About Generations Church

Our Vision is to be an extension of the First Century Church –Acts 2:42-47

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Our mission is to fulfill the Great Commission: –Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Being. Building. Branching.

  • Being rooted deeply in God’s word.
  • Building a strong core through relationships.
  • Branching into our community & serving.

G-R-A-C-E-S

  1. God Centered. We are here to glorify Him, not ourselves. This is a commitment to spread a passion for His glory while equally doing all ministry with a marked level of personal humility (2 Timothy 2:25, 26).
  2. Relationship Driven. We are sociable and outgoing gatherers who need community and are not afraid to develop new friendships.
  3. Authentic. We strive to be truthful, honest, humble, passionate people who can express their testimony in easy to understand everyday words and manner. We will not live a life without accountability and will seek to relate to every man and woman that we meet.
  4. Charismatic. We will commit ourselves to developing the gifts of our community for the kingdom of God. Discipleship is a key ingredient to our success and will be the focus of ministry in all we do.
  5. Everyone a Minister. We are committed to help all find their place of ministry in our church. Ministry is key for the Christian in his or her growth in Christ.
  6. Sending. We wish to always empower our brothers and sisters as ministers in their homes, work, neighborhood, and social life. We also will devote our time to prayer asking God to protect our leadership and raise up new leadership to be sent into the harvest as well.

“Cultivating a passion for God’s glory in the heart of every generation.”

Proverbs 29:18 | Habakkuk 2:1-3 | Matthew 22:35-40

Our History

Our church began in Rockwall, Texas, August 2009 in the Chamber of Commerce with just a handful of people looking for a community whose focus was to grow deep in the things of God and be transformed by His Word.  As we prayed, God began to add to our church family.  In the fall of 2009, we moved to a nearby private school which we quickly outgrew.  In the summer of 2010, we relocated to an elementary school. We continued to pray that our church family would find a permanent place to call home.  In August of 2013, God opened the door and we were able to move to our permanent location in Fate, Texas.  As God continued to grow us in His Word and in numbers, in 2014, we were able to expand and add a Multi-purpose/Youth facility to our building.  And, once again, we are expanding our worship center.  Our group today has every generation represented from great grandparents to little ones. We are a multi-generational church family. We are Generations Church. 

 

John Lea - Senior Pastor

Pastor John Lea was raised in Texas in the home of a pastor. He began his vocational ministry at 19 as a youth pastor while finishing his studies at Oral Roberts University. He has been in full time ministry for the last 23 years as youth pastor, worship leader, itinerate evangelist and church planter. His love for the Word of God is evident as he teaches weekly going verse by verse through the Bible. His wife, Lauri and he, have been married for 23 years with three beauties: Abigail, Averi, and Aiden. They are a close knit family that loves their dogs and cats, goats, chickens, donkey and pony. 

What We Believe

  1. God — We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge of sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
  2. The Bible — We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
  3. The Human Condition — We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
  4. Jesus Christ — We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
  5. The Work of Christ — We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
  6. The Holy Spirit — We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
  7. The Church — We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
  8. Christian Living — We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
  9. Christ’s Return — We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
  10. Response and Eternal Destiny — We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

Views of the Senior Pastor and Elders
We hold a high View of God’s Sovereign work in salvation of the believer in the effectual calling of the believer and the gift of faith and repentance given to the believer at the time of their salvation. Also, we also hold to the gifts of the Spirit as listed in I Corinthians as still available to the believer today although we ascribe the Spirit’s baptism to a believer’s salvation experience and not an added, secondary work. These gifts are to be used to benefit and not harm the edification of the believer, the local church, and the reaching of the lost. These gifts are not to be used to set up agendas of self-assertion but are to be used out of love for Christ’s people and the lost under the order of the ruling elders.

(We see that sons and daughters are able to prophesy when the Spirit of God is given according to the book of Acts and that women are able to prophesy in a general assembly under the supervision of the elders according to I Corinthians. The gift of prophecy, the gift of healing, the gift of tongues, faith, word of knowledge, and all gifts listed in the NT given to the church may or may not be as pronounced in one church or one dispensation of time as in another within the Church Age. But we hold that at the Spirit’s pleasure these gifts are still in effect in the church today as He sees fit to use them in the body of believers.)