About Us

Q: Where did the name “New Nation Church International” come from?
A: The Amplified Bible in the Apostle Peter’s first letter, I Peter 2:9-10 reads: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, God’s own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people at all, but now you are God’s people; once you were unpitied, but now you are pitied and have received mercy.” This is one of the two “key verses” from which we get our name. The other is Hosea 2:23 “And I will sow her for Myself anew in the land, and I will have love, pity, and mercy for her who had not obtained love, pity, and mercy; and I will say to those who were not My people, You are My people, and they shall say, You are my God!” The vision that the Lord gave for New Nation Church International includes the uniting of people of every nation, tribe and tongue, all over the world as a single ‘new nation’ in Jesus Christ and the affiliation of local congregations of born again Christians as New Nation Church International.
 
Q: Your logos are interesting, do they mean anything?
A: We use several logos. Our “casual logo” is a gold cross on top of a globe with a halo coming from the cross. This tells us that Jesus died on the cross and that His victory over sin and death in His resurrection is powerful enough to be for everyone in the world. While not all people will accept what Jesus did on the cross for us all, His suffering on the cross demonstrated His love for all.
 
Our “formal logos” all have the same content as one another, but each has a unique shape, one for each continent. Each continental logo is in the form of a shield that is broadly representative of the early cultures of the continent. In North America, for example, the majority of the early people groups used round shields adorned with feathers. Each logo has twelve uniquely colored areas. The number twelve represents both the twelve original tribes of Israel, the first nation that God set apart for His purposes, and the twelve original apostles of Jesus Christ, who were set apart and sent by Jesus to take the Gospel to the nations of the world to create a new nation out of the many nations of the world. The unique colors represent the rainbow, which is God’s promise to mankind that He will never flood the earth again as He did in Noah’s generation. The face of each shield has four sections, the number four representing the four Gospels of the New Testament; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In the top right section is the Hand of God representing God as Father; in the top left panel is a cross representing God the Son, Jesus Christ, who gave His life for us on His Cross at Calvary; you will notice that Jesus is at the right of the Father; the bottom left panel contains a dove, representing God, the Holy Spirit; the bottom right panel represents God’s creation, the Earth and all that is in it, including the Church with hands of many different skin tones stretched towards Heaven to worship God; all of these panels overlay rays of light representing the Glory of God. The variation of shape and unity of content represents our belief that God, having created mankind in His image and like Him, made us to be little creators similar to Him as The Creator. As such, we have created our many world cultures and these cultures contain some aspects of God-likeness and therefore have some good qualities. Unfortunately, due to the fact that sin and death have distorted mankind, the cultures that we have created also contain distortions that are not good. Our belief is that, when we are born again, we will see our cultures with new clarity, both the good and the bad. When the many cultures of the world are brought together, we can more clearly distinguish the good from the bad of other cultures more readily than we can perceive these in our own culture because our own cultures seem normal to us. As born again children of God, when we come together across human cultures, as instruments of Christ’s redemption, we are qualified to redeem the cultures of the world.
 
Q: Are you part of a denomination?
A: The short answer is, “No”, we are a non-denominational Christian Church. The long answer is that New Nation Church International does not just include one local church; we are part of a family of local churches around the world (called congregations) that are all members of the New Nation Church International family. Some people like to say that New Nation Church International is a denomination and if that makes sense to them that is okay. We just know that the mandate that we have been given by God is to establish local groups of Christians all over the world and/or to partner with existing local congregations of like-minded Christians.
 
 
Q: Am I expected to dress a certain way to attend a New Nation church service?
A: Our desire is that you meet with God when you attend one of our church services. What we ask is that you dress in a way that helps prepare your heart and mind to meet our Holy God. If to you, this means dressing up in your “Sunday best” or if it means being comfortable or just making sure you get here, just know that is your choice; someone else may choose differently. For some, their “Sunday Best” might me torn jeans and a dirty t-shirt. No matter our choices, the Bible does teach that modest clothing is the appropriate choice for the Christian. Modest does not just mean clothes that don’t reveal a lot of skin or that don’t show off the body, modest also means clothes that don’t show off your wealth. Church is never to be a fashion show, beauty contest or a place to brag and distract others by drawing attention to ourselves and off of the Lord God.
 
