Message and Mission

The Gospel proclaimed by Jesus is NOT about reforming society or fixing governments. His message summons all men and women to repent and join an entirely new social order and political reality, namely, the Kingdom of God , and his message contradicts the political ideologies of the present “ evil age .” Responding positively to his invitation is vital considering the approaching end of the existing world order and its disappearance from the Earth.

The Mission

Jesus charged his followers to announce the same message to every nation that he preached, which he summarized as the “ Good News of the Kingdom of God .” Through the Risen Christ and his Assembly, God’s rule is being established but in unexpected and paradoxical ways. By the moment of his return, he will establish his complete sovereignty over the nations and subdue all his “ enemies ,” including “ Death .” Until then, his disciples must proclaim his message to the “ uttermost parts of the Earth .”

Redeeming the Nations

The Book of Revelation presents images that do not conform to popular expectations about how God works. His goals in subjugating His enemies and judging the nations differ radically from traditional ideas and human “wisdom.” Just as his contemporaries did not understand Jesus, so we struggle to understand the “Slain Lamb” and his reign from the Throne of God.

Resurrection Hope

The biblical faith is forward-looking and foundational to our salvation is the resurrection of the dead. That event will coincide with the arrival of Jesus. It is based on the past resurrection of Jesus, and our salvation will remain incomplete until he raises the dead, transforms those believers who remain alive, and “ gathers ” ALL his saints to himself (“ He will send his angels, and they will assemble his elect from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven ”).

The Era of Salvation

After his resurrection, Jesus declared: “ All authority in heaven and on earth is given to me, therefore, go and make disciples of all nations! ” He then dispatched his disciples to announce his Lordship and salvation to the “ uttermost parts of the Earth .” The Era of Salvation commenced with his death and resurrection; therefore, his life-giving message must be announced to all men. The Son of God has achieved salvation for his people!

His Word Made Flesh

The Prologue of the Gospel of John presents key themes that are expanded in the Book. Most critically, Jesus is the Logos , the “ Word become flesh ” in whom Life and Light are revealed to penitent men and women. He is the true “ Tabernacle ” where God’s “ Glory ” resides, not the tent in the wilderness or the Temple building in Jerusalem. John employs imagery from the history of Israel to illustrate what God now provides us in His “ only born Son .”