What We Believe
At Living Word, we adhere to a set of core beliefs of our Christian faith. We invite you to click on the items below to explore our theological standpoint.
The Bible is True
The sixty-six canonical books of the Bible as originally written were inspired by God, thus free from error. They are the only written infallible guide in Christian faith and practice.Show Reference Verses
(Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalm 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; John 16:13-15; John 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16)
There is One God
There is one true God, Creator and Preserver of all things, existing eternally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.Show Reference Verses
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; John 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19)
We Need a Savior
Mankind, created in the image of God, through disobedience fell from his sinless state. This fall plunged man into a state of sin, spiritual death and separation from God, bringing with it a sentence of eternal death upon the whole human race. From this condition man can be saved only by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ.Show Reference Verses
(Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; Matthew 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; Luke 2:28-32; John 1:12; John 3:16, 36; John 5:24; Acts 2:21; Acts 4:12; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; Romans 3:23-25; Romans 5:8-10; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20)
Jesus is the Messiah
Jesus Christ is God. He is the Living Word who became flesh. His divine and human nature were perfectly united in One Person. He was born of the Virgin Mary; He lived a sinless life in full obedience to the Father; He was crucified, as the substitute for sinful man, shedding His blood for the forgiveness of sins. He was bodily resurrected from the dead and ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He presently rules over His Kingdom as King of Kings, and where He intercedes as Mediator for the saints. He will again return to earth, visibly and bodily to consummate history and God’s eternal plan.Show Reference Verses
(Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; Matthew 3:17; Matthew 8:29; Matthew 14:33; Matthew 16:16; Matthew 28:5-6; Luke 22:70; Luke 24:46-47; John 1:1, 14; John 10:30; John 11:25-27; John 17:1-5; Acts 1:9; Acts 2:22-24; Acts 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; Romans 3:23-26; Romans 8:1-3; Romans 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16)
The Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life
The Holy Spirit applies the saving work of Christ to man. He convicts and draws men to Christ, enabling them to have saving faith. He bears internal witness to the reality of the person of Jesus Christ to the believer. He imparts new life, indwells and empowers believers for service, and He distributes gifts to the body. He affects growth and maturity for the believers, and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, and power and control are appropriated in the believer’s life by faith.Show Reference Verses
(Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11; Psalm 139:7; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35; Luke 4:1; Luke 11:13; Luke 12:12; John 15:26; John 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17)
We are Called to Holiness
Every born-again believer is called by God to live a godly life, by crucifying the old nature, so as to not fulfill the desires of the flesh, and by living in the power and vitality of the Spirit, so as to bear fruit and glorify Jesus Christ.Show Reference Verses
(1 Peter 1:14-16; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 3:6-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:7; Hebrews 12:14)
Everyone Has a Purpose
Jesus Christ is Head of His body, the Church. All believers are members of His body by virtue of their regeneration. As a member of the body, each believer has been given at least one gift by the Holy Spirit to serve in the Kingdom of God.Show Reference Verses
(1 Corinthians 12:1-11; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:1-8; Ephesians 1:18-23; Colossians 1:17-20)
We are Called to Togetherness
As members of the local body of Christ, believers are responsible for one another, and are to gather together regularly for worship, teaching, koinonia (fellowship) and outreach.Show Reference Verses
(Matthew 16:18-19; Matthew 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; Acts 5:11-14; Acts 13:1-3; Acts 14:23; Acts 16:5; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 1 Corinthians 9:13-14; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:19-22; Ephesians 3:10-12; Ephesians 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; Colossians 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)
The Ordinances of Baptism and Communion
The ordinance of baptism is the outward sign of God’s Covenant of Faith with the believer. It is commanded of all who repent and believe in Christ. It signifies the believer’s death to the old life and entrance into the new life. The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper symbolizes the believer’s sharing of the divine nature of Christ. It is a continual reminder of the forgiveness of sins which He offers the world, and it proclaims his death until His return.Show Reference Verses
(Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2:8-9; Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)
The Dead will be Resurrected
At the end of the age, the dead will be resurrected, when there will be the separation of the righteous unto Heaven, and the unrighteous unto eternal Hell.Show Reference Verses
(John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15)
We are Called to Proclaim Christ
Until such time, believers are commanded to fulfill the Great Commission by proclaiming the gospel and making disciples of all men and nations. The fulfillment of the Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambition be subordinated to a total commitment to Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.Show Reference Verses(Mark 16:15-16; Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 10:10-17; 1 Corinthians 9:22; Acts 1:8; Romans 1:16; Isaiah 6:8; Matthew 9:37-38; 1 Peter 3:15; Luke 19:10; 2 Timothy 2:15; Matthew 12:30; Luke 12:8; John 3:16)
Praying for Healing
Six times a year, on the first Sunday service of every other month, we take time in the service to pray for those who desire healing. The elders use a small amount of oil and then pray individually for those who come forward to the front of the auditorium. Our prayers for healing are reverent and intimate. Our motivation is out of the Epistle of James.
In his letter, James says:
Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well. (James 5:14-15)
Throughout his three years of ministry, Jesus engaged in the work of healing people with all kinds of sicknesses (Mark 1:29-34). Jesus sent out his disciples to do all the work he did, and that included the work of healing. In the Book of Acts, we see the apostles healing people through the power of the Holy Spirit. There is also the “gift of healing” that is given to some people to be able to pray for others in an especially powerful way for their healing.
We believe that God still heals people today, which is why we pray in this manner for those who are sick.
We believe that God does not heal all people, and perhaps he does not even heal most people. We believe He does choose to heal and in response to what the Bible says, we pray for those who trust Him in whatever results he gives.