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: Kevin Bell
Secretary: Pastor Austin Ballesteros
 
Members: 
Pastor Gilbert Barlit
Joel Monserrat
Nathaniel Sabiniano

THE GOSPEL – Good News of Christ Redeeming Love

God desires all people to be saved.

1 Timothy 2:3-4 – This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Spiritual Birth is a must.

John 3:3 – Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

  1. God is holy.
  2. He is Creator and Owner of everything.

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 24: 1 – The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.

  1. He is perfectly holy.

Matthew 5: 48 – Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

  1. He requires perfect obedience to His law.

James 2:10 – For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.

  1. Man is guilty.
  2. Everyone has broken God’s law.

Romans 3:10, 23 – There is none righteous, not even one.

                              …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

  1. The penalty for sin is eternal death.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  1. Good works or intentions will not save anyone.

Titus 3:5 – He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 2: 8-9 – 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.

  1. Christ is the Savior.
  2. Jesus came to earth as both God and sinless man.

Colossians 2: 9 – For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form

  1. Jesus demonstrated God’s love in dying on the cross to pay sin’s penalty.

Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

2 Corinthians 5: 21 – He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

  1. Jesus rose from the grave and is alive today.

1 Corinthians 15:4 – and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

  1. Sinners must repent and believe.
  2. Repent of all that dishonors God.

Isaiah 55:7 – Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.

Matthew 4:17 – From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Repentance is turning away from sin and living your life to obey God.)

  1. Confess, Believe and Receive Christ as Lord and Savior.

Romans 10:9 – that 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.

John 1:12 – But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.

 
  1. The decision to commit yourself to Jesus Christ.

Will you repent and believe in Christ or will you remain under His wrath?

Acts 17: 30 – Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent.

  1. 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 God. True faith always responds in obedience to God (Ephesians 2:10; John 14:15).

Suggested Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

 I acknowledged that You are holy and creator of everything. I admit that I am a sinner and I repent of all my sins. I humbly ask you to forgive all my sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty of my sins and He rose again from the dead. I confess, believe and receive Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord. I will follow and obey you as long as I live. Thank you for saving me and giving me eternal life.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

The assurances of a believer in Christ:

  1. You have the assurance that you belong to the family of God.

John 1:12 – But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.

  1. You have the assurance of eternal life

John 5:24 – “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.”

The commitment to follow Christ:

Matthew 16:24 – Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me.”

 

THE GOSPEL OF TRUTH

God desires all people to be saved.

1 Timothy 2:3-4 – This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Spiritual Birth is a must.

John 3:3 – Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

  1. God is holy.

 

He is perfectly holy.

Matthew 5: 48 – Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

He requires perfect obedience to His law.

James 2:10 – For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.

  1. Man is guilty.

Everyone has broken God’s law.

Romans 3:10, 23 – There is none righteous, not even one.

                              …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

The penalty for sin is eternal death.

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Good works or intentions will not save anyone.

Ephesians 2: 8-9 – 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.

  1. Christ is the Savior.

Jesus came to earth as both God and sinless man.

Colossians 2: 9 – For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form

Jesus demonstrated God’s love in dying on the cross to pay sin’s penalty.

Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

2 Corinthians 5: 21 – He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Jesus rose from the grave and is alive today.

1 Corinthians 15:4 – and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

  1. Sinners must repent and believe.

Repent of all that dishonors God.

Isaiah 55:7 – Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.

Matthew 4:17 – From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Repentance is turning away from sin and living your life to obey God.)

Luke 9: 23 – And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

                Believe and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Romans 10:9 – that 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;

John 1:12 – But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,

Ask:  Will you repent and believe in Christ or will you remain under His wrath?

Acts 17: 30 – Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent.

 

Sinner’s Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that you are Holy and righteous. I admit that I am a sinner and I disobeyed your commands. Please forgive all my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for all my sins and He rose again from the grave that I may spend eternity with you in heaven. I confess and accept Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for saving me and giving me the assurance of eternal life in Christ. I will follow and obey you as long as I live. This I pray, in Jesus name. Amen.

 

  1. The assurance of a true believer in Christ.

John 5:24 – “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.