Q: How do I become an official part of New Nation Church International?
A: We offer new member classes as needed up to four times a year. It may sound odd to some that they have to take classes in order to become part of a church, but it is actually federal law in the United States of America for all churches that are approved as 501(c)3 non-profits. When we learned of this requirement, we prayed about it and decided it is actually a great opportunity for you to get to know us as we get to know you. There are four classes that are basically organized thus: 1) Basics of Christianity 2) Specifics of New Nation Church International 3) Who You are In Jesus Christ 4) How You and NNCI fit together. We also require that all members of NNCI confess their sin to Jesus Christ and ask Him to forgive them of their sin; to turn away from their sin from that point forward; to accept Jesus Christ as their one and only Savior and the only perfect substitute for the penalty of sin. We also require that you have been baptized as an adult by full immersion in water in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. If your baptism was not done in this manner, you will need to be baptized again by full immersion as as adult.
 
Q: I want to get baptized, what do I do about that?
A: Talk to a church leader we will make arrangements with you.
 
Q: Can I have my children baptized?
A: When we look at what the Bible teaches about baptism, what we see is that those who are being baptized have made that decision personally; this is called “believers baptism”. If your child has reached a level of maturity where they understand and desire to be baptized as an expression of their faith in God through Jesus Christ, let’s make arrangements together. If you have any doubts about your child’s understanding, let’s explore that together.
 
Q: What does this church believe about miracles?
A: We love miracles! What person in their right mind doesn’t hope for God to do a miracle? Even people who don’t believe in our all-powerful Lord who created and sustains all things hope for miracles; how much more should those of us who know the Creator of Heaven and Earth pray expectantly for miracles? The Bible even tells us that God has given some of His people the gift of working of miracles.
 
Q: What do you believe about prayers for healing?
A: We believe that we should pray with hope that the sick will be healed. We have seen many people receive healing in part and in full from a large variety of illnesses and injuries. Not every person that is prayed over for healing gets healed. Honestly, we don’t know who will and won’t get healed, but we pray in faith, as scripture describes, often we will anoint those who we pray for with oil and lay hands on the sick as we pray. If you would like prayer for healing of any physical, mental, emotional or spiritual affliction, please ask any leader and we will pray.
 
Q: What about speaking in tongues and prophecy?
A: This can be a very big topic for many Christians that is a cause of a great deal of division in Christianity. In an attempt to give a short answer; at New Nation Church International we affirm that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit found in the Bible are meant for service in the church and need to be used in love. Not all people have all gifts and not all of the gifts that people have are as easily recognizable as others. We do not believe that you must have the gift of tongues as evidence that you are filled with or baptized in the Holy Spirit. If the Lord has given you a gift that is more expressive, do not think that the person who humbly and quietly cleans up after a church meeting isn’t gifted with a spiritual gift of helps just as greatly as you are gifted with the gift of speaking in tongues. Similarly, just because you may not have the gift of prophecy, don’t think that you are any less important to the ministry of the church or in the eyes of God, or that people with more expressive gifts are showing off. Some of the more expressive gifts can be very challenging to deal with, especially for the people who have those gifts. Divisions over spiritual gifts are often less about theology and more about coveting gifts that God has given to others or past negative experiences of spiritual gifts used arrogantly instead of humbly.
 
