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Who we Are

WHAT WE BELIEVE

HOW DO WE FIND GOD’S TRUTH?
Creation reveals God’s existence and many aspects of his attributes. Nonetheless, the Bible gives us special revelation from God. It is the written Word of God—God’s inspired testimony about himself. The Bible is the only authoritative source of God’s self-revelation, and is the source and standard for all doctrine, church practice, and godly living. The Bible is God’s own Word, written by men through the direction of His Spirit, and is authoritative in all matters upon which it touches: It is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it affirms; obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; embraced, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises.*

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

*See also 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 4:4; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; 20:31; Acts 20:32

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
God exists eternally in three persons as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet is nonetheless one God. God is sovereign in creation, in history, and in salvation, ruling over all things in perfect faithfulness, righteousness and absolute goodness. He infallibly knows all that will happen, ordering and ordaining all things according to the good purpose of his own will. He deserves the worship and obedience of all people.

THE SUPREMACY OF CHRIST
God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the eternal Word of God and the only Savior of mankind, fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and died for our sins. He rose in victory from the grave and personally appeared to his disciples. He ascended to heaven, where he is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, and will come again a second time at the close of history.

THE EMPOWERMENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
God the Holy Spirit unites the church, dwells within believers, and empowers them to accomplish God’s will. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11). He brings people to repentance through the proclamation of the gospel and leads them to faith in Christ. He begins and completes the work of transformation into the likeness of Christ in the lives of believers, and is himself the seal and security of our salvation.

The Holy Spirit gives believers supernatural gifts to build up his church and for works of ministry in the world. The gifts of the Holy Spirit described in Scripture are still available and vital today, and all believers should actively seek the filling of God’s Spirit and the godly practice of these gifts.

THE CENTRALITY OF THE CROSS
All people are born sinners, and our salvation is by grace alone, through repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. This is the only means by which God removes the guilt and penalty of sin, bringing eternal life to those who believe. The good news of Jesus Christ is for all peoples everywhere, in every nation.

THE MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH
All believers have received gifts from the Holy Spirit and are qualified by grace as ministers of Christ. We are joined together into a family of believers, the church, where we share fellowship and experience life together. The church is God’s agent for global transformation, a community that demonstrates heaven’s society on earth. Each believer should be a committed member of a local church, and actively participate and contribute towards the extension of God’s kingdom on earth.

THE SANCTITY OF THE SACRAMENTS
Baptism is for all who profess faith in Christ Jesus, and is done by immersion in water as an act of obedience and public confession of the lordship of Christ. Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, is to be shared only by believers in Christ who are abiding in grace, and is an important expression of our covenant with God and one another.

 

OUR CONNECTIONS

Since its inception, LifeShare Christian Center has had a vision to plant churches. We are a missional congregation with the Great Commission in our DNA, that is, “to go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all that Jesus taught us” (Mt 28:19,20).

We are intentional about connecting in friendship with other regional protestant churches, while nationally connected to various ministers and missionaries, and also through a cooperation of Japanese churches called TPKF. We are also members of JEMA, an association of missionaries in Japan and connected with other JEMS missionaries and their families with which we participate in a periodic retreat. We are a branch of a Japanese church (守山キリスト福音教会) in Moriyama, Shiga, whose pastor is responsible for providing the proper documentation and support for our stay in Japan. We are also globally connected to churches in the USA, Brazil and Korea. We receive counsel, coaching, accountability and mentoring through our sending organization, other seasoned ministers in Japan, and abroad.

We believe that being well connected with the body of believers is essential. For this reason, we seek to connect with churches that share the same core beliefs for the purpose of seeing the Gospel being proclaimed and saving lives in Christ. Although we greatly appreciate the global connections and outreach endeavors, we strive to remain faithful to the work of our local ministry and focus on keeping marriages and families strong, starting with our own.

 

LEADERSHIP

Fabio and Elizabeth have been married since 2001 and currently have 7 children: Joshua, Dominique, Israel, Johann, Olivia, Annaliese and Serenity.

Fabio and Elizabeth lead the church plant mission in Nagayo since May of 2021 and serve with the supervision and mentorship of Yuya Ueda and Masami Ueda, both pastors of our mother church. Together, Fabio and Elizabeth have been actively involved in ministry since 2001.

Fabio got his bachelor’s degree in theology in Curitiba, Brazil, and attended a course on practical ministry at the Brazilian Baptist of Santa Catarina. He participated in the Redeemer City to City intensive church planting course in 2021, Biblical Counseling Conference by Southwestern conducted in Tokyo (2022) and continues to learn while leading the church plant in an unchurched town of Nagasaki, after serving 3 years at Machida Gospel church, Tokyo.

They met in Japan in 1999, got married in 2001, when they also served in a Peruvian church in Shiga-ken. In 2003 they left for the States where they started a Hispanic ministry at a local church in Lansing, IL. In 2009 they left for Brazil where they did street evangelism among people struggling with various challenges, including drug addiction/dealing, criminality and prostitution, for two years. Noticing the problems by talking to the people on the streets, they were led to start a family ministry in 2011 (details here and here). The Lord opened doors to minister in schools and churches of many denominations doing weekend seminars. While in Brazil, Fabio finished his MBA and started a business to help with their family income. They also published two books and the ministry there still continues after leaving the country in 2017. 

They have served in long-term missions since 2001 in Japan, USA and Brazil besides other short term missions to Argentina, Mexico and India. 

Together, they desire to collaborate in unity with various ministers and churches of several denominations that hold the same core beliefs in order to serve the Kingdom in a nation of very few churches with the belief that TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER. “In a place where you are “lucky” if you find other Christians to fellowship with, we can not afford to focus on our differences and thus isolate ourselves even more than we already are!“, they affirm.

You can read more about their history here.

 

Church in Nagasaki. Igreja em Nagasaki.