Loving God. Loving People
Our mission as a church can be summed up simply: “Loving God. Loving people.” We’re devoted to seeking God and serving people. Church is about faith expressing itself through love. It’s more than just attending meetings, it's about sharing life. We believe that church is meant to be relational and we’re committed to being connected in authentic relationships -- giving to and receiving from one another -- and working together to share God's love with the world. Each person has a part to play, contributing his or her gifts and talents to the whole so that Jesus is glorified.
Values matter because they describe the way that we will live. The following eight Values are not exclusive, but they are essential. These are not just ideas we believe, these are things we are committed to living out as a church.
The Importance of Living a Surrendered Life
We are committed to the authority of the Word of God and to complete dependence on God's Spirit, rather than our own abilities.
II Timothy 3:16-17, John 15:5, Philippians 4:13
The Maintaining of Unity
We are committed to maintaining unity in order to fulfill Jesus' prayer "...May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."
The Priority of Servanthood
The true measure of greatness in the Kingdom of God is the possession of a servant's heart. We believe in following the example of Jesus in sacrificially serving one another in love.
Matthew 20:26-28, Philippians 2:5, 7
The Worth and Dignity of Each Person
Every person God created is valuable, unique and has something to contribute. We are committed to valuing each person and seeking to unlock the gifts God has given them.
John 3:16, II Corinthians 5:16-17, Romans 2:11
The Practice of Faith
Faith is not a matter of intellectual assent; the practice of faith is about actions of trusting God. We encourage our members to cultivate an active trust in God, moving forward in obedience to His commands.
Hebrews 11:1, 6, James 2:18
The Power of Integrity
Our actions are done in full view of the Lord. It is vital that we be consistent in honoring God both publicly and privately. We have a single standard for our conduct: the righteousness of Christ.
Philippians 1:27, Proverbs 10:9, 1 Peter 2:12
The Devotion to Prayer
We view prayer not just as preparation for the work of the Kingdom, but as the vital work itself. We believe in glorifying God by seeking Him and depending on Him in all things and for all things through prayer and intercession.
Colossians 4:2, Philippians 4:6, I Thessalonians 5:16-18, I Timothy 2:1-4
The Necessity of Grace
It's all by the grace of God that we can turn from sin, love Jesus and live lives that honor Him! We celebrate this transforming grace and proclaim our dependence on God Himself to supply what He commands!
Ephesians 6:24, Titus 3:11-12, Philippians 2:13
If you would like to explore becoming a member of Living Word, please inquire about the next scheduled "Discovering Living Word Church" class or our newcomers small groups. In this class you will have the opportunity to meet the staff pastors and learn much more about our values, our ministries, our leadership, and how God is growing us as a church family.
If you'd like to ask us any questions, or to join us for a "Discovering LWC", please send us an email or give us a call.