Who We Are
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Let us start off by saying that we are all sinners saved by grace, and as the Lead Pastor here at Love In The WORD Church, that makes me the Lead Sinner! Oh……!! that doesn’t sound very inviting or welcoming! SMILE! Let us try this another way! As the Lead Pastor at Love In The WORD, God has called me to represent a group of believers like me who are REAL people struggling and seeking to balance their fleshly sins with God’s TRUE purpose in our lives! Romans 3:23 states that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” This tells me that we are ALL alike – the preacher and the parishioner, those overcoming their sin and those swimming in their blessings!
So who are we? We are ALL the same! Some of us are fat and others are slender! Some of us are brown and others of us are mocha latte. Some of us need the sun to keep people from being able to see through us and others smile in the darkness so that we can light the way! (You will get that later and laugh!) Some of us are in bondage to our flesh and others of us walk in the freedom of our spirit. The REAL TRUTH is that though different, we are ALL the SAME – an eternal spirit wrapped in a temporal or temporary frame – a sort of human popsicle! Move on preacher! Okay! My point is that who we are is a group of Christians (followers or disciples of Jesus Christ) that KNOW that the Bible is the never-wrong WORD of God and that there is so much more that makes us alike than that which makes us different!
We are a group of believers that see all of mankind as Family and that even though the WORD talks about Heaven and Hell, blessings and “cursings”, the clear foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is Love. “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love” [1 Cor 13:13]. We are a group of Christians that are inclusive of other styles of praise and worship that are not like our own. I was talking for the first time to a Christian lawyer about WHO we are and he wrote this back to me in an email.
“I very much appreciate your heart for the unified Body no matter the ecclesiastical perspective. There is too much mission work to be done outside the Church (and forces coming against the Church) to have divisions within the Church. I believe we all can use a good reading through 1 Corinthians 1:10 ("I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”). Cheers to what Love in the Word Church is and will be doing!” [Harrison Smith, email, 4/2/2019]
Who we are is a group of Christian believers in Christ Jesus that allows others the right to worship whoever and whatever they please as long as it does not deny others the same right to know and preach that “I [Jesus] am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” [John 14:6 NLT] We are a group of Christians just preaching the WORD of God that we see in the Bible and letting the WORD do the work! We are not responsible for the “change” in others. In fact, we can’t even change ourselves, without help from God. “I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.” [1 Cor 3:6-9, italics added] The point is that Love In The WORD is modeled after the primitive, apostolic church (with a technology twist!) that continued after the resurrection of Jesus from the cross. So if you call Jesus Lord, then we are “fellow believers”, no matter what sin permeate each of our lives because we are ALL sinners!
Who we are, are Christians who don’t look down our noses at the cultures, customs, and doctrines of other followers who call Jesus Lord, because we do not agree in all points of our doctrine. We serve Jesus Christ and preach that He is the Only way to Heaven, but we will sacrifice our lives for you to have the right to worship Buddha, Mohammed, etc, if that is your choice! We choose Jesus and we will not change our love for you because you choose NOT to! Like God, we LOVE the Sinner while hating sin! Yes even our own sin, for ALL have sinned…………! You know the rest! We are inclusive, not exclusive! “John said to Jesus, ’Teacher, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he wasn’t in our group.’ “Don’t stop him!” Jesus said. “No one who performs a miracle in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us. If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded.“ [Mrk 9:38-41]. This is Who we at Love In The WORD strive to be! This is Who We Are!
None of us like “everything” that we hear in our teachings, readings, or preaching. We are not supposed to like everything. Conviction from the Holy Spirit is how we learn to repent and “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” [Phil 2:12d KJV] before the Lord. So what? Sin is sin to God! One sin is not different from another, except the unpardonable sin spoken of by Jesus. “So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven.” [Matt 12:31 NLT]. God still loves us, no matter what sin possesses us! “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” [Rom 5:8 NLT). So what does this mean? At Love In The WORD we focus NOT on condemning HOW people are living their lives, we focus on teaching the WORD and on developing a “personal and intimate” relationship with Jesus so that the WORD has the chance to do the WORK of transforming lives and saving souls!
Leadership MUST be living NOT a perfect life, but an exemplary life! Everyone can serve in God’s church, but everyone is not ready to lead! “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” [Phil 4:8-9]. So a person living in an unlawful relationship is no different than a person living in a lawful relationship and cheating on his/her spouse. Neither is living an exemplary life and neither is ready for leadership!
But regardless HOW we live, God still loves us and so we WILL love ALL others WELL! This is Who We Are!
What We Believe
We attest that God inspired our Articles of Faith for Love In The WORD Church and you can read and study those Articles via a pop up window that displays them. Even though some of the words are intentionally theological, please do not let that keep you from reading our Articles and then asking God to confirm or deny our assertion.
