IT MAKES US UNIFIED
Since the school’s beginning to the present, worship has been a powerful factor in bringing forth God’s purpose of unity and love within each student and it has removed the tendency to fall into a spirit of jealousy and competitiveness. It is our conviction that setting a small part of time together to focus upon God keeps us unified and brings forth His blessing upon each and every class [Ps. 133]. Because of this we have and will continue to spend time in corporate prayer, short Bible Study, singing, dancing, or individual prayer (if a student has a particular need).
It makes us unique
Light of Life is a non-profit tax exempt performing arts school with a Christian emphasis. Our Christian values, morals, and standards are what make us unique from other dance schools in our area. The mission and vision placed in our hearts by the Lord states that we have been established to provide a safe and caring environment for children to learn dance and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through the expressive art of dance, while also making room for each student to encounter Jesus through class room prayer, worship, dance instruction, and choreography.
it makes us free
Compared to the hours spent dancing, corporate worship at Light of Life encompasses a small percentage of the time that each student spends at the studio. For dancers attending more than once class a week, 10-15 minutes may be spent in corporate prayer, worship, or short bible study once a week or every other week. Dancers only attending one class a week will most likely not exceed a 5-15 minute average for worship, prayer, or short bible study once a month or every other month. There may be times of extended periods of worship and class room prayer but this is not the norm.
Every instructor at Light of Life may encourage freedom to worship during times set apart for worship in class however we have not and will not push any practice of worship upon the student. We want to encourage dancers to have a freedom within their heart, but will not expect that freedom to look or act a certain way.
We understand that there may be times which a student may feel uncomfortable in a setting of worship (particularly if it is new to them) and we will try to avoid this at all costs by informing the students of why we incorporate worship and encouraging them to worship in a way that is comfortable for them. We have and will continue to encourage each student to focus upon God and worship in the way that they know how and never is a student looked down upon if they do not want to participate in times of worship. As stated in our mission, our primary desire in doing this is to encourage a deeper devotion and love for Jesus Christ which ultimately produces a greater freedom, confidence, and expressiveness in the students dancing.
Statement of Faith
WE BELIEVE that only the sixty-six books of the Bible are the inspired, and therefore inerrant, Word of God. It is the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live. (Matt. 5:18; John 10:35, 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16–17; 2 Pet. 1:20–21)
WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the word made flesh. He fulfilled the just requirement of the law, suffered and died on the cross for the sins of man once for all. He was buried and was resurrected from the dead, appeared to many after his resurrection, was taken up in glory, and is now seated at the right hand of God. (Jn. 1:14, Jn. 1:29-34, Jn. 3:16, Rom. 6:10, Rom. 8:4, Heb. 9:12, 2 Cor. 1:23, Mk. 15:25, Mk. 16:6, Mt. 28:7, Lk. 24:34, Mk 14:28, Col. 3:1, Heb. 12:2, 1Pt. 3:22)
WE BELIEVE that the one true God exists eternally in three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Ps. 104, 139; Mt. 10:29–31, 28:19; Acts 17:24–28; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 1:9–12, 4:4-6; Col. 1:16,17; Heb. 1:1–3)
WE BELIEVE that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved. (John 1:12–13, 6:37–44, 10:25–30; Acts 16:30–31; Rom. 3–4, 8:1–17, 31–39; Eph. 2:8–10; Phil. 2:12–13; Titus 3:3–7)
WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in whom also we are sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells, and empowers the Christian for godly living and effective service. (Matt. 3:11, 28:18–20; John 1:12–13, 3:1–15; Acts 4:29–30; Rom. 8:9, 12:3–8; 1 Cor. 12:12–13; 2 Cor. 1:21–22; Gal. 3:1–5; Eph. 1:13–14, 5:18)
WE BELIEVE that God has called every believer to preach the Gospel to all nations and hold the Great Commission as their highest mission on earth. (Mark 16:15-20; Matt 10:7-8, 24:14, 28:18-19; Luke4:18, 24:49; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:14-15)
WE BELIEVE in the literal Second Coming of Christ at the end of the age when He will return to the earth personally and visibly to consummate His Kingdom. (Ps. 2:7–9, 22:27–28; Dan. 7:21-25, 11:32-35; Matt. 24:29-31; Mark 13:13; Rom. 11:25–32; 1 Cor. 15:20–28; Eph. 4:11–16; Phil. 3:20–21; 1 Thess. 4:13–5:11; 2 Thess. 1:3–12, 2:1-4; Rev. 7:9–14)
WE BELIEVE that when the Christian dies, they pass immediately into the presence of Christ Jesus, there to enjoy conscious fellowship with the Savior until the day of the resurrection and glorious transformation of the body. (Matt. 25:46; Lk. 16:19–31; Jn. 5:25–29; 1 Cor. 15:35–58; 2 Cor. 5:1–10; Phil. 1:19–26, 3:20–21; 2 Thes. 1:5–10; Rev. 20:11–15, 21:1–22:15)