We often set aside specific times in our in our church services for the sharing of messages in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy and other opportunities for people to use the spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit gives. We want to see all of God’s people actively participating in the life of this church. For us to do this in a manner that allows this to happen, without becoming chaotic, if you have anything to share during one of these times, please quietly approach one of the designated leaders and let them know what you would like to share. They will prayerfully consider your request and determine if the timing and content is appropriate. Prophetic messages given are to be confirmed by others with the gift of prophecy. Nothing in this time should be shared that is for a specific individual or family; prophetic messages should only be shared in front of others if the message builds up the entire congregation or a sub-set of the church, such as the men, or the youth, etc. If you have a prophetic message, a word of wisdom, a word of knowledge or other utterance for an individual or a family, please approach them directly; ask them if it is okay to share with them and if they agree, then share with them directly. You may notice that certain people are permitted to share differently than others; this is because some people have been confirmed as not just having the gift of prophecy, but as people who we recognize as prophets. If you believe that this applies to you, approach a leader in the church and they will assist you in starting the process of having that calling verified. With the gift of tongues, we ask that if you have something to say in a tongue that no one present at a church meeting knows how to speak, you and the others present should pray for the Lord to provide interpretation. If no one is aware that they will be able to interpret, you can still share what the Lord has given you with our expectation that the interpretation will come in God’s timing. If the interpretation does not come, the words of the un-translated tongue are to be set aside until a translation is made.
 
Q: Why are some of your leaders called Apostles, I thought they all died a long time ago?
A: Scripture tells of a category of ministers that are often referred to as “The Five-Fold Ministry”. These five categories are: apostle, prophet, evangelist, preacher and teacher. Very few people think that evangelists, preachers and teachers are no longer active ministries, but for some reason, some people like to pick and choose which ministries are still allowed to continue to use their God-given names in our day. The Bible does not use terms like “missionary” or “church planter”. We prefer to use the God-given terms as much as possible and we believe that all, not just some of what God’s Word says about this is just as real today as it was when the various parts of the Bible were written.
 
The word “apostle” means “sent one”. We believe that the purpose for which Jesus sent people is still in need of being accomplished and He is still sending people today. Some people think that the Bible teaches that there were only twelve apostles, but that is not at all what the Bible teaches. There was a specific group of Jesus’ followers who were called “the twelve”, but they are not the only apostles referred to in the Bible. The Apostle Paul was not one of the twelve, and when Judas betrayed Jesus and died in guilt and shame over his actions, he was replaced by Matthias. In fact, the Bible names five more apostles, one of whom was a woman, Junia. The primary work of the apostles is to lay the foundation of the church, and that foundation is made of the same unchanging Rock that is Jesus Christ, but the work of laying that foundation is still very much needing completion as there are a variety of people groups around the world who have still never heard the Gospel and that foundation still needs to be laid in the hearts and minds of people right here in our own neighborhoods. If you believe that one of the “Five-Fold” ministries apply to you, approach a leader in the church and they will assist you in starting the process of having that calling verified.

Vision, Mission & Purpose

Our Vision
To see God uniting His people of every nation, tribe and tongue to worship Him in spirit and truth in local congregations throughout all of the earth.
Our Mission
To make disciples of people of every nation, tribe and tongue; baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe all that Jesus taught.
Our Purpose
To love the Lord our God with all our heart, strength, mind and soul and to love other people as the Lord our God loves us.

