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

Changed Lives

You Can Know God

You can know God as your caring heavenly Father. He has a wonderful plan for your life. You can experience His special presence, His guidance and His enabling power to do His will. You can know the peace of God that passes all understanding, His joy, His righteousness, and the promise of being with Him forever in His everlasting kingdom.

Just as we were born into our natural family with characteristics of our parents, the only way to become a member of God’s family is to be born into it. Thank God through His Son Jesus, we can spiritually be born again into His family with His nature. 

 

The New Birth through Jesus Christ

Jesus called this new birth experience being born from above and being born of the Spirit. Jesus made it clear that unless a man is born again, he cannot see or enter the kingdom of God. (See John 3:3-5)

God spoke by the prophet Ezekiel describing the new birth this way: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)

God also describes it like this: “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.” (Hebrews 8:10,11)

God’s work within us through the new birth can make us what we never thought possible. The Bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17)

This new birth is possible because God sent His Son Jesus to die to pay the price for our sins. He then rose from the dead to be a savior to all who repent and follow Him. The Bible says, “…And (they) killed the Prince of life (Jesus), whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” (Acts 3:15) The Word of God also says, “And that he died for all, that they who live should no longer live unto themselves, but unto him who died for them, and rose again.” (II Corinthians 5:15)

 

Repentance and the Forgiveness of Sins

The transformation that God does in us begins when we repent. To repent means to turn around. It means a turning from our old life, a forsaking of our own way and a turning to God by faith.

Jesus said, “Repent: for the kingdom of God is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17b) The Bible also says that God “…commandeth all men everywhere to repent.” (Acts 17:30b)

When we give our lives to Christ to follow Him, He forgives our sins. We are then released from the penalty of sin – eternal separation from Him.

The Bible makes it clear that there is no forgiveness without repentance when it says, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” (Acts 3:19a)

The Lord gives us power to live for Him. Jesus said, “You shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you and you shall be witnesses of me.” (Acts 1:8)

The Bible also says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-25)

Those that truly are God’s children obey Him. Jesus said, “..If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.” (John 14:23.24)

 

Saved from the Penalty of Eternal Damnation

Jesus is the Judge. If we don’t have Him as our Savior, we will be found guilty of rejecting His salvation. This is made clear when the Bible says, “…the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;” (2 Th 1:7b-9)

 

Turn to the Lord Today and Begin Your New Life in the Lord

Commit your life to following Jesus, ask Him to forgive you, and to give you a new heart and to fill you with His Spirit. The Word of God promises that “…whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Declare your commitment to follow Jesus. The Bible says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)

A relationship with the Lord requires devoting time and effort. The Bible exhorts followers to pray often, as when it says, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…” (Eph 6:18)

The Bible must be an essential part of our life. Here is what the Bible says about itself: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein…” (Joshua 1:8a) The Bible also speaks to the new believer and says, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby…” (1 Peter 2:2).

God’s plan for you is to encourage others and be encouraged by your participation in a local Bible-believing church. The Bible speaks of its importance when it says: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25).

Remember that this is a life-long commitment. The Bible says that “…he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13).

An explanation of the born again salvation experience is found in many parts of the Bible especially the Gospel of John. Read this Gospel to find out more about the Savior.

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

Living Word Academy

Over the years, Pastor Robert J. Mazur of Living Word Church has expressed God’s love and concern for both the brethren and the unsaved in many ways. The following are a few comments by “Bro. Bob” taken from TV messages and other preachings: “Matthew 12:46 reads: While he (Jesus) yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Verses 48, 49, and 50 go on to say: But he answered and said unto him that told him, ‘Who is my mother? And who are my brethren?’ And He stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, ‘Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.’

We Have An Extended Family in Christ

“Here, Christ is not rejecting His earthly mother and brothers and sisters, but rather is bringing forth a great lesson of a true benefit in the Kingdom of God. You see, Christ did not grow up in the same household with these individuals who were now His disciples. They were not related to Him, not born in the same family, but Jesus Christ was saying, ‘Look, here’s my family, behold my mother and my brethren, my family.’ The disciples followed Him at a time when His own brethren and relatives did not believe in Him. Christ was speaking of His ‘spiritual family’, a family extended, a family available to every believer who follows after the Savior.

