We believe the Church of today should be:
According to the sacrificial model of Jesus, we will put the needs of others before ours.
John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Mathew 22:37-40“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
We will intentionally seek the building of the members of the church, seeking that the mature spiritual be careful of the weaknesses of the least mature, but at the same time helping the latter to grow in their maturity.
Ephesians 4:16 “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
1 Corinthians 12:7 “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
We will ask and wait for the Holy Spirit to offer His gifts to the church.
1 Corinthians 12:11 “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”
As the local church is being built, the kingdom of God is built.
Ephesians 4: 11-12 “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up”
Both inside and outside the church; we are the resource manager and not the master of resources; we will bless the needs both inside and outside (the community in which we live and any group of people who are called to plant another church similar to ours in vision).
1. Inside the church – locally and globally.
2 Corinthians 8:1-5 “And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.”
2. Outside the church – care for those in need.
James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Because “the Church is,” we are committed to:
- have the Bible as the only remedy for the apprentice’s life – 2 Timothy 3:16
- encourage each other and avoid gossip, defamation and false testimony – Ephesians 4:29, 1 Peter 2: 1
- watch over one another by biblically managing the possible conflicts – Matthew 18:15, 1 Peter 4: 8, 1 Thessalonians 5: 19-20, 1 Timothy 5:19
- tell the truth in grace / love – Ephesians 4:15 “believers in the truth, in love, we grow in every way, that we may reach out to him who is the Head, Christ.”
- serve each other through gifts and resources – Romans 12: 13, 1 Corinthians 12: 7
- respect the vision of our church (Mission, Values, Culture and Doctrine) and our common commitments (Amos 3: 3, Romans 16: 17)
- respect the vision (Mission, Values, Culture and Doctrine) of the churches we plan to be willing to offer spiritual support – Acts 14:23; Galatians 6: 1-2.