Doctrinal Statement

What We Believe…
  • We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the accepted canon of the Scriptures as originally given (II Timothy 3:16; I Corinthians 2:13). The theological framework for understanding all of God’s dealings with mankind is to be found in the divine covenants revealed in Scripture.
  • We believe in the Eternal Godhead Who has revealed Himself as ONE God existing in THREE persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; distinguishable but indivisible (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).
  • We believe in the creation, test and fall of man as recorded in Genesis; man’s total spiritual depravity and inability to attain divine righteousness (Romans 5:12, 18).
  • We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, very God and very man (Luke 1:26-35; John 1:18; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6).
  • We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day, and personally appeared to His disciples (I Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:25).
  • We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, HIs exaltation and personal, literal and bodily coming again the second time for the Church (John 14:2-3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
  • We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:12; Romans 5:11).We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the Name of the Eternal Godhead in order to fulfill the command of Christ (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:36-39; 19:1-6).We believe in the operation of the Gifts of the Spirit as enumerated in I Corinthians 12-14, manifested in the Early Church
  • We believe in the Spirit-filled life, a life of separation from the world and perfecting of holiness in the fear of God as an expression of Christian faith (Ephesians 5:18; II Corinthians 6:14; 7:1). Every believer in Christ must be subject to God’s authority in a specific local Church for spiritual protection and long term fruitfulness (Hebrews 13:17).
  • We believe in the healing of the body by divine power, or divine healing in its varied aspects as practiced in the Early Church (Acts 4:30; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14).
  • We believe in the Table of the Lord, commonly called Communion or The Lord’s Supper, for believers (I Corinthians 11:23-32).
  • We believe in eternal life for believers (John 5:24; 3:16) and eternal punishment for unbelievers (Mark 9:43-48; II Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 20: 10-15).
  • We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and eternal judgement of Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20: 10-15).
Creeds
 
Since the early establishment of Christianity, creeds have been developed in an attempt to form a consensus on what true Christianity is and what it is not. Below you will find those creeds which have been affirmed by New Nation Church International. Just because a creed is not listed, does not mean that we do not affirm it, it may be that we have not yet reviewed.  
 
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The Apostles Creed (written approximately 180 A.D.):
 
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic and apostolic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
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The Nicene Creed (original version 325 A.D. by the Council of Nicea, revised 381 A.D. by the Council of Constantinople):
 
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen.
 
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The Chalcedonian Creed was written in 451 A.D. at the Council of Chalcedon:

Following, then, the holy fathers, we unite in teaching all men to confess the one and only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. This selfsame one is perfect both in deity and in humanness; this selfsame one is also actually God and actually man, with a rational soul and a body. He is of the same reality as God as far as his deity is concerned and of the same reality as we ourselves as far as his humanness is concerned; thus like us in all respects, sin only excepted. Before time began he was begotten of the Father, in respect of his deity, and now in these “last days,” for us and behalf of our salvation, this selfsame one was born of Mary the virgin, who is God-bearer in respect of his humanness.

We also teach that we apprehend this one and only Christ-Son, Lord, only-begotten in two natures; and we do this without confusing the two natures, without transmuting one nature into the other, without dividing them into two separate categories, without contrasting them according to area or function. The distinctiveness of each nature is not nullified by the union. Instead, the “properties” of each nature are conserved and both natures concur in one “person” and in one reality. They are not divided or cut into two persons, but are together the one and only and only-begotten Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus have the prophets of old testified; thus the Lord Jesus Christ himself taught us; thus the Symbol of Fathers has handed down to us.
 
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The Lausanne Covenant written in 1974

INTRODUCTION

We, members of the Church of Jesus Christ, from more than 150 nations, participants in the International Congress on World Evangelization at Lausanne, praise God for his great salvation and rejoice in the fellowship he has given us with himself and with each other. We are deeply stirred by what God is doing in our day, moved to penitence by our failures and challenged by the unfinished task of evangelization. We believe the Gospel is God’s good news for the whole world, and we are determined by his grace to obey Christ’s commission to proclaim it to all mankind and to make disciples of every nation. We desire, therefore, to affirm our faith and our resolve, and to make public our covenant.

1. THE PURPOSE OF GOD

We affirm our belief in the one-eternal God, Creator and Lord of the world, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who governs all things according to the purpose of his will. He has been calling out from the world a people for himself, and sending his people back into the world to be his servants and his witnesses, for the extension of his kingdom, the building up of Christ’s body, and the glory of his name. We confess with shame that we have often denied our calling and failed in our mission, by becoming conformed to the world or by withdrawing from it. Yet we rejoice that even when borne by earthen vessels the gospel is still a precious treasure. To the task of making that treasure known in the power of the Holy Spirit we desire to dedicate ourselves anew.

