To glorify God through fellowship and loving ministry and by drawing others to Jesus. This statement encapsulates everything we do at Larnaka Community Church. It’s based on two main passages of Scripture: "Love the Lord your God.....: Love your neighbour as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 NIV
“Jesus said, `Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
From the first of these passages, known as the Great Commandment, we take the expressions “Love God with all your heart” - that’s worship, and “Love your neighbour as yourself” - that’s ministry.
Then from the second passage – The Great Commission – we are told to “Go and make disciples” – that’s evangelism; “Baptising them” – that’s incorporating into fellowship; and “Teaching them to obey everything” – that’s discipleship.
So we exist for these five reasons:
- To celebrate God’s presence. This is the number one purpose of the church, to celebrate God’s presence - in other words to worship Him
- To demonstrate God’s love through ministry
- To communicate God’s word by evangelism
- To incorporate God’s people into His family – this is fellowship
- To educate God’s people – this is discipleship
The Bible is the inspired word of God and the foundation of our faith. We believe the Apostles’ creed to be a most modest summation of that faith. We therefore band ourselves together as a body of believers in Jesus Christ, personally committed to proclaiming the good news of salvation to lost mankind.
In 1987, a group of expatriates living in Larnaca formed the Larnaka Community Church (LCC), under the auspices of the Greek Evangelical Church (GEC). Through various outreach initiatives, LCC has grown steadily and become an international fellowship with members and regular attendees from Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australasia.
The church acknowledges the Scriptures as its sole authority in matters of faith and practice. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but has a special relationship with the Greek Evangelical Church, Larnaka, under whose auspices it has legal standing. It is also a member of the Evangelical Alliance of Cyprus.