In 2008 Pastor James Dodzweit was leading a thriving youth ministry at Grace Family Church in Lutz, FL. Hundreds of middle school students would gather on Friday nights and hear the gospel and create friendships.
It was in the middle of that amazing time that Pastor James felt it was time to step out in faith and plant a local church in Wesley Chapel, FL. With the full financial support and encouragement of Grace Family Church, the Association of Related Churches (ARC), and various leaders, the launch team of 40 adults planted GrowLife Church on March 1, 2009 with a desire to see God move in their city.
After leading GrowLife church for 9 years Pastor James sensed it was time to empower Pastor Matt Maldonado as the lead pastor of GrowLife Church. Pastor Matt is a powerful young leader who has been developed over the last 12 years and is now called to lead the GrowLife family.
Pastor Matt leads with a heart to reach people with the good news of Jesus and disciple a lifestyle of knowing God.
Humanity is lost without God. Fortunately, God has made himself knowable. He invites us to know Him personally in His Son Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, within His scriptures and alongside His church. At GrowLife, the Sunday morning services are geared to allow everyone to encounter God in each of these ways. We proclaim the good news of Jesus, follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, share the Scriptures boldly and experience the love of God poured out through His Church. Our prayer is that you would join us in our journey to know Him more.
In America we live in a free country but many of us don’t always feel free. Slavery has many faces and it will often show itself in the form of fear, rejection, materialism and well, you get the idea. At GrowLife we have found that freedom is most accessible when trust is established through relationship and God begins to set us free. This idea is the basis for our LifeGroups. These groups meet around a common theme or interest and allow for deeper friendships to form outside of our Sunday Services. We offer semester-based LifeGroups that meet throughout the community on various days of the week.
Everyone wants to believe that they have a purpose in life. The truth is you do. God has a purpose for each of us and it is our pleasure to come alongside and help you discover why God made you the way He did. The Journey helps to unpack the “next step” in your walk with Christ. It is offered in four steps on most Sunday evenings with each step corresponding to the week of the month. Step 1 offered the first Sunday, Step 2 offered the second Sunday and so forth. Walking through The Journey is the most effective way to get plugged into the GrowLife family.
The picture of our lives gets a little clearer at this stage. True fulfillment happens when God uses you to make a difference in the lives of others. This part of GrowLife’s mission is a culmination of the three previous ones. Once we come to know God He works in us, to free us from sin and uncover our purpose. When that purpose is discovered we are positioned to begin making a difference in the world by serving others with our God-given talents and abilities.
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. (Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 119:11, 89, 105; Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; Romans 16:25-28; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Peter 3:16).
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority (Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; Romans 8:9-11; Hebrews 3:7-11; James 2:19; I John 5:7;)
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
(Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 22:70; 24:46-47; John 1:1,14, 20:28; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; I Timothy 3:16; Philippians 2:5-6; Colossians 1:15; 2:9 I Timothy 2:5).
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is God’s gift to you if you’ll accept it. It is not a result of our good works, self-improvement, or of any human efforts. It is only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness that you can be saved from sin's penalty (Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-66; 28:1-6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 14:6; John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Romans 5:1; 10:9-10; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:22; Revelation 3:20).
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65; Matthew 19:28; Titus 3:5).
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).
The church is the Body of Christ, a local community of baptized believers, unified through faith in Christ Jesus. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands. The church also seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. (Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; John 17:11, 20-23; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Hebrews 12:23).
Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new believer is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48).
Communion is a unique time, in the presence of God, when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).
Biblical Marriage is clearly defined as one man (born a man) united with one woman (born a woman) for life. This covenant is defined by God and should not be taken lightly or altered to fit personal preference. (Genesis 2:22-24, Ephesians 5:22-33, Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:6-9, Galatians 5:24-25).
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)
PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES CLAUSE
GrowLife Church is prohibited from engaging in activities which violate its written doctrines. This church is also prohibited from condoning, promoting, or allowing any of its assets to be used for activities that violate its written doctrines.
For a more detailed copy of our written doctrines and statement of faith please email our central offices at firstname.lastname@example.org