Mission Statement & Ministry Focus Posted January 24, 2015

The Lodge Mission Statement

The apostles gathered around Jesus… He said to them,
“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Mark 6:30-31 NIV

The Lodge Christian Retreat Center recognizes the incredible need in our culture for moral direction and spiritual growth. As a part of Word of Life Fellowship Church, the Lodge is committed to partnering with the Lord to empower other religious not-for-profit organizations to provide this cultural support in accordance with Bible principle*.

We are honored to extend our services to help meet the practical and spiritual needs of all our Christian partners who are serving the Kingdom of God. The ministry of the Lodge has been specifically designed and established to serve these needs in groups and individuals as follows:

1) Groups who embrace like faith*, representing 501 (c) (3), religious, non-profit ministries for events including but not limited to retreats, conferences and seminars for:
a. men, women, couples, youth
b. ministry staff, leadership, volunteers

2) Private groups coming for one of The Lodge’s spiritual renewal programs including, but not limited to special prayer meetings, bible studies, devotionals, and fellowships.

3) Individual missionaries or ministers, representing 501 (c) (3), religious, non-profit ministries who are coming for one of The Lodge’s spiritual renewal programs including, but not limited to special prayer meetings, bible studies, devotionals, and fellowships.

4) Individual missionaries or ministers who are attending one of the events at Word of Life Fellowship Church or at partner churches in the vicinity.

5) Individuals who embrace like faith*, who have come to attend one of the events at The Word of Life Fellowship Church, including, but not limited to:
a. church services
b. church conferences and seminars, musical events

The Lodge: Christian Retreat Center is set apart to be a place of rest, restoration and renewed vision where God’s love, wisdom and counsel abide and bring God’s people health and wellbeing – body, soul and spirit. In accordance with this mission and hope, it is a place that is free of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs.

We welcome our brothers and sisters in Christ and our prayer is that you can come away and rest a while in the presence of the Lord.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
He leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.Ps 23:1-3 NLT


*Please see the following Statement of Faith

(A) Inerrancy and Infallibility of the Holy Bible
We believe in the absolute inerrancy and infallibility of the Holy Bible as the true Word of God; that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” and that “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Bible, as the revelation of the Person and will of God, is the only rule of faith, doctrine, and practice for the Christian Church (Ps. 119:105; Acts 17:11; Ps. 68:11; I Cor. 11:2; Jer. 15:16; I Thess. 2:13; Isa. 55:11; I Tim. 6:3; Ex. 34:27; II Tim. 3:16; Josh. 24:26; II Pet. 1:21; I Sam. 10:25; I Cor. 14:37; Jer. 30:2; II Pet. 3:16; Lk. 1:3; Jn. 1:1).

(B) One True and Living God
We believe in one true and living God, supreme and infinite in being, perfect, holy, eternal, omnipotent, immutable, omniscient, pre-existent before all things, and the Creator of all (Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; Jude 25; Jer. 23:24; Pr. 28:5; Jer. 32:17; Lk. 1:37; Ps. 90:2).

(C) The Trinity
We believe that there exists in the Godhead, a trinity of distinct persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and that they are One in power, in purpose, in essence and in eternity (Gen. 1:26; Isa. 42:1; Mt. 28:19; I Jn. 5:7; II Cor. 13:14; Gen. 18:2;. Deut. 6:4; Mt. 3:16-17; Heb. 1:8; Mt. 22:43; Isa. 35:4, 5; Mt. 11:3-6; Jn. 8:24; Acts 5:3, 4; Jn. 5:19; Jn. 16:13-15).

(D) Jesus Christ is the Divine Son of God
We believe Jesus Christ is the Divine Son of God. In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Beloved Son for the Salvation of the world. He was immaculately conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of a Virgin (Isa. 7:14; Lk. 1:27, 35; Mt. 3:17; Jn. 3:16; Mt. 1:18). He lived a life of sinless purity, revealing God to a lost and fallen mankind. He performed the complete will of God, doing all things pleasing to the Father, being obedient, even unto death, on the Cross. He was slain for the sins of mankind. At the Cross, God laid the iniquity of us all upon Him. He partook of sin, infirmity and death for all men. As a Lamb without blemish before God, He was the propitiation for our sin. It is through His shed blood that we have atonement, the forgiveness of sin, and there is salvation in no other (Isa. 53; Jn. 1:29; II Cor. 5:21; Rom. 5:9; Acts. 4:12).

Upon His death He was buried in a tomb and was in the earth for three days, and rose again physically from the dead on the third day, overcoming sin, hell and death. He showed Himself alive after His passion to witnesses, by many infallible proofs. This is the Gospel, the power of God unto Salvation, which is sent to be preached unto all mankind (Mt. 12:40; Lk. 24:39; Acts 1:3; I Cor. 15:1-8; Mt. 27:63; II Cor. 5:15). When He had thus by Himself purged our sins, Christ ascended bodily into Heaven, there to sit down at the right hand of God and be retained until the restitution of all things spoken by the prophets since the world began (Heb. 1:3, 13; Acts. 1:9; Acts 2:33-35; Acts 3:21; I Tim. 3:16).

(E) Return of the Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven to this earth in power and glory, and that He will receive His bride, His elect, unto Himself, that He will judge the living and the dead, and that He will establish the everlasting Kingdom of God upon the earth (Acts 1:11; Mt. 24:30, 31; Eph. 5:27; II Cor. 11:2; Rev. 5:20; Dan. 7:14; II Tim. 4:1; Rm. 14:10).

(G) Historical Christian Church
We believe in the Historical Christian Church, which was begun and is being built by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The church, as established by our Lord and nurtured by the Apostles of Christ, entered a state of decline and darkness by the third century A.D., until it bore little or no resemblance to the early church. But with the breaking forth of light on Justification by Faith, in the 17th century, and through many subsequent outpourings of Biblical truth, Christ has been building up and restoring His church to its ancient purity and power, that the Scriptures regarding the church might all come to fulfillment in these last days (Mt. 16:18; Eph. 2:20; II Tim. 2:2; Ps. 102:16; Joel 2:23-25; Hag. 2:9; Eph. 5:27).

(M) The Lord is the Highest Authority as a Sovereign
We believe that the Lord Himself must be the highest authority as a Sovereign in all matters touching His church. We seek to be governed and directed by His rule alone. We acknowledge His agencies of rule to be His Word, the Holy Scriptures, the Ministry of His Holy Spirit and Divinely appointed leadership. We assert that our Spiritual beliefs, represented by the Holy Bible, by these Articles of Faith, and including the entire body of our doctrine and attendant direction from God, hold preeminence over any other body of writ, whether Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, or any vehicle necessary or convenient for the natural or administrative functioning of our church (Acts 5:29; Dan. 3:16-18, 6:13; Acts 4:19; Mark 7:7; I Cor. 2:14; Rom. 8:5-8; Ps. 118:8).

(N) Marriage
Marriage has been ordained by God. This church defines “marriage” as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of “marriage” found in these Articles. (Gen. 2:24)

(O) Human Sexuality
We believe solely in the God-given gender assigned by our loving Father. Legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Hence, sexual activities outside of marriage (referred to in the New Testament as “porneia”– πορνεία) including but not limited to, adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, and pedophilia are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church. Further, lascivious conduct, transgender behavior, and the creation and/or distribution and/or viewing of pornography, are incompatible with the biblical witness.

* For the complete Statement of Faith for The Word of Life Fellowship, Inc., go to http://www.wordoflifeca.com/webelieve.html