(Isa. 40:28; Matt. 28:19; Eph. 1:11; Acts 15:14; John 17:6, 18; Eph 4:12; 1 Cor. 5:10; Rom. 12:2; II Cor. 4:7)

2. THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF THE BIBLE

We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We also affirm the power of God’s word to accomplish his purpose of salvation. The message of the Bible is addressed to all men and women. For God’s revelation in Christ and in Scripture is unchangeable. Through it the Holy Spirit still speaks today. He illumines the minds of God’s people in every culture to perceive its truth freshly through their own eyes and thus discloses to the whole Church ever more of the many-colored wisdom of God.

(II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21; John 10:35; Isa. 55:11; 1 Cor. 1:21; Rom. 1:16, Matt. 5:17,18; Jude 3; Eph. 1:17,18; 3:10,18)

3. THE UNIQUENESS AND UNIVERSALITY OF CHRIST

We affirm that there is only one Saviour and only one gospel, although there is a wide diversity of evangelistic approaches. We recognise that everyone has some knowledge of God through his general revelation in nature. But we deny that this can save, for people suppress the truth by their unrighteousness. We also reject as derogatory to Christ and the gospel every kind of syncretism and dialogue which implies that Christ speaks equally through all religions and ideologies. Jesus Christ, being himself the only God-man, who gave himself as the only ransom for sinners, is the only mediator between God and people. There is no other name by which we must be saved. All men and women are perishing because of sin, but God loves everyone, not wishing that any should perish but that all should repent. Yet those who reject Christ repudiate the joy of salvation and condemn themselves to eternal separation from God. To proclaim Jesus as “the Saviour of the world” is not to affirm that all people are either automatically or ultimately saved, still less to affirm that all religions offer salvation in Christ. Rather it is to proclaim God’s love for a world of sinners and to invite everyone to respond to him as Saviour and Lord in the wholehearted personal commitment of repentance and faith. Jesus Christ has been exalted above every other name; we long for the day when every knee shall bow to him and every tongue shall confess him Lord.

(Gal. 1:6-9;Rom. 1:18-32; I Tim. 2:5,6; Acts 4:12; John 3:16-19; II Pet. 3:9; II Thess. 1:7-9;John 4:42; Matt. 11:28; Eph. 1:20,21; Phil. 2:9-11)

4. THE NATURE OF EVANGELISM

To evangelize is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that as the reigning Lord he now offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gifts of the Spirit to all who repent and believe. Our Christian presence in the world is indispensable to evangelism, and so is that kind of dialogue whose purpose is to listen sensitively in order to understand. But evangelism itself is the proclamation of the historical, biblical Christ as Saviour and Lord, with a view to persuading people to come to him personally and so be reconciled to God. In issuing the gospel invitation we have no liberty to conceal the cost of discipleship. Jesus still calls all who would follow him to deny themselves, take up their cross, and identify themselves with his new community. The results of evangelism include obedience to Christ, incorporation into his Church and responsible service in the world.

(I Cor. 15:3,4; Acts 2: 32-39; John 20:21; I Cor. 1:23; II Cor. 4:5; 5:11,20; Luke 14:25-33; Mark 8:34; Acts 2:40,47; Mark 10:43-45)

5. CHRISTIAN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We affirm that God is both the Creator and the Judge of all people. We therefore should share his concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of men and women from every kind of oppression. Because men and women are made in the image of God, every person, regardless of race, religion, colour, culture, class, sex or age, has an intrinsic dignity because of which he or she should be respected and served, not exploited. Here too we express penitence both for our neglect and for having sometimes regarded evangelism and social concern as mutually exclusive. Although reconciliation with other people is not reconciliation with God, nor is social action evangelism, nor is political liberation salvation, nevertheless we affirm that evangelism and socio-political involvement are both part of our Christian duty. For both are necessary expressions of our doctrines of God and man, our love for our neighbour and our obedience to Jesus Christ. The message of salvation implies also a message of judgment upon every form of alienation, oppression and discrimination, and we should not be afraid to denounce evil and injustice wherever they exist. When people receive Christ they are born again into his kingdom and must seek not only to exhibit but also to spread its righteousness in the midst of an unrighteous world. The salvation we claim should be transforming us in the totality of our personal and social responsibilities. Faith without works is dead.