“I say that one of the greatest blessings that we all have is an extended spiritual family that we never had before in our lives. Christ was not claiming that He did not love His parents and family. In fact, the life that Jesus Christ puts within you gives you more love and patience, a greater ability to love your relatives than before. I know I myself am blessed in my extended spiritual family. In my work, and in the call of God in my life, I love and cherish this family He has given me. 

Doing the Will of God Together

“Something happens between people when they have that common desire, goal, will, and love – doing the will of God together. Because Christ becomes the common denominator, He plunges together in Himself, in a bond of love, people of different ages, cultural background, languages, color, habits, and lifestyles.

“We call each other ‘brother’ and ‘sister’, which is scripturally sound, as this is how believers addressed each other in the early Church. Upon Salvation, we discover that we become brethren, and because we have the same goals, we find that a bonding takes place, which we can’t explain.

“This does not replace the natural love and friendship we have for our parents or siblings, but, on the other hand, an extended family is very necessary for a healthy, vibrant, Christian experience and growth. Without it, one wavers, struggles, and has a difficult time in his Christian experience, not seeing the potential of God to the fullest in his life.

“Bro. Bryan Rocine, our Associate Pastor, is like a son to me. I feel the responsibility of a spiritual father to him and I love him dearly, but that love does not take the place of the love I have for my own sons and daughters.

“…Bro. Bryan and others, with myself, work together in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a bond of family, a real relationship that is healthy and is to be coveted, protected and desired. 

Christianity Is Not a Solitary, Lonely Experience

“I like the way God said in Psalm 68:6, ‘God setteth the solitary in families…’ God is concerned about those who are without family and alone. He does not want ‘lone rangers’, or people to be alone in their Christian experience. In 1 Corinthians 12:18, the Lord says through the Apostle Paul’s writing, ‘But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him.’ It is God’s desire and will to place every believer in a family as it pleases Him. The problem is, we have to cooperate with Him. It has been my experience that many times people want to be alone in their Christian experience. Some Christians never find themselves where God wants them, and find themselves short-circuited and not growing in the grace of God.

“One of the evidences of being properly placed in a spiritual family atmosphere is finding yourself in a close love relationship, caring for and being concerned with brethren. The Apostle Paul called the Church family in Ephesians 3:15, ‘…the whole family in heaven and earth…’

The Great Commission

“I would like to emphasize another thrust in which this particular work has been involved since its beginnings. Chapter 14 of Luke records a lesson the Master taught about a Great Supper to which many people were invited. When the lord of the house sent his servant out at dinner time, however, those who were invited declined, making up ridiculous excuses why they wouldn’t come. Verse 21 is not only a command for that servant, but also a commission for us from the Lord Himself: ‘…Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.’

“Now the Living Word Church is a second, even a third generation organism, and we place great emphasis on passing the faith on to our children. But our job goes far beyond our own relatives and descendants. We have to be concerned about others as well. Yes, we have a responsibility to nurture our next generation, but we also realize the necessity and importance of going out and seeking those who are broken and maimed. They are just as important and valuable in God’s sight as our own offspring. We must never forget The Great Commission in our lives to get the Word out to the downtrodden and to those in bondage. God’s great work is the salvation of souls. Therefore, we must be unencumbered and unhindered in our efforts in getting

the Gospel out to the lost.

“I thank God for the opportunity to have access to that Great Supper with the Lord. We can finish the race as a family along with many others who are broken and humbled, who are eagerly seeking, wanting, and accepting the Word of God.

“I thank God for the opportunity to have access to that Great Supper with the Lord. We can finish the race as a family along with many others who are broken and humbled, who are eagerly seeking, wanting, and accepting the Word of God.

“May God bless you and keep you, stir your hearts to serve Him, and make you a part of the family of God.” 

“May God bless you and keep you, stir your hearts to serve Him, and make you a part of the family of God.”