Values are principles that underpin our belief system and the building blocks that help us fulfill the Vision the Father has entrusted to us. They are how we do things in the life of the church. These Values are what make the Lighthouse unique.
We have divided our values into two categories.
Core Values – This set of values are foundational, unconditional principles to the Lighthouse.
Functional Values – Those building blocks that help us fulfill God’s vision for the Lighthouse.
- The Word
- Water Baptism
- Holy Spirit Baptism
- The Trinity
- The Kingdom of God
The Word of God is an essential part of the christian walk for any Christ Follower. It is what guides, corrects, approves and builds into a believers life. We read it, apply it and live by it. For it is given by God for our benefit. We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments in their original writing as fully inspired of God and accept them as the final authority for faith and life.
Psalm 119:105 (NLT) Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
Jesus was baptised in water at the beginning of His ministry. He commanded us to baptise others as they become followers of Jesus Christ. It is the outward expression of what has happened inside when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. When we are brought under the water it represents us “dying” with Jesus, and when we are brought up and out of the water it resembles us rising to a new life in Jesus.
Acts 19:5 (NASB) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
We live this Christ life with the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guides us and empowers us in our daily Christian walk.
Acts 2:4 (AMP) And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit kept giving them clear and loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words].”
We have a creative God who spoke everything around us into being. He saw the colours of the night sky, the variety of life, the intricacies of DNA and it was created. When we worship this wonderful Creator, how can we not also be creative and expressive in our love for Him. For when we worship Him in complete abandonment of who we are, He is well pleased.
Revelations 15:4 (NLT) Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before You, for Your righteous deeds have been revealed.”
We believe in the One Triune God eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, the Father, was revealed through the Old Testament Scriptures, we see God, the Son, (Jesus the Christ) revealed through the Gospels and we are experiencing God, the Holy Spirit, today as much as He is revealed throughout Scripture and in Acts.
Matthew 28:19 (ESV) … in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
Werner Dercksen – The Kingdom 1
Barry Nesbitt – The Kingdom 2
Michael Eaton – The Kingdom 3
Bruce McAlpine – The Kingdom 4
Bruce McAlpine – The Kingdom 5
Bruce McAlpine – The Kingdom 6
Bruce McAlpine – The Kingdom 7 – The Kingdom coming in and through our livesWe are part of God’s kingdom and want to see His reign and rule extended in our communities, cities and the nations. We anticipate the complete fulfillment of His Kingdom reign when Jesus returns.
Revelations 11:15 (AMP) … The dominion (kingdom, sovereignty, rule) of the world has now come into the possession and become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ (the Messiah), and He shall reign forever and ever (for the eternities of the eternities)!”
Barry Nesbitt – Team 1
Barry Nesbitt – Team 2God created the church to be a functioning body. We function as a body when we work together as a team. Team brings people from different backgrounds together, adding multiple gifts and dimensions to the tasks at hand. The results of teamwork are amazing. At The Lighthouse we value working together in team.
Gen 11:6 (NIV) The LORD said , “ If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.”
Werner Dercksen – City Heart 1
Thabani Mpofu – City Heart 2
Bruce McAlpine – City Heart 3
We as a church are called to this great city of Johannesburg that we live and work in.
God asked Jonah (Jonah 4:11 NIV) ” … Should I not be concerned about that great city?” If God’s heart beats for this city, shouldn’t our hearts as His people also beat in sync with His? Our evangelistic mandate is to Seek and Save the lost.”
We believe that the need for mission exist because Worship of God does not. There is a definite need for people to be exposed to this awesome God that we serve, in order to experience the life-giving, life-changing reality of His Kingdom.
The only way that they can experience this is through the local church. We desire to train, equip and release leaders who will bring this life-giving and life-changing local church to them.
Isaiah 61:3 (NIV)… They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”
We are very blessed and proud to have testimony when it comes to our value of Church Planting. City on a Hill Church International was planted from Lighthouse on 1 February 2009.
Mark and Marie Bailey together with Bertus and Sean van der Westhuizen form the Eldership team who lead City on a Hill Church.
Thabani Mpofu – Family 1
Morris Slabbert – Family 2Family is one of the cornerstones of any community. We have seen a definite design over the past few decades to break down family. It is part of the local church’s mandate to see families restored. In the same way the local church is to be a family. Family is where you can feel comfortable to be who God created you to be, to use your gifting and live out your God-given call.
Hebrews 2:11 (Message) Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn’t hesitate to treat them as family.”
We are not meant to walk this earth alone.
We endeavour to follow Jesus’ example with friendship. He did not exclude anyone based on their place in society, nor did he exclude anyone based on age, race or gender. He welcomed all and included all.
John 15:13-15 (ESV) Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
Bruce McAlpine – Leadership 1
Bruce McAlpine – Leadership 2
Mike Henning – Leadership 3
Bruce McAlpine – Leadership 4
Barry Nesbitt – Leadership 5
Bruce McAlpine – Leadership 6
Bruce McAlpine – Leadership 7
MikeBruce McAlpine – Leadership 8Phil 1:1 “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseersand deacons.”
In this verse we see a cameo of leadership in the church. Four groups of people are referenced: Paul and Timothy, the saints, the overseers and the deacons.
We believe that the highest authority in a local church are the overseers. As you read through the New Testament writings, 1 Pet 5:1-4 and Acts 20:17&28, more particularly, you will see that the recognised leadership in a local church were the elders/shepherds (pastors)/overseers (bishops). Whenever the writer refers to this group of leaders, he uses these terms interchangeably to describe the functions that these leaders perform. So we believe that the elders are also the bishops as well as the pastors.
The elders lead the church together with the help of the deacons. Deacons are there to assist the elders in leading, shepherding, loving, caring, teaching, training & equipping the local church. Some other references to deacons are found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13 and Romans 16:1-2.
“The saints” we believe refer to every single member of a local church that has been born again and received salvation by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. We also believe these saints make up the ”Priesthood of all believers” according to 1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 5:10 and Acts 9:10-18. As a priest every believer can minister to the Lord, themselves, the church and the world at large.
We believe that these three of the four groups mentioned in Phil 1:1 make up the local church: elders, deacons and saints. We also see this depicted in a family where you have a dad, a mom and the children. The dad is the head of the family and together with the mom leads the children. The elders are the head of the local church and together with the deacons lead the saints. The mom is the heart of the home and similarly the deacons are the heart of the church. The children are the future hope of the family. The parents want their children to succeed by growing up in an environment of loving care, teaching, training and equipping so that they can reach and release their full potential. In the same way, Christ in the saints, is the future hope of the local church. The elders together with the deacons, want the saints to succeed by creating an environment of love, care, teaching, training and equipping so that the saints can reach and release their full potential in Christ.
The fourth group mentioned in Phil 1:1 “Paul and Timothy” refers to trans-local leadership gifts that the Lord Jesus gives to His body, the church, found in Ephesians 4:7-16. The word “trans-local” means being sent out from a local church to go and minister into other local churches. Trans-local teams are made up of Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Evangelists and Teachers. They are given to the local church to come along side and help the elders and deacons to prepare the saints for works of service, to build up the local church, bring unity in the faith and growth in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. This results in the saints maturing into the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are also there to release elders into local church leadership according to Acts 14:21-28.
Our eldership team currently consists of Bruce and Myra McAlpine, Barry and Lee Nesbitt, Morris and Sylvia Slabbert and Werner and Vikki Dercksen.