Living Word Church

Next Steps

  • Salvation

    WHY DO I NEED TO BE SAVED? God loves you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him, but there is one thing that separates you from God--sin. Sin is our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and His righteous standards. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:2

Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. 

1. WHY DO I NEED TO BE SAVED? 
God loves you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him. There is one thing that separates you from God: sin. Sin is our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and His righteous standards.  “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 

2. CAN I BE SAVED? 
For you to be saved, the penalty for your sin must be paid. God’s gift to you is His son, Jesus, who paid the debt for you when He died on the Cross. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 Jesus died for you. God brought Jesus back from the dead. He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God’s offer of salvation. 

3. HOW DO I ACCEPT HIS FREE GIFT OF SALVATION?  
“If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10  

Are you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus is offering you right now? 

This is what this commitment involves: 

  • I acknowledge I am a sinner in need of a Savior. This is to repent or turn away from sin. 
  • I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. This is to trust that Jesus paid the full penalty for my sins. 
  • I confess Jesus as my Lord and my God. This is to surrender control of my life to Jesus. 
  • I receive Jesus as my Savior forever. This is to accept that God has done for me and in me what He promised. 


If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart.

Here’s a Suggested Prayer: 
“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life.”
 
4. WHAT NEXT? 
This is a new life for you! We would love to follow up and keep in contact with you. Living in community with other believers is a vital element of the Christian life. Let us know if you’ve come to Christ by filling out a Connect Card and handing it in to the Welcome Desk at church on Sunday morning.

  • Baptism

    WHY BE BAPTIZED? Those who are baptized are following Jesus’ example and obeying His command. “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” Matthew 3:16–17

Water Baptism

If you are a believer in Christ, water baptism is an act of obedience to the Lord. It is also a public declaration to the world that you have died to your old flesh and have been raised to new life in Christ. Baptism shows others that you have personally trusted Jesus for salvation. Jesus was baptized when He was on the earth, and we do this to follow His example. When Christians are baptized, they are submerged in water to identify with the death and burial of Jesus and raised out of the water to identify with His resurrection.

1. WHY BE BAPTIZED? 
Those who are baptized are following Jesus’ example and obeying His command.

  • “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” Matthew 3:16–17

2. WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Water baptism is a public declaration of three very important things:

  • You are a follower of Jesus Christ.
    “Those who accepted his message were baptized.” Acts 2:41
  • You are beginning a changed life in Christ.
    “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4
  • You are part of a new family.
    “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:26–27

3. I’VE ALREADY BEEN BAPTIZED. SHOULD I BE BAPTIZED AGAIN? 
Your baptism should have signified you becoming a follower of Jesus, beginning a changed life, and uniting with a new family. If your baptism did not reflect this change of life, then you should be baptized again.

4. CAN MY CHILD BE BAPTIZED? 
We will baptize anyone over the age of 7 who understands what baptism symbolizes and wants to make that personal public declaration can be baptized.

5. HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR BAPTISM? 
Sign up at the Welcome Desk or online.

  • Growth Track

    WHY GO THROUGH GROWTH TRACK? Growth Track is a vital step for getting involved here at Living Word Church. Growth Track is a five-week, pre-service class covering the basics of Christianity. It is a stepping stone to membership and service. If you want to know more about our church, grow in your faith, become more involved at LWC, serve in different areas of ministry, and ultimately become a member of Living Word Church, these classes are designed just for you!

Growth Track

1. WHAT IS GROWTH TRACK? 
Growth Track is a vital step for getting involved here at Living Word Church. Growth Track is a five-week, pre-service class covering the basics of Christianity. It is a stepping stone to membership and service. If you want to know more about our church, grow in your faith, become more involved at LWC, serve in different areas of ministry, and ultimately become a member of Living Word Church, these classes are designed just for you!

2. WHAT WILL I BE LEARNING IN EACH CLASS? 

  • Week 1:  What is the Gospel?
  • Week 2:  The Power of God’s Word
  • Week 3:  Biblical Sanctification
  • Week 4:  Spiritual Service
  • Week 5:  Meet with Pastor Ben

3. WHEN ARE THE CLASSES OFFERED? 
Classes are offered four times throughout the year. They take place on five consecutive Sundays before service. The classes are held from 8:15 AM to 9:15 AM in the Classroom next to the Fellowship Hall.

4. HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR GROWTH TRACK? 
Sign up for Growth Track Classes.

  • Membership

    WHY BECOME A MEMBER OF LWC? When an individual accepts Jesus as his/her Lord and Savior, he/she becomes a member of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). Because that person is now united to Christ and the other members of the body in this way, he/she is qualified to become a member of a local expression of that body. To become a member of Living Word Church is to formally commit oneself to an identifiable, local body of believers who have joined together for specific, divinely ordained purposes. These purposes include receiving instruction from God’s Word, serving and edifying one another, participating in the ordinances (Luke 22:19; Acts 2:38-42), and proclaiming the Gospel to those who are lost (Matthew 28:18-20). In addition, when one becomes a member of a church, he/she submits to the care and the authority of the biblically qualified pastors that God has placed in that assembly.

Membership

1. WHY SHOULD I BECOME A MEMBER OF LWC? 
When an individual accepts Jesus as his/her Lord and Savior, he/she becomes a member of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). Because he is united to Christ and the other members of the body in this way, he is therefore qualified to become a member of a local expression of that body. To become a member of Living Word Church is to formally commit oneself to an identifiable, local body of believers who have joined together for specific, divinely ordained purposes. These purposes include receiving instruction from God’s Word, serving and edifying one another, participating in the ordinances (Luke 22:19; Acts 2:38-42), and proclaiming the Gospel to those who are lost (Matthew 28:18-20). In addition, when one becomes a member of a church, he submits himself to the care and the authority of the biblically qualified pastors that God has placed in that assembly.

2. WHAT IS OUR MEMBERSHIP COVENANT?  

  • Having put our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, and celebrated the new birth through water baptism, and affirming the Statement of Faith of Living Word Church, we desire as the body of Christ to enter joyfully into a covenant with one another.
  • We will work together, striving for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace
  • We will walk together as brothers and sisters in Christ, loving one another, encouraging one another, and praying for us all to continue to become conformed more perfectly into the image of the Lord Jesus.
  • We will commit to making the assembling of ourselves a priority for ourselves as individuals and our families.
  • We will rejoice with each other in happiness and we will, with tenderness and sympathy, care for those among us who are hurting. Our desire is to be the hands and feet of Christ to those who are fellow members of Living Word Church.
  • Finally, we will work together for the furtherance of the Gospel in our community, state, and around the world. We will strive side by side for the sake of the Gospel and the Glory of our Lord, the only one worthy of our full love and devotion.

3. HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF LIVING WORD CHURCH? 
To become a member, you must first complete our Growth Track classes. Upon completion of the classes, you will have an opportunity to meet with a pastor and further discuss the commitment of membership. Once you are member, we would love for you to begin serving the body of believers that God has called you to at Living Word Church!