't happen on accident. They take work and commitment! Humans are designed to be in relationship with one another. It's how God has wired us. The APEST test revealed how you are wired, so we put you on a team with people wired similarly to you. Now that you have begun to lay the right foundation in your life, the team relationships help to ignite the discipleship process. This is where meaningful relationships are cultivated. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, 'So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.' Relationships that offer a safe environment for us to be real and transparent allow us to grow as a disciple of Jesus!
You soon realize that Jesus has called each of us to be part of the solution to extending His kingdom. Attending a Sunday gathering is no longer what Christianity is all about. As we continue to grow as a son/daughter of the King we have a passion stir in us that causes us to get involved. 1 John 3:17 says, 'But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?' Fulfilling your purpose requires being actively involved in extending His kingdom. There are many different ministries available to be a part of at Life Stone. This is when we collaborate with all five teams to impact our city for Him! This is when a movement begins that can't be stopped!