Our name and logo was designed to keep our core values straight at all times during the life of this Church. Love is the basis of the Gospel and the WORD (the only one who could ever fulfill the Davidic Covenant found in 2 Sam 7) is our Advocate, King, and High Priest. To us, purple is the heart of God because it represented royalty in biblical times and still does to us today! Out of the heart of Jesus which can be seen in both testaments of the Bible, we see the heart of humanity (red) being transformed by the cross and the risen Lord Jesus! That being said, we assert that the Bible is the WORD of God and that its meaning is never in error and it never tires when defending its precepts or principles. In fact, if a Bible verse as interpreted conflicts with another verse, we believe that our meaning is in error and we must “harmonize” our interpretation with the entirety of the Bible to apply its meaning correctly. Just as it is the Law, not Laws, of Moses, the Bible is the WORD, not Words, of God. What we draw from this point is that God is eternal and never changing so if the Israelites were expected to keep every one of the 600+ laws to keep the Law, we as modern-day saints (followers) of Christ, must keep the WORD in its entirety. We are not ALLOWED to change the Bible’s meaning to justify sin in our lives. The Bible is our standard and being a standard, by definition, means it NEVER changes!
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
[Mat 5:17-19 KJV]
We believe that to God all sin is sin and that we are ALL sinners saved by grace [see Rom 3:23]. That means that the pastor or shepherd is just like the sheep and that the Church is a hospital where people come to get well. The Love of God is unconditional, but salvation IS conditional on a confession of the Lord Jesus Christ. [see Rom 10:9] God still loves those who He, not us, will send to Hell because only grace can keep mercy from robbing justice! Grace comes from the cross and the Risen Lord Jesus. “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” [Matt 28:18] and at the stoning of Stephen in Acts, the WORD says that he looked up and saw “Jesus sitting in the place of honor on the righthand of the Father.” [Acts 7:55] So while we love everyone, we must preach the Full Gospel without apology. We will need to love everyone, but not everyone that loves us or that we love will be allowed in heaven! Revelations clearly states that we must all stand on our own to be judged, BY GOD’s council, for Heaven or Hell according to our works while yet in the flesh [Rev 20:11-13]. We believe that if we are sharing the Gospel in full to all, if we are loving well, the hearer will always hear and feel our love and any conviction to change is coming from the WORD and not us! Our job is to Love Others Well! Let the WORD do the work! So ALL are welcome!
We believe in a real Heaven and a real Hell and a real Zion coming to the earth and that sin is being out of the will of God. Upon confession (statement) of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Paul, we are justified which means made in right standing with God due to the original sin or the Fall of Adam and Eve. Once that confession happens, we’re brought from unclean (evil and sinful) to clean. The progress does not stop here because the Lord in Leviticus states emphatically that we are to be holy because He is Holy [Lev 11:44]. The process of going from clean (good) to holy is called sanctification and is a “process”, not a statement, and Paul describes this principle throughout the Book of Romans. So applied to todays life, if we confess Jesus, no matter who we are or how we are living, we are saved from the effects of eternal damnation due to the original sin (justified) [Rom 10:9], but we are expected to continue to “set ourselves apart” (sanctify) [Rom 1:7; 12:1, NIV]. Paul alludes to another salvation “set before him that was nearer than when we first believed” [Rom 13:11, NIV]. This is the principle of crossing into glorification which happens for many at the Second Advent of Jesus as He enters His Kingdom here on earth to fulfill the Davidic Covenant as the Son of God, the Son of man, the Son of David, High Priest, and King found in II Sam 7.
We believe that God gave all humanity free will! So everyone must be free to choose how and when they worship God. If someone has another faith altogether, we are not released from the two greatest commandments of loving God and neighbor! So we see that there is no physical difference between the believer and the non-believer. We are all sinners, but there IS a spiritual difference in that the believer is made new [2 Cor 5:17 NIV] and this difference counts [Gal 6:15 NIV]. So our duties as members of Christ’s Church is to share our faith with, our love for, and care for all humanity while hating even our own sin!
We do not believe in “church membership” in any particular church. We, upon confession, are already members of Christ’s Church and therefore citizens of heaven. There is no further need for another membership, so believers should feel free to go and come as they please and participate with any other part of the Church or Body of Christ, regardless of its name and public personae. We call our participants in the covenant here at Love In The WORD “family” to bring constant attention to our unity rather than our diversity. Therefore, we focus our attention daily on the “Love of God, the WORD of God, and the Care of God”!
We believe in the movements and working of the Holy Spirit still today and that revelation for ourselves and others in still active and very present on the earth. Therefore, we believe in the speaking in tongues in the decency and order explained in the WORD [1 Cor 14]. We believe that the Holy Spirit is often sidelined today and that it is essential to the process of sanctification and the “proper” application of the WORD to our daily lives. We believe that while praise is an attitude and posture that takes on many forms, worship is found in how we interface with God’s creation. We worship and honor God when we help a neighbor or care for the widow or the fatherless. We worship and honor God when we are honest with our dealing with humanity and when we honor God’s gift of free agency and free will to humanity. We will not speak ill of other people’s faith or worship styles, we will stand on Bible principles and our purpose to expose and oppose Satan and his followers at every turn and through the power of the WORD, LOVE, and Tolerance!
THIS IS THE BASIS OF WHAT WE BELIEVE!
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