(Acts 17:26,31; Gen. 18:25; Isa. 1:17; Psa. 45:7; Gen. 1:26,27; Jas. 3:9; Lev. 19:18; Luke 6:27,35; Jas. 2:14-26; Joh. 3:3,5; Matt. 5:20; 6:33; II Cor. 3:18; Jas. 2:20)

6. THE CHURCH AND EVANGELISM

We affirm that Christ sends his redeemed people into the world as the Father sent him, and that this calls for a similar deep and costly penetration of the world. We need to break out of our ecclesiastical ghettos and permeate non-Christian society. In the Church’s mission of sacrificial service evangelism is primary. World evangelization requires the whole Church to take the whole gospel to the whole world. The Church is at the very centre of God’s cosmic purpose and is his appointed means of spreading the gospel. But a church which preaches the cross must itself be marked by the cross. It becomes a stumbling block to evangelism when it betrays the gospel or lacks a living faith in God, a genuine love for people, or scrupulous honesty in all things including promotion and finance. The church is the community of God’s people rather than an institution, and must not be identified with any particular culture, social or political system, or human ideology.

(John 17:18; 20:21; Matt. 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; 20:27; Eph. 1:9,10; 3:9-11; Gal. 6:14,17; II Cor. 6:3,4; II Tim. 2:19-21; Phil. 1:27)

7. COOPERATION IN EVANGELISM

We affirm that the Church’s visible unity in truth is God’s purpose. Evangelism also summons us to unity, because our oneness strengthens our witness, just as our disunity undermines our gospel of reconciliation. We recognize, however, that organisational unity may take many forms and does not necessarily forward evangelism. Yet we who share the same biblical faith should be closely united in fellowship, work and witness. We confess that our testimony has sometimes been marred by a sinful individualism and needless duplication. We pledge ourselves to seek a deeper unity in truth, worship, holiness and mission. We urge the development of regional and functional cooperation for the furtherance of the Church’s mission, for strategic planning, for mutual encouragement, and for the sharing of resources and experience.

(John 17:21,23; Eph. 4:3,4; John 13:35; Phil. 1:27; John 17:11-23)

8. CHURCHES IN EVANGELISTIC PARTNERSHIP

We rejoice that a new missionary era has dawned. The dominant role of western missions is fast disappearing. God is raising up from the younger churches a great new resource for world evangelization, and is thus demonstrating that the responsibility to evangelise belongs to the whole body of Christ. All churches should therefore be asking God and themselves what they should be doing both to reach their own area and to send missionaries to other parts of the world. A reevaluation of our missionary responsibility and role should be continuous. Thus a growing partnership of churches will develop and the universal character of Christ’s Church will be more clearly exhibited. We also thank God for agencies which labor in Bible translation, theological education, the mass media, Christian literature, evangelism, missions, church renewal and other specialist fields. They too should engage in constant self-examination to evaluate their effectiveness as part of the Church’s mission.

