What’s in a name? In our case, quite a lot! Our church’s full name is Living Word Canadian Reformed Church – keep on reading to see how our name helps define who we are!
Living Word describes the role of the Bible as a living part of our lives and references our saviour Jesus Christ. John 1 beautifully describes Christ as the Word:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
A little later we read:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
We are Canadian, meaning that we have been given the opportunity and the responsibility to preach the Gospel in our great country. We serve in this beautiful land with the mission to act as a welcoming light and preserving salt.
Reformed refers back to the Great Reformation of the sixteenth century when the Church returned to the Bible as the rule for all of life.
God’s Church is the assembly of believers and their children. It is preserved and supported by God the Father through God the Son, Jesus Christ, who gathers and guides the Church by his Spirit and Word. The true Church is known by:
- the pure preaching of the gospel,
- the pure administration of the sacraments of baptism and Lord’s Supper, and
- the faithful application of church discipline.