Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

About the Church

Our Father’s Business

Even as a boy, at the age of 12, Jesus Christ knew “that I must be about my Father’s business…” (Luke 2:49). When the religious establishment found fault with Christ for healing a cripple, who then carried his bed on the Sabbath day, Christ replied, My Father worketh hitherto and I work” (John 5:17). He also said, “I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day…” (John 9:4). Of all the parables Jesus Christ gave, most have to do with work of one kind or another.

Is Jesus Christ still working today, and if so, what is He doing? The answer is found in something He said while still here on earth, “…I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Our Lord is definitely not on vacation; His business today and throughout the Church age is to build up, strengthen, edify His Church, and to jealously protect it from the onslaught of evil pouring forth from the gates of hell. Throughout this website we have introduced you to the varied ministries and some of the people of the Church of the Living Word. Hopefully, our goals have become evident from the things on which we do and do not put emphasis.

For one thing, you haven’t read about “fund raising activities.” You won’t see appeals for your money on this site. In fact, a basket is never passed at any service.

Nor do we have “support groups” for every addictive behavior and grievous circumstance in life. Christ sets men free from sin, and His Body, the Church, functions as a whole in ministering to the emotional and practical needs of its members. (Romans 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12:25-26) Living Word Church is not a promotional “booking agency” for rock concerts, magic shows, and other acts on the entertainment circuit. Our fellowship is not a “political staging ground” for social activism and bids for public office. Christ told Pontius Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world; if My kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight…” (John 18:36).

Folks don’t come to Living Word because of a promise to “get rich quick” or “have a good time”. What we are is a local Christian Church, working together to know and to do God’s will for our lives, nothing more and nothing less. And we’re in it for the long haul – until He returns again in Glory. We don’t believe in working for our salvation; but we certainly believe in working it out. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 2:12)