We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, which “is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
“We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into the Place of the Dead; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Universal Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.”
We choose not to debate the fine points of doctrine or personal opinions. As long as one adheres to the unchangeable truth of the Word of God as presented in the creed above, and is willing to submit to Biblical teaching, that person will be a welcome participant in the ministry of Landstown Community Church.
Twelve Foundational Core Values
The Bible is God’s Word. It outlines the standard by which our attitudes and behavior are to be measured. The challenge is to always bring our lives up to the standard of Truth and not adjust the standard of Truth to line up with our lives. Biblical standards of conduct supersede all other social and cultural standards.
The church is a place to belong. It is like an extended family where each member is responsible to and for one another in accountable relationships. Members of the church care for and serve one another in an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and forgiveness and live their lives together in both small and large group settings.
The pastoral eldership team has the freedom and responsibility to lead the church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ who is the head of the church. A presiding elder gives overall direction to the eldership and is responsible to manage the daily activities of the congregation. Instead of doing the entire ministry, elders are responsible to train and equip people and release them to engage in their callings and ministries.
Lives are transformed by the renewing of our minds. More than simply knowing about God and the Bible, we must personally know Him in an intimate, transparent relationship where we experience forgiveness of sin, freedom from past hurts, and healing of brokenness in our lives through the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit.
Every Member a Minister
Every member, including youth and children, is to be actively involved in ministering to one another to build up the local body of Christ. In order for this to happen, each member is encouraged to pursue a path of discipleship thus equipping him or her in his or her gifting and call. Through spiritual gifts and the power of God, each person is a vessel of love, care, and healing.
Through worship we bless God and minister to Him. We praise Him for who He is through singing, other worshipping arts, and the spoken word. Our worship services include celebration, adoration, proclamation, and exultation.
Prayer is the foundational work of the church. In prayer, we discover and are led to accomplish the purpose of God in our life, family, church, community, nation and world. Our need to pray reminds us that the vision of God and the work of the kingdom are beyond our own ability to bring to pass and that without His help we can accomplish little.
The tithe (10% of one’s income) is the foundation of Biblical giving. Tithes are given to and distributed by the local church. Faith-promise giving for missions, sacrificial-giving for facilities and compassion-giving for the needy are above and beyond the tithe. While the tithe is given out of obedience to God, offerings beyond the tithe are optional and are to be given according to ability and desire.
As God’s children, we are called to walk by faith and not by sight. We are led by the direction of the Holy Spirit and the instructions of God’s Word. We therefore value hearing God’s voice, obeying His directives, and applying the Word of God to our daily lives.
Work of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has been given to empower the church to fulfill the purpose and claim the destiny for which God has created us. We value the Holy Spirit’s presence and power in every celebration gathering, cell meeting and personal relationship.
The main focus of the church is to be outward rather than inward. The local congregation is the main tool God uses to bring transformation to communities. Reaching out to others is not simply one of the things we do, but the focus of everything we do as a church. Extending the kingdom of God both at home and around the world must be at the forefront of our minds in every decision we make.
Working together as a local body of Christ is essential if we are to accomplish the tasks that God has for us. We value relationships with other local congregations and ministries who are like-minded. We share common vision, values, objectives, and distinctives as local congregations as well as with the broader Restoration Network International.