Our purpose is to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our desire is that all would "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). Our primary avenues to accomplish are through worship, missions, and justice. We believe that worship, missions and justice are inseparable from each other, and are vital for gospel saturation around the globe.
We believe worship is inseparable from missions. In fact, missions is an act of worship. Worship is the ultimate goal of the Church. It is proper worship that fuels missionary outreach. We love John Piper's word in his book Let The Nations Be Glad!-
“Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more.”
The ultimate goal for the church is worship, and the ultimate goal of worship is the glory of God, and the gospel is at the center of God's glory. That the Lamb of God, God's only son, would come to die to redeem sinners. Missions is a by-product of worship. When we worship, we are beholding the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. When we go on mission, it is because so much of the world needs to first hear the gospel, to know Jesus, and to ultimately behold Him. We believe worship is a response to who God is and what He has done with the entirety of our lives. Missions is simply one way we respond to God in worship.
One of our goals in the future in combining worship and missions is through gospel centered ethnomusicology. Ethnomusicology is the study of music from the cultural and social aspects of the people who make it. It is teaching people to worship through song, not by using our songs, cultural norms and church practices, but developing it within their culture, language, art and music.
One of our main partners in the area of worship is the Craig Rigney Band. We often partner with CRB to accomplish all of the above, by helping send them to lead worship at gospel centered and evangelical events all around the country and the world, and work to dismantle financial and logistical obstacles when needed, as much as we're able. Craig's ministry exists to point people to Jesus through gospel centered music, lyric, and the truth of scripture. His desire is to point to Jesus, just as John the Baptist did in John 1:29. Learn more about the Craig Rigney Band here.
The heart of missions is evangelism. We believe Jesus' command in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) is not simply to go, but to make disciples- people who whole heartedly follow Christ with the entirety of their lives. The first step in this is for people to simply hear the gospel- the good news of who Jesus is and what He has done- and that they would behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. What greater news exists?
We accomplish this through gospel centered events and conferences at home and around the world, as well as through growing purposeful relationships with ministry and lay leaders currently laboring for spread of the gospel, with a major emphasis on missionary care. We have many ministry partners around the globe including the International Mission Board, Pioneers International, and a number of missionaries, independent groups and local churches in different places of the world. We've partnered with local churches, missionaries and missions organizations in the UK, Hong Kong, and all over S.E. Asia, as well as all over the U.S. with hopes of more growth and partnerships being developed in the future.
Just as it's difficult to separate missions from worship, so it is with worship and justice. We firmly believe in the words written in Amos 5-
"Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
Worship is much more than a song- it's a response to who God is and what He has done with the entirety of our lives. It requires action, faith, and obedience. We believe in Jesus' words throughout scripture, and the life of worship He has called us to.
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world". -James 1:27
"Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed." - Psalm 82:3
We have worked with many local churches and other undisclosed ministry organizations working around the world fighting against sex trafficking. Our desire is to grow our justice ministry to equip the church with practical knowledge, community and resources for freeing people from bondage in the name of Jesus. We’d love for you to check out our dear friends and partners at Pivot to learn more about their efforts in the war against slavery and sex trafficking.