A movement of disciples who exist to display and declare the transforming power of the Gospel in all of life.
We have a vision to see a network of international, gospel-centered, multiplying churches around the island of Taiwan. We believe that this vision can be accomplished through the ordinary means of making disciples who make disciples.
The church is not like family; it is family.
We are God’s chosen people – His family – set apart to live in such a way that the world would know what he is like. Through faith in Jesus we believe we are Children of God and brothers and sisters with each other. As God’s family we see it as our obligation to personally care for the needs of one another – both physically and spiritually. We disciple, nurture and hold each other accountable to Gospel life together. We
do this through regularly gathering together for celebration, consistent involvement in a discipleship group and loving others in the path of our life like the Father loved us. (Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16) This is all rooted in Who God Is. We see that in the Trinity God is a family within Himself(see Matthew 3:17;John 17). It is because it is who God is, that Jesus prays that the church would be one family as He, The Spirit, and the Father are one(see John 17). If you look throughout Scripture you will see that a common theme is the dysfunction of families. Scripture doesn’t hide the raw truth that sin has destroyed the concept of family in humanity. However, it is through the power of the Gospel, that through adoption(Ephesians 1/Romans 8), we who come from dysfunction are adopted into the holy family of God, and our identity now is as God’s children a part of His family, which He is restoring and renewing, and not in our dysfunctional families. We have a better identity as a part of God’s family.
Jesus first served us and we are sent as servants
Fully God–fully human, Jesus took on the posture of a servant. He gave his life, even unto death, so that others could experience salvation, peace and restoration. Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves…” All those who follow Jesus are called to serve in the same humility. For us this means joyfully submitting to Jesus as Lord, to the leaders he has placed over us and to each other as we also serve whomever God brings into our lives. We do whatever He leads us to do, whenever He tells us and wherever He wants us to do it. Another theme throughout Scripture is the failure of God’s leaders to serve His people. Even the greatest leaders in Israel’s history abused their power to take from, rather than serve for God’s people(see Ezekiel 34). However, through the good news of the Gospel, Jesus is God’s ultimate leader, the Savior King who instead of taking all from us, left all that He had, to give us all that He has won and has authority over. We are empowered through this Gospel to be servants to Jesus our King to the culture around us, blessing and renewing, instead of abusing and using. (Matthew 20:25-28; 25:31-46; John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:16)
The Spirit sends us and empowers us
“More than half of churchgoers have not heard of the Great Commission. Additionally, even when presented with a list of passages, 37 percent don’t recognize which well-known passage typically goes by this name.”(Barna Research Group) This statistic may surprise you, but it reflects the slow decline in the American church’s influence on culture and society around us. Missions isn’t something we do overseas, mission is something Jesus calls every single disciple to when they are baptized into His name(see Matthew 28). However, when we say the word “missionary” most of us have a picture of an individual who leaves everything behind to go to some foreign country to preach the gospel. This doesn’t accurately reflect the teachings of Jesus as to what mission actually is. Jesus has given all of us the great commission. He told His disciples “as you go into all the world make disciples”. This means that as you and I go about our day whether at work, at school, in our neighborhood, in cafes, restaurants, and pubs, we are to be about Jesus’ mission. That means there isn’t a single disciple of Jesus who isn’t called to live life as a missionary. God sent Jesus to Earth to take on human form and live within the culture. He worked, ate and interacted among the people; living in such a way that those around him could see and experience what God was truly like. Jesus came so that all people, places and things could be restored to a right relationship with God. In the same way, we believe we are missionaries sent by God’s Spirit into our culture to restore all things to God through Jesus. We live this out through involvement in a missional community. God does not call certain people to be missionaries, but all of us.( John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21)