MORE ABOUT LWCC

Living Word Christian Church can be described with the very words in our name:
 
“Living” – LWCC is alive because of the Spirit of God living in us. We have been made alive through our faith in Jesus Christ (John 1:4; Eph 2:4-5). Life that is devoted to Christ is the only life that is ultimately fulfilling. And by our living His life, we can express who God is to the people around us.
 
“Word”-centered – LWCC is focused on the Word of God, the Bible, as the only authority for our faith, doctrine and conduct (2 Tim.3:16-17). LWCC is also focused on the Living Word, Jesus Christ (John 1:1,14) who died and rose to life again, so that we may experience eternal relationship with Him.
 
“Christian” –LWCC is composed of members just like “the disciples who were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:26c) who have a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). We are a community of Christ followers who desire to grow together to become more like Him. We may stumble in many ways (James 3:2) but we encourage one another and build each other up (I Thess.5:11). We are who Jesus say we are, we desire to do what Jesus does and we love as Jesus loves.
 
Local “Church” – We are the Body of Christ worshipping together in Langley, belonging to the greater community of God’s people. We are affiliated with British Columbia Baptist Conference (BCBC) of the Baptist General Conference (BGC) of Canada. Despite our independence, we share a common mission with other BGC churches and gladly join hands with all Christians to proclaim the Gospel of Christ and “make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19).

Mission

 
To glorify God by becoming like Christ and proclaiming His truth.
 
LWCC’s mission is twofold. First, we believe we are called to glorify God by becoming like Christ. We believe that Christlikeness is the will of God for the people of God. We aim to become like Christ in His character and behaviour, service, love and mission.1 Second, we believe that we are called to proclaim His truth and make disciples of all nations as commanded by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20

Vision

 
To see lives transformed by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God.
 
As we obey God’s Word and allow the Holy Spirit to change us to become more like Jesus Christ, we see every member of LWCC helping others to know and follow Jesus. We want to see more people to respond positively to the gospel so that their lives will be transformed. We want to see them “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). And as we grow together, we see our people equipped to serve, “for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).

Board of Elders

 
The Elders Board is primarily responsible for lovingly overseeing and governing the overall functions of the church including legal responsibilities.
The Elders Board meets on a regular basis to make sure that the church is fulfilling her biblical calling and functioning well in accordance with its Constitution and Bylaws.
 
Chairperson: Elmer Cruz
Vice- Chairperson: Don Soriano
Secretary: Pastor Austin Ballesteros
 
Members: 
Pastor Brad Crossley
Kevin Bell
Joel Monserrat

THE GOSPEL – Good News for All

 
What is the Gospel? The Gospel is the Good News that God has made a way of salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ for any person (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (I Timothy 2:3-4). It is also our desire and prayer that you will embrace the gospel and experience the joy of having new life In Jesus Christ as you consider the following truths found in God’s Word.
 
1. God is Sovereign Creator
● “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it” (Psalm 24:1).
● The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.
2. God is Holy
● God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3); therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).
● God requires holiness of us as well. “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Because He is holy, He also requires perfect obedience to His law. “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, He has become guilty of all”(James 2:10).
3. Mankind is Sinful
● Everyone has broken God’s law and is guilty of sin. “There is none righteous, not even one…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10, 23)
● That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. However, we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick”(Jeremiah 17:9).
4. Sin Demands a Penalty
● “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
● Even though God’s holiness and justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
5. Jesus is Lord and Savior
● Jesus came to earth as both God and sinless man. “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9).
● “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10::9)
● Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, and Christ’s perfect life satisfied the demands of God’s holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26).
● Good works will not save anyone. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
6. Sinners must Repent and Believe in the Gospel
● Jesus said, “Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15)
● Believing the gospel involves a commitment to follow Jesus as your Lord and Savior. “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24).
● Those who receive Jesus, “He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
 
The Character of Saving Faith
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3, 5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9), pursue Christ (Matthew 11: 28-30; John 17:3), and obey Him (1 John 2:3). It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).
This is the GOOD NEWS of SALVATION that Jesus Christ offers to all. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life (John 5:24).
 
Suggested Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I acknowledge that You created me and that You are holy. I admit that I am a sinner and I repent from all my sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins and He rose again from the dead. Because of what Jesus has done, I humbly ask you to forgive me of all my sins. I receive Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord. Help me to obey You and live in a way that pleases and honors You. Thank you for saving me and giving me eternal life.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen
 
For more information, please contact:
Living Word Christian Church
Website: lwcchurch.ca
E-mail: info.livingwordcc@shaw.ca
Tel. 604-534-0051