(Rom. 1:8; Phil. 1:5; 4:15; Acts 13:1-3, I Thess. 1:6-8)

9. THE URGENCY OF THE EVANGELISTIC TASK

More than 2,700 million people, which is more than two-thirds of all humanity, have yet to be evangelised. We are ashamed that so many have been neglected; it is a standing rebuke to us and to the whole Church. There is now, however, in many parts of the world an unprecedented receptivity to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are convinced that this is the time for churches and para-church agencies to pray earnestly for the salvation of the unreached and to launch new efforts to achieve world evangelization. A reduction of foreign missionaries and money in an evangelised country may sometimes be necessary to facilitate the national church’s growth in self-reliance and to release resources for unevangelised areas. Missionaries should flow ever more freely from and to all six continents in a spirit of humble service. The goal should be, by all available means and at the earliest possible time, that every person will have the opportunity to hear, understand, and to receive the good news. We cannot hope to attain this goal without sacrifice. All of us are shocked by the poverty of millions and disturbed by the injustices which cause it. Those of us who live in affluent circumstances accept our duty to develop a simple life-style in order to contribute more generously to both relief and evangelism.

(John 9:4; Matt. 9:35-38; Rom. 9:1-3; I Cor. 9:19-23; Mark 16:15; Isa. 58:6,7; Jas. 1:27; 2:1-9; Matt. 25:31-46; Acts 2:44,45; 4:34,35)

10. EVANGELISM AND CULTURE

The development of strategies for world evangelization calls for imaginative pioneering methods. Under God, the result will be the rise of churches deeply rooted in Christ and closely related to their culture. Culture must always be tested and judged by Scripture. Because men and women are God’s creatures, some of their culture is rich in beauty and goodness. Because they are fallen, all of it is tainted with sin and some of it is demonic. The gospel does not presuppose the superiority of any culture to another, but evaluates all cultures according to its own criteria of truth and righteousness, and insists on moral absolutes in every culture. Missions have all too frequently exported with the gospel an alien culture and churches have sometimes been in bondage to culture rather than to Scripture. Christ’s evangelists must humbly seek to empty themselves of all but their personal authenticity in order to become the servants of others, and churches must seek to transform and enrich culture, all for the glory of God.

(Mark 7:8,9,13; Gen. 4:21,22; I Cor. 9:19-23; Phil. 2:5-7; II Cor. 4:5)

11. EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP

We confess that we have sometimes pursued church growth at the expense of church depth, and divorced evangelism from Christian nurture. We also acknowledge that some of our missions have been too slow to equip and encourage national leaders to assume their rightful responsibilities. Yet we are committed to indigenous principles, and long that every church will have national leaders who manifest a Christian style of leadership in terms not of domination but of service. We recognise that there is a great need to improve theological education, especially for church leaders. In every nation and culture there should be an effective training programme for pastors and laity in doctrine, discipleship, evangelism, nurture and service. Such training programmes should not rely on any stereotyped methodology but should be developed by creative local initiatives according to biblical standards.

(Col. I:27,28; Acts 14:23; Tit. 1:5,9; Mark 10:42-45; Eph. 4:11,12)

12. SPIRITUAL CONFLICT

We believe that we are engaged in constant spiritual warfare with the principalities and powers of evil, who are seeking to overthrow the Church and frustrate its task of world evangelization. We know our need to equip ourselves with God’s armour and to fight this battle with the spiritual weapons of truth and prayer. For we detect the activity of our enemy, not only in false ideologies outside the Church, but also inside it in false gospels which twist Scripture and put people in the place of God. We need both watchfulness and discernment to safeguard the biblical gospel. We acknowledge that we ourselves are not immune to worldliness of thoughts and action, that is, to a surrender to secularism. For example, although careful studies of church growth, both numerical and spiritual, are right and valuable, we have sometimes neglected them. At other times, desirous to ensure a response to the gospel, we have compromised our message, manipulated our hearers through pressure techniques, and become unduly preoccupied with statistics or even dishonest in our use of them. All this is worldly. The Church must be in the world; the world must not be in the Church.

