About Us When our church first started our logo was “Where Jesus is Lord and you are Loved.” We love Jesus more than anything on this earth and desire to be like Him. Jesus loves the rich, the poor, the upstanding citizen and the downtrodden. He doesn’t play favorites when folks come to Him and give their life to Him. We want as many people as possible to meet the Jesus of the Bible and serve Him with all their heart and experience that same kind of love in their everyday life. Where We Came From Our church started when founding Pastor John Petit felt a call to Watertown, NY in 1986 trusting God to bring him a wife and family as he obeyed Him with all his heart. A man named Ed was the first attendee. Ed, a former alcoholic found a place where he was loved and accepted as he learned about Jesus despite a former life filled with regret. Thankfully others came as well and like Ed found God’s grace at the cross. A fond memory of Ed is frequent request to sing the “Old Rugged Cross” as it reminded him of the Jesus’s great love for us and the gift of grace.
Where we are Headed? As we move forward in our history, we still desire that folks would see the love of Jesus in us and that we would allow God to use us as instruments both in our city and around the world to share the gospel of Christ through worship, praise, teaching and that through us the love of Jesus would shine and bring hope. What is the Bottom Line? Living Waters Fellowship is committed to foster a family built on the transforming power of Jesus Christ. We want to be the place “Where Jesus is Lord and you are loved” What does this mean to You? Most importantly you are always welcome at Living Waters Fellowship. No matter where your life’s journey has taken you, we are saving a seat for you.
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Many folks wonder when they first enter a church what that church believes. Sometimes that can take several weeks to find out and can be frustrating. Here is our Declaration of Faith which should help. We Believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is Profitable for Doctrine, for reproof, for instruction in Righteousness. II Timothy 3:16
In One True God eternally existing in the persons of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1 (note vs 26) Matthew 3:16-17, 11:25-27, 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14
All have sinned and that salvation is a work of grace wrought by faith in our hearts. Romans 3:25, 5:12, 6:23, 5:6-8, 10:9-10, I John 1:5-10, Ephesians 2:1-10
In Water Baptism by Immersion as prescribed by our Lord in Matthew 28:19
In the Lords Supper. I Corinthians 11:23-33
In the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in new tongues. Luke 24:49, John 14:15-17, Acts 1:4-8, 2:1-4
That Divine Healing was provided for in the atonement and i still for Believers today. Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17, I Peter2:24, James 5:13-15, Mark 6:13
In a real heaven and a real Hell. John 14:1-4, Luke 16:19-29, Revelation 20:11-15
Prayer. I Thessalonians 5:17, James 5:16
Tithing and Giving Malachi 3:8-12, II Corinthians 9
The Gifts of the Spirit I Corinthians 12 & 14
Working in Unity & Love Ephesians 4:1,3,11-13 John 15:12, 17:1-12, 1 John 2:3-11
His Soon Coming I Thessalonians 4:13-5-11
Pastor John graduated from the Free Gospel Bible Institute in 1979. He began pastoring while in his second year in 1977, in Barnesboro Pa. From there he took a few different assistant positions and also evangelized. In 1986 Pastor John came to Watertown, NY, and pioneered a church. In 1987 Pastor John married Ruth Whitmarsh. Pastor Ruth is a graduate of Valley Forge Christian College. They have been Pastoring together in the Church ever since. In 1993 the church went through a reformation process and relocated in the city a couple of times until acquiring our "New Home" on Purdy Ave. God blessed us with an old WWII Tank Factory, what was once used for this worlds wars, is now used for spiritual warfare. Previously space was often an issue, no place to grow, now we have plenty of space and are praying for the "Lord of the Harvest to send forth Laborers" We are praying for people of vision who can see past the natural, and can believe God for the "Impossible" which really is possible. Joshua is our assistant minister. He has a spirit of wisdom and is an able teacher with a love for the church. He has a willingness to take on big or small task with God's help. Joshua has a deisre for missions hoe and abroad and has traveled Restoration House in Russia several times. He has allowed these experiences to increase his desire for the youth of our nation as well.
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.