THE REASONS WHY WE OPERATE:
THE GREAT COMMISSION OF GLOBALLY MAKING DISCIPLES
BY MEANS OF...
THE AUTHORITATIVE SCRIPTURE
The Bible is God’s written revelation to man, equally inspired (God-breathed) in all parts verbally, thus, objective, propositional, and absolutely inerrant in the original documents. For this reason we affirm the Bible (66 books) is completely sufficient as our only infallible rule for life and church activity.
THE BLAMELESS SOWER
True consistent godliness that results in sacrificial surrender to God's Word is mandatory for the man of God to be a qualified evangelist. Evangelizing the world consists not merely of preaching the gospel itinerantly, but exemplifying it in one’s life. For the indigenous evangelist-preacher, they have the unique opportunity to display their lives up close to all natives for an extended period and to prove they sincerely believe what they are preaching. However, even when the foreign evangelists are faithful not only to preach the gospel but also to live it out temporarily, the impact is incredible. Once designated officers of elders and deacons are appointed—serving under Christ and over native disciples—the assembly can be autonomous and the blameless sower, native or foreign, can move on to new territory with continuing cooperation.
THE PROPER SEED
Biblical and effective missions can only be executed via itinerant disciple-making evangelism that possesses salvific power by means of evangelistic preaching. The gospel is the seed and preaching in the world—not invitations to the church— is the means of planting and watering. If the message is wrong, the mission is incompetent; if the method is abandoned the preaching is empty. Our message is that through the hearing or reading of the Word of God and the sovereign regeneration of the Spirit, man—with granted repentant faith in Christ—can have their sins forgiven. Because of the voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, and propitiatory redemption Christ achieved through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross, believers exclusively have the security of salvation and all the benefits therein.
THE GOOD SOIL
It is the role of the Holy Spirit—not the evangelist—to give assurance of secured salvation. The mission for the evangelist is to thoroughly preach the gospel to all soil (men), provide the evidence of saving faith, and patiently pray for growth, knowing that God is the One who provides the good soil (regenerated elect-men) and the growth (saving faith) the evangelist desires. Saving faith is never without a confession (acknowledgment) from the mouth of the receiver. Saving faith is repentant faith and will inevitably bring forth its confession both to the Lord and to the world. For this reason, we assure individuals of salvific faith if repentant and confessional.
THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBILITY
Though often pridefully neglected, prayer (both corporate and private) is a crucial and arguably primary need for the advancement of the Great Commission. Since making disciples is the great commissioning will of God, it is no surprise we see Jesus, in Matthew 6:9-10, praying for His [God's] will to be done on earth. During Jesus ministry on earth, He retreated on numerous occasions to beseech His Father and intercede for His sheep. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Paul says "pray without ceasing." And, in Matthew 9:37-38, Acts 4:29-30, and Colossians 4:3-4 we see the reasons why we are to pray; in Ephesians 3:8-14 we see the reason why Paul prayed. Above all, Jesus said, it is through prayer that we bear much fruit and so prove to be His disciples (John 15:7-8, 16). Without prayer, we cannot make disciples, but with prayer the impossible becomes possible. In nearly every great act of God, prayer was the prerequisite. The prayerful are not people who lose sleep uttering repetitive cliques', but those who communicate dependance, adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication, and intercession.
THE DISCIPLE'S WATER-BAPTISM
Baptism by immersion is the public confessional act of a believer showing forth their faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, their union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to a new life, and their assurance of the physical death of their fallen body to a glorified body like their Savior's. It is also the means of initiation, fellowship, and identification with a local and native church congregation. We acknowledge the bodily immersion of believers—in the Persons and Works of The Triune God—into a body of water as the ordinance of baptism and the means of initiation into local and congregational discipleship.
Discipleship does not end with belief in the God-Head, the persons therein and the work attributed to each person. Also, discipleship does not end after a believer is immersed in a body of water. Only when obedience to all that Jesus has taught is accomplished corporately by all men in the world, is the Great (Discipleship) Commision fulfilled. Within the context of indigenous local church assembling, having the Word exposited, and the Holy Spirit's empowerment, the disciple, can expect to progress in discipleship and witness the commision advance. The disciple's role as a new creation in Christ and His commission, is to war against their unredeemed flesh, employing God's sufficient provisions of fellowship within indigenous congregations, the literal, grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture and reliance upon the indwelling Holy Spirit's power.
NATIVE-CHURCH CONGREGATIONS CENTRAL
The Church is a unique universal spiritual organism (the body of Christ) created by Christ, made up of all regenerated believers in this present age. However, the pinnacle of Biblical missions is the establishment and continuity of autonomous, local, elder-led, and indigenous-church congregations. Indigenous local church assemblies are the manifestation of the universal church and disciples are commanded to associate themselves together in their local congregations. It is from these congregations that all pastor-teaching, edification, ordinances, discipline, fellowship, training and missions are to remain central for indigenous believers (I Timothy 3:14-15). For this reason, our missions communication of discipleship support is to remain from, towards, and within autonomous local churches, in accordance to the eternal plan of God (Ephesians 3:7-11, 20-21).
To learn more on other doctrinal positions we hold and teach, please view our doctrinal statement of faith.