Some of the things that we, as Christians, do in church may seem foreign to you if you have never been part of our church before. They may also be different than the church culture that you may have been raised in. While we believe that there are many customs and traditions that can be used to worship God together, here is a little bit about our Church DNA and why we do what we do.
Living Word Muskegon started as a church plant Bible Study in 1985. It was a product of the Word of Faith charismatic movement. As the church has evolved over the years, we are still a Full Gospel church, which means that we believe that the supernatural move of God via miracles, signs and wonders is not just part of the Bible but that it is still part of our lives today. We believe in being filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. We believe in expressing our love and devotion to God through praise and worship. We believe in coming together as a body of believers to hear the Word of God preached.
While we recognize that there are some that may be uncomfortable with more exuberant displays of spirituality, we encourage you to be open to allowing the Spirit of God to touch your heart. If any of the above terms are super confusing to you, feel free to drop us a line below and we would love to have a conversation with you to help explain or show what we mean. Better yet, come join us for a service and see our group of believers looks like as we live this out!
In the meantime, here are a few reasons why we express ourselves the way that we do:
Why do we clap our hands? Psalm 47:1 says, “Clap your hands all yea people and shout unto God with a voice of triumph.” We may also applaud God for His goodness to us, like we would for an entertainer or performer.
Why do we lift our hands? I Timothy 2:8 says, “So I want men to offer prayers in every place, lifting up holy hands without wrath or doubting.”
Why do we rejoice and get excited? Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, Rejoice!” Some people just get excited about what God has done in their lives, much like you may get excited while watching your favorite sports’ team.
Why do we dance? Psalm 149:3 says, “Let them praise His name in the dance.”
Why do some people go to the altar? James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” There are those that feel they are getting closer to God by coming to the altar to worship Him. By moving closer to the altar, it also helps to block out the distractions of those around us. Also, we see the example in scriptures of the Holy Altars of God being a place of sanctification, worship and honor.
We Believe (Statement of Belief)
1. That our God is triune in personality (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), yet one God. Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 3:16–17
2. That all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. II Timothy 3:16
3. That God’s people perish from a lack of His Word. Hosea 4:6
4. That the Word of God is alive and powerful, divides asunder the soul and spirit and joints and marrow, and discerns the thoughts and intents of our hearts. Hebrews 4:12
5. That by the hearing of God’s Word, faith comes to the believer. Romans 10:17
6. That faith is exercised by believing in the heart, confessing what one believes of the Word of God, and being a doer of the Word and not a hearer only. Mark 11:23, James 2:18
7. That through faith we have access to all the graces of God: salvation, water baptism, laying on of hands, baptism of the Holy Spirit, knowledge of His Word, answered prayer, and a personal relationship as a child of God. Romans 5:2, Matthew 9:29
8. That God wants all believers to be healthy and prosperous, and through His principle of giving and His law of sowing and reaping, we live under a more efficient economic system with God as our source and supply. III John 2, Matthew 6:31–33
9. That all believers have power over all the power of the enemy, and they are to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils, and preach the good news. Luke 10:19, Matthew 10:7–8
10. That the manifestation of the miraculous power of God is in the lives of all believers through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, through the fruit of the Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, and the obedience to His Word. 1 Corinthians 12:7–10, Galatians 5:22
11. That Christ is an overcomer—victorious, more than a conqueror, and thus as His body, we are the same through Him. Ephesians 1:19-23
12. That Christ is the Head of the Church, and all attention and Glory are directed to Him alone, and it is Christ whom we preach, praise, worship, and serve. Ephesians 1:22, John 12:32
13. That the Head of the Church has given apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry and that these are actual, literal offices functioning in the Church today. Ephesians 4:8, 11-12
14. That Christ will literally come again for His Church perfected, without spot or blemish, looking for faith in the lives of believers. Luke 18:8, Ephesians 5:27, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
15. That all will be judged: the saints for their works, the sinners to condemnation, and satan and all his demons to the Lake of Fire. 1 Corinthians 3:13-15, Revelation 20
16. That the saints, the bride of Christ, shall reign with Him forevermore. 1 Thessalonians 4:17
17. That all must be “born again” to enter the kingdom of God, to obtain His blessings, to have peace with God, and to meet Him in the air as His bride, without spot or blemish. This is done by believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead. Romans 10:9, John 3:3