Founded in 1980, Living Word Christian Center is a nondenominational church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, led by Pastors Mac and Lynne Hammond. Through its various ministries and outreaches, Living Word has brought over one million souls into the kingdom of God. With nearly 10,000 current members, its vision for the future remains the same: reach people, touch lives, and make a difference.
On November 12, 1980, Mac and Lynne Hammond stood before a gathering of 12 individuals in a small meeting room at the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth, Minnesota. There, a vision was shared along with the Word of God. On that day, Living Word Christian Center was born.
One year later, church attendance had grown to 150 and meetings were moved to North Hennepin Community College. In 1984, the congregation moved to the site that would be its home for the next 15 years, an office park on Aspen Lane in Brooklyn Park. Finally, in the spring of 1998, after much prayer, effort and corporate sacrifice, Living Word moved into its present home, a beautiful facility at 9201 75th Avenue North in Brooklyn Park. A church body of more than 7,000 members made that glorious move.
The broad vision articulated on that Sunday morning in 1980 has changed very little in the many intervening years. Many parts of it have been realized. Other parts are now coming into manifestation. Much remains to be prayed out and walked out.
At the core of that vision is a heart to reach the Twin Cities and beyond with the life-transforming love of Jesus Christ. It’s a vision more and more individuals each week are making their own by becoming a part of the exciting and close-knit family at Living Word Christian Center.
The Old and New Testaments are the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. In the Word, we find the revelation of God’s eternal and unchanging will for men of all ages. The Word is the divine and final authority for the Christian life.
There is one God, the creator of all things, who is infinitely perfect and eternally existent in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the union of God and man. He is true God and true man, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and is presently seated at the right hand of the Father as our high priest and advocate.
Man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin, which resulted in his spiritual death and separation from God. Only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. This process of regeneration, referred to as being “born again” in the Word, takes place through a combination of faith and confession. As a person makes the decision to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and confesses with his mouth the lordship of Jesus in his life, a miracle of regeneration by the Holy Spirit takes place. A new Christian is born into the kingdom of God. For him, old things are passed away and all things are new.
Water baptism and communion are ordinances to be observed by the church during the present age. They are not, however, to be confused with or regarded as a means of salvation. The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only grounds for justification and salvation.
The present day ministry of the Holy Spirit is to comfort and guide the believer, with the final purpose of glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ in the earth. During this age, He indwells, guides, instructs, and empowers the believer for godly living and service. Every believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit, with speaking in tongues as the initial physical evidence.
Every born again, spirit-filled believer should maintain a consistent prayer life by praying regularly with their understanding and in their heavenly language.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6) The Word tells us that the “just [those who have been justified by the blood of Jesus] shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17) The redemptive work of Jesus not only provided salvation for the believer, but also healing and prosperity for our spiritual, soulish, and physical man. We are redeemed from the curse of the law – poverty, sickness, oppression, and any other thing that prevents us from fulfilling His plan. Our lives can be prosperous and healthy in every realm as we walk in the light of this redemption by faith in God’s Word.
The universal church is composed of all those who are born again. Through the new birth, we are united together in the body of Christ. Jesus Christ is the Lord and head of the church, and has provided leadership for the local church through the ministry gifts, which only He can give. Every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
The premillenial second coming of Jesus Christ is two-part in nature; He will come in the air to resurrect the righteous dead and catch away the living saints; He will then come to the earth to establish His physical kingdom, and begin His thousand-year reign.
There will be a bodily resurrection of the dead — the believer to everlasting joy with the Lord and the unbeliever to judgment and eternal punishment.