Life Sharing Families are at the heart of who we are.

reproducible

adj.  Capable of being reproduced at a different time or place and by different people.
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reproducible.church is a network of organic, missional-incarnational communities (which we call Life Sharing Families) birthed when the seed of the Gospel is planted into a relational community. She is a living expression of the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, the family of God, and the dwelling place of God. She is a Person-Driven Church, that person being her fiancé, the Lord Jesus Christ. She is divinely commissioned to carry out Christ's mission and eternal purpose in the earth. She prays that His kingdom would fill the earth and works toward that end.

Life Sharing Families are at the heart of who we are. We do, however, have smaller groupings within each family and we have groupings that include two or more LSFs.

What We Believe

One way we keep unity among our diversity is to run people through what we call the "bullet test." We ask, "What would you do if someone held a gun to your head and said, 'Renounce this doctrine or I will shoot'?" If you say, "Pull the trigger" then it is a bullet doctrine. We agree on bullet doctrines. We can hold to doctrines that are not bullet doctrines, and even teach them with conviction, but we don't exclude or attack brothers and sisters over non-bullet doctrines. They are secondary doctrines that are enlightening but not worth killing over.

For us, the bullet doctrines could consistently be summed up:

  • One true God in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • The deity and incarnate humanity of Jesus and His redemptive work evident in His death, burial, and resurrection, ascension, and immanent return.
  • Salvation, as an ongoing regeneration and transformation of one's soul, is by grace through faith in the atoning work of Christ and not ever the results of our own works.
  • The inspiration and power of God's written Word in all of its revelation, without error in its original manuscripts.
  • All believers are redeemed to be significant in the cause of God's kingdom and granted the empowerment to do so by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.

Of course, the bullet test is not meant to be a fixed and static screening process. It is only a beginning to a relationship that will grow over time, built on much more than cognitive assent to a set of stated beliefs. The consequence of this form of doctrinal screening is that we have "unity on the essentials, liberty on the non-essentials, and love in everything."

We want to lower the bar of how church is done so that anyone can do it, and raise the bar of what it means to be a disciple so that they will do it.