PHILOSOPHY OF THIS MINISTRY
Colossians 1:27-29 is the key verse for the basis of this ministry. Having an understanding that the Lord has revealed His riches and glory in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ to His saints; that we earnestly work and preach, warn and encourage every person we come in contact with to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The ministry of the Word involves public proclamation, private instruction, and personal example. In all of these, we must seek to unfold the whole counsel of God. Public proclamation involves preaching and teaching the Word of God to the people of God. Through the empowering of the Holy Spirit, we herald the very Word of Christ to His people and the world. Through careful exegesis and study of the text coupled with an in-depth knowledge of his people’s strengths, struggles, and lives, we labor to bring every text to bear on those who hear in order that they might know and see Christ more clearly.
The systematic teaching and preaching of God’s word (Titus 1:3) must be delivered without fear or favor (Jer. 1:8; Prov. 29:25), and without being handled deceitfully (2Cor. 4:2). “People pleasing”, is not our function. We are dedicated only to pleasing the Lord (Gal. 1:10; Psalm 37:4). The Lord is who sustains us (Psalm 17:5). However; boldness in presentation does not mean disrespectful, arrogant, crude, nor abrasiveness in personality. Instead all things should be done in love (1 Cor. 16:14). Preaching that glorifies God shows good stewardship and humility. The Spirit moves through the hearing of the Word and each one will receive what he or she needs in the form of encouragement, admonishment, or rebuke. James tells us that we should not deceive ourselves, but to be doers of the Word and not just hearers (James 1:22-25).
We are called to feed his flock, in performance of these duties, we should seek to give private instruction to individuals and small groups according to their needs in order that they might be sanctified and built up in love. This will happen primarily through biblical counseling, discipleship, training, equipping, and more broadly through living a life of example. Humility, compassion, and empathy should be demonstrated with love towards the flock and includes in home, hospital, and nursing home visitations.
Our family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances ought to see the theology and doctrine we teach come alive through watching our life. Assuredly, we will not perform this task perfectly, but even in response to our sinful nature we must demonstrate for all people what repentance and obedience look like. In doing so we will reveal the love for His (Jesus’s) flock and will supplement our teaching with trustworthiness in a way that enables others to follow Christ wholeheartedly.
We must be devoted to prayer and the ministry of the Word at all times and in every circumstance. There will no doubt be seasons of good times and bad times, weeping and rejoicing, growth and decline, and everything else in between, but in all of them, a faithful ambassador of Christ will look to God and His Word as the Guide for their life. Our constant aim will remain to present everyone entrusted, to our care, ourselves as mature in Christ. In the context of this kind of ministry faithfulness, we will have great cause to rejoice through Jesus when He returns.
My personal beliefs:
- Scripture – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness – 2 Timothy 3:16
- The Trinity of God – There is only one God and He is One God in this unity exists the Father , Son, and Holy Spirit – Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6
- God Created All Things – God created everything for his own purposes and has all authority over His creation – Revelation 4:11; Colossians 1:16
- The Fall of Mankind – Man was created in innocence and by his own will rebelled against God and as a consequence all humans are inherently partakers of Adam’s sin, and are therefore condemned – Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 1:18, 32; 3:10-19; 5:12, 19
- The Devil, or Satan is real – The devil was created by God as an angel of light, but he sought to elevate himself above God and was thus fore condemned – Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10
- The Virgin birth and deity of Jesus Christ – Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin and is as such the Son of God – Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14
- The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ- Matthew 28:6, 7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6, 51; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 8:6; 12:2; 7:25; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17; 5:9, 10
- The imminent return of Jesus Christ – Luke 21:17; Matthew 16:27; Matthew 24:30; Mark 13:26; Revelation 1:7
- Salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone – not by works, not by baptism – Romans 3:26; Ephesians 2:9
- Believer’s baptism by immersion – The Greek word baptize means “to immerse” (Matthew 3:13; Mark 1:9-11; John 3:23; Acts 8:38; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12
- The eternal security of the believer – John 10:28
- The priesthood of the believer – every believer is equal under God and has direct access to the Father in Jesus Christ – Galatians 3:28; Hebrews 7:25-28; Hebrews 4:15-16; 1 Timothy 2:5; John 16:13; 2 Peter 1:21-21
- We are mandated to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ – Discipleship and Evangelism should be a part of every Christian’s life, they are not 2nd tier or optional Christian duties. Our faith and belief in the imminent return of Jesus Christ and the peril of one’s soul should drive us to seeking out the lost. Luke 1910; John 17:20; Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 24:42