THE MISSION OF OUR CHURCH IS TO BE DISCIPLES AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST
Jesus said “...I will build my church.” (Matthew 16:18). It's not up to us to build the church. Jesus has promised to do that. It's our job to follow the Lord's leading on how He wants to build the church. Our Mission Statement is about making disciples of Jesus Christ. It is achieved by concentrating on God's purposes.
We believe that discipleship is the process by which we concentrate on these five purposes:
Inspiring Worship, Needs-Oriented Evangelism, Christlikeness, Gift-Oriented Ministry & Community
The five biblical purposes are found throughout Scripture with the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19,20).
1. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). The biblical purpose here is Inspiring Worship.
2. “Love your neighbour as yourself'” (Matt 22:39). The biblical purpose here is Gift-Oriented Ministry.
3. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...” (Matthew 28:19). The biblical purpose here is Needs-Oriented Evangelism.
4. “Baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt 28:19). The biblical purpose here is Community.
5. “Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). The biblical purpose here is Christlikeness.
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OUR PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
The Philosophy of Ministry is our attempt to give a background to the Mission Statement, the Purposes of the Church and our Core Values. This philosophy is our rationale for all that we do. It helps describe our priorities and focus as a church.
THE FIVE PURPOSES
1. INSPIRING WORSHIP
We believe that we exist to worship God in our lives and church. Worship isn't primarily about us; worship is absolutely about God. In worship the whole person is involved - body, mind and spirit. Different worship styles will enable different people to worship God. There is no one right style. Our worship style will be contemporary and Seeker Sensitive. This means that we will worship in a way that brings glory to God and is understandable to our target group while also endeavouring to edify believers.
“You (God) are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel” (Psalms 22:3 NRSV).
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD” (Psalms 150:6).
“... true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth ...” (John 4:23)
“...worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water” ( Revelation14:7)
“As you come to him, the living Stone — rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him — you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:4,5)
2. GIFT-ORIENTATED MINISTRY
We believe that every believer is a minister, gifted by God for the benefit of his body. It's impossible for a believer not to minister. We seriously believe that one of our prime challenges is to help discover, implement and develop our spiritual gifts and minister in the areas God intends.
“But you are ... a royal priesthood, ... that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
We are to be,“a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). This is our call to ministry.
We're also responsible for how the gifts are used.“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
3. NEED-ORIENTED EVANGELISM
We believe that the salvation of individuals is a life and death issue. People are important to God and so they're important to us. We must look at people through Christ's eyes and be used by God for their salvation. We do not pay lip service to reaching the unchurched. It's a life and death issue for the lost and it is a life and death issue for our church. If we don't witness, our church will die. The five purposes occur best within community.
We believe that the pursuit of full devotion to Christ and His cause is normal for every believer. Reflecting Christ's character is to be the overriding passion of every Christian. Followers of Christ desire continuous growth. This includes personal authenticity, character, wholeness, stewardship and servanthood. Our desire is to attain “to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).
We believe that loving relationships are built on the foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Within such community, worship, evangelism, discipleship and ministry work best.
“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).
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OUR CORE VALUES
We accept with our lives the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. We acknowledge Him as the Head of the church. which is His body through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is our privilege to fully devote ourselves to a life of passionate Christ centred spirituality. All else that happens flows from this centre of our lives and church.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).
“...so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:21).
“...Christ is the head of the church...” (Ephesians 5:23).
LOVE ACCEPTANCE AND FORGIVENESS
We believe it's our privilege to share the same love, acceptance and forgiveness Christ shows to others, no matter who they are or what the circumstances.
“Love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31).
“we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God” (Acts 15:21).
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).
The issue of methodology and structure is important to understand. We've tried to simply articulate our understanding of these issues and demonstrate how they'll impact our church.
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We believe in relevance without compromise. While the message of the gospel must never be compromised, the methods used to communicate this truth may vary in order to increase the effectiveness of the message. In doing this we are following the Incarnational model of Jesus Christ. Therefore we'll study our target culture, and with excellence, endeavour to be relevant and still biblical.
“... we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” (Acts 15:19, NIV).
“... I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Cor 9:22, NIV).
We are to be like the“men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do” (1 Chronicles 12:32, NIV).
We believe that excellence honours God and inspires people. This includes the concepts of evaluation, and critical review.
“if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8, NRSV).
“...Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things” (Matt 25:21).
We believe that the church should be led by men and women with leadership gifts. We emphasise leadership development involving servant leadership, accountability, vision casting and strategic planning. Mentoring and coaching are essential if leadership is to be empowering.
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them” (Romans 12:6, NKJV).
The Bible tells us that those with the spiritual gift of leadership should “lead with diligence” (Romans 12:8, NKJV).
Spiritual gifts are “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry," and for “the edifying of the body of Christ” ( Eph 4:12, NKJV).
The following statements correspond with our five biblical statements.
We believe that transforming someone into being a fully devoted follower of Christ is a process not just an event. Someone changing from being totally secular to being a fully devoted follower of Christ does so over time and through a process. Our strategy then will emphasise time and process in the transformation of individuals.
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow” (1Corinthians 3:6).
We believe that multiplication is God's method of growth. As part of our DNA, we as a church encourage by all that we do the multiplication of holistic small groups, ministries, new evangelistic methods and the birthing of new churches.
“And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly.” (Acts 6:7)
“We can say with utter honesty that in all our dealing we have been pure and sincere...” (2 Corinthians 1:12)
“Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up..” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
HOLISTIC SMALL GROUPS
We believe that holistic small groups are the church during the week. They are places where individuals live life together in community and in so doing, grow closer to God, closer to each other and closer to the community in which they live. Small groups offer a safe environment where the purposes and core values can be practiced and refined.
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:46-47)
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