(Eph. 6:12; II Cor. 4:3,4; Eph. 6:11,13-18; II Cor. 10:3-5; I John 2:18-26; 4:1-3; Gal. 1:6-9; II Cor. 2:17; 4:2; John 17:15)

13. FREEDOM AND PERSECUTION

It is the God-appointed duty of every government to secure conditions of peace, justice and liberty in which the Church may obey God, serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and preach the gospel without interference. We therefore pray for the leaders of nations and call upon them to guarantee freedom of thought and conscience, and freedom to practise and propagate religion in accordance with the will of God and as set forth in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We also express our deep concern for all who have been unjustly imprisoned, and especially for those who are suffering for their testimony to the Lord Jesus. We promise to pray and work for their freedom. At the same time we refuse to be intimidated by their fate. God helping us, we too will seek to stand against injustice and to remain faithful to the gospel, whatever the cost. We do not forget the warnings of Jesus that persecution is inevitable.

(I Tim. 1:1-4, Acts 4:19; 5:29; Col. 3:24; Heb. 13:1-3; Luke 4:18; Gal. 5:11; 6:12; Matt. 5:10-12; John 15:18-21)

14. THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father sent his Spirit to bear witness to his Son; without his witness ours is futile. Conviction of sin, faith in Christ, new birth and Christian growth are all his work. Further, the Holy Spirit is a missionary spirit; thus evangelism should arise spontaneously from a Spirit-filled church. A church that is not a missionary church is contradicting itself and quenching the Spirit. Worldwide evangelization will become a realistic possibility only when the Spirit renews the Church in truth and wisdom, faith, holiness, love and power. We therefore call upon all Christians to pray for such a visitation of the sovereign Spirit of God that all his fruit may appear in all his people and that all his gifts may enrich the body of Christ. Only then will the whole church become a fit instrument in his hands, that the whole earth may hear his voice.

(I Cor. 2:4; John 15:26;27; 16:8-11; I Cor. 12:3; John 3:6-8; II Cor. 3:18; John 7:37-39; I Thess. 5:19; Acts 1:8; Psa. 85:4-7; 67:1-3; Gal. 5:22,23; I Cor. 12:4-31; Rom. 12:3-8)

15. THE RETURN OF CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, in power and glory, to consummate his salvation and his judgment. This promise of his coming is a further spur to our evangelism, for we remember his words that the gospel must first be preached to all nations. We believe that the interim period between Christ’s ascension and return is to be filled with the mission of the people of God, who have no liberty to stop before the end. We also remember his warning that false Christs and false prophets will arise as precursors of the final Antichrist. We therefore reject as a proud, self-confident dream the notion that people can ever build a utopia on earth. Our Christian confidence is that God will perfect his kingdom, and we look forward with eager anticipation to that day, and to the new heaven and earth in which righteousness will dwell and God will reign forever. Meanwhile, we rededicate ourselves to the service of Christ and of people in joyful submission to his authority over the whole of our lives.

(Mark 14:62; Heb. 9:28; Mark 13:10; Acts 1:8-11; Matt. 28:20; Mark 13:21-23; 1 John 2:18; 4:1-3; Luke 12:32; Rev. 21:1-5; II Pet. 3:13; Matt. 28:18)

CONCLUSION

Therefore, in the light of this our faith and our resolve, we enter into a solemn covenant with God and with each other, to pray, to plan and to work together for the evangelization of the whole world. We call upon others to join us. May God help us by his grace and for his glory to be faithful to this our covenant! Amen, Alleluia!
 
 
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July of 2016 – This new website is pretty news worthy! As you can see, if you ever visited our old website, the new website will have tons of new content, so be sure to check back and explore frequently!
 
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June of 2016 – News from New Nation Church, Juba in South Sudan:
 
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“The church here has found new land to move to since our old landlord sold the property that we were meeting on. God has blessed us a new location and now we need to raise funds to move our church structure to the new land.”
 
Please be pray provision for New Nation Church, Juba to be able to raise the funds that they need to literally pick up and move their building from their old location to the new one. If you are interested in making a donation, you can do so by donating through our main donation link. It will cost approximately $1,800 US dollars to move the building.
 
 

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