To share the Word with the unchurched and win cities and nations with the love of Jesus!
"Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." (Eph 4.13)
"The Lord... is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (2Pet 3.9)
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3.16)
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." (Mat 24.14)
To seek holiness permanently, e. i., have our spirit constantly undefiled!
"It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, and we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.” (1Tss 4.3-8).
“Make effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the Grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexual immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterwards, as you know, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.” (Heb 12.14-17)
To cause no embarrassment, except due to love and the covenant with God!
"For the love of Christ constrains us..." (2Cor 5.14) (MKJV)
"...not reluctantly or under compulsion…" (2Cor 9.7)
"... Neither do I condemn you..." (John 8.11)
To be a ministry in which all the disciples can prosper, and even get rich materially speaking, wholly in the blessing of the God of Israel, and without any felling of guilt!
“Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.” (Gen 13.2)
“One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.” (Pr 13.7)
“Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.” (Pro 22.2)
“As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.” (Mat 27.57).
To be a community labeled by its simplicity!
"... be ... harmless (simple) as doves." (Mat 10.16) (KJV+Strong)
"...do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them." (Mat 23.3-4)
"The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." (Mat 23.11-12)
To raise the life standard of our community!
"The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so they might have live, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10.10) (MKJV)
"... The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work." (1John 3.8)
"A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God." (Ecc 2.24)
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody." (1Ts 4.11-12)
Strengthen family relationships!
"However, each one of you must also love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." (Eph 5.33)
"Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right." (Eph 6.1)
"Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." (Eph 6.4)
These are some of the core values for us, Disciples of the Lord Jesus, in the International Ministry of the Saviour!
To have a primary commitment with the essence of worship, that is to bring lives to the Lord of Savation!
"Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem. Jesus declared, ... Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth…
... Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ? They came out of the town and made their way toward him. Meanwhile his disciples urged him, Rabi, eat something. But he said to them, I have food to eat that you know nothing about. Then his disciples said to each other, Could someone have brought him food? My food, said Jesus, is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
Do you not say, Four months more and then the heavest? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying One sows and another reaps is true. I sent you to reap where you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, He told me everything I ever did. So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers.
They said to the woman, We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world…" (John 4.20-24 e 29-42)
To be conscious of our imperfection!
"When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, if any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." (John 8.7)
"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us." (1John 1.8)
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Rom 3.23)
Our reference is not in the past, but in the present and the future with Christ!
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2Cor 5.17)
"Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies." (Rom 8.33)
"THEREFORE, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for those who do not live according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." (Rom 8.1)
To trust the grace of the Lord Jesus alone for our eternal salvation!
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast." (Eph 2.8-9)
"Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God." (Rom 5.2)
To be commited to a continuous improvement!
"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Mat 5.48)
"When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? On hearing this, Jesus said, It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what it means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." (Mat 9.11-13)
"For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me." (1Cor 13.9-11)
To be fulfilled by the service that transcends our humanity!
"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness." (Phil 2.5-7)
"There are differences of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are differences of workings, but it is the same God working all things in all. But to each one is given the showing forth of the Spirit to our profit." (1Cor 12.4-7) (NKJV)
To discern Christ corporatively!
"For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." (Eph 4.12) (NKJV)
"... Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the savior." (Eph 5.23)
"The body is a unity, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ." (1Cor 12.12)
"Now the body is not made up of one part but of many." (1Cor 12.14)
"Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification." (Rom14.19)
"So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church." (1Cor 14.12)
To have a covenant with the local Church!
"If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Mat 18.17-18)
"For everyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself." (1Cor 11.29)
"not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins," (Heb 10.25-26) (NKJV)
To take up the responsibility of expanding the Lord Jesus’ Kingdom!
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," (Mat 28.19)
To cooperate with Christian churches in the purpose of the New Covenant in Christ Jesus!
"For we are God’s fellow workers;..." (1Cor 3.9)