This Is What We LIVE FOR
As one body we live to Guide people into salvation, Lead them to maturity, and Appoint them as Servants Devoted to God. [SDGs]
What is an SDG?
This is who we aim to be
An SDG is a Servant Devoted to God. We are not perfect. We are people from different ages who love Jesus. We are growing deeper in our relationship with God and being transformed by the Holy Spirit. This transformation is made evident by the fruit of spiritual maturity in our lives. There are six key traits of an SDG:
- Loves and Honors God
- Understands the Scriptures
- Explains the Gospel
- Teaches people about God
- Gives with generosity
- Serves with devotion
THIS IS WHAT WE ARE BECOMING
We nurture SDGs in as many languages as God leads,
cultivating a church that is multilingual, transcultural, and multigenerational.
This is what we mean:
We nurture people in as many languages as God leads through our THRIVE programs.
We celebrate the cultural diversity and spiritual unity of the Body of Christ.
We nurture people of all ages in a way relevant to their language and culture.
What does Ethnos mean?
Ethnos is a Greek word used in the Bible to describe the church as one community made out of many nations.
1 Peter 2:9 tells us that we are God’s holy ethnos, called to love God and serve Him with devotion in order to make Him known among the nations. That’s why we love the name Ethnos! Embrace diversity; Love God; Serve with devotion!
Our name says it all!
This is what matters to us
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GRACE: Everybody has a second chance (and a third, and a fourth…).
We believe in loving people unconditionally because God has loved us with unconditional love and called us to do the same. Therefore, we cultivate a community where people are accepted, not judged; where the wounded are restored and empowered to grow in holiness. We teach people to focus on what they are becoming in Christ and not on past mistakes. We encourage people to share God’s grace with others, so that the world will come to know and love God—the source of all grace.
FAMILY: Whether single or married, home is our first ministry.
We believe family is the first responsibility in ministry. Therefore, we invest our individual attention to train children and youth into spiritual maturity, and we guide parents to rear their children through biblical training and mentorship.
DIVERSITY: We celebrate all cultures and the unity of the Body.
We believe celebrating diversity is a reflection of spiritual maturity because it reflects the body and mind of Christ. Therefore, we intentionally reach out to the multilingual members of our community, and we create a welcoming atmosphere where people of all backgrounds can worship God in the unity of the body.
MISSIONS: We share God’s love beyond our borders.
We believe that a passion for expanding God’s kingdom worldwide is a reflection of God’s heart and thus a reflection of spiritual maturity. Therefore, we create awareness and opportunities for personal involvement in global missions. We invest our resources to send spiritually-mature servants from our local body to edify the church globally and to partner with existing international initiatives as God leads.
STEWARDSHIP: We invest generously.
We believe that joyful giving is a reflection of spiritual maturity because it reflects God’s character and commands. Therefore, we sacrificially invest our time, skills, money and facilities to advance God’s kingdom. We teach biblical principles on giving, meet relevant needs, and channel God’s resources to pursue God’s interests in the world.
PRAYER: We depend on God for everything.
We believe that a passion for prayer is a reflection of spiritual maturity because it is a unique expression of intimacy with God. Therefore, we invest our time to confess our sins, seek God’s direction in all aspects of our ministries, intercede for one another and praise God in all things. We acknowledge that without prayer, we are powerless, aimless, shallow, and on our own.
LEADERSHIP: We grow godly influencers.
We believe that spiritually-mature leaders are essential to cultivate a vibrant church. Therefore, we appoint servant leaders who fulfill biblical prerequisites and have demonstrated godly character to lead in a variety of ministry positions. We honor the appointed leaders, submit to them, and keep them accountable, knowing that God has entrusted them with His authority. We develop new leaders by recognizing their potential and character and by entrusting them with increasing levels of responsibility.
TEAMWORK: We shape the ministry together.
We believe that teamwork is an expression of our new identity as members of the body of Christ and essential for longevity. Therefore, we encourage our people to invest their gifts by serving in teams to accomplish our mission and vision. We teach people that teamwork leads to increased creativity, deeper relationships, and better accountability. We guide them in evaluating their teamwork to increase ministry effectiveness and ensure sustained growth.
INNOVATION: We evaluate and implement new ideas to improve our ministry.
We believe that effective ministry is achieved through creative initiatives that are well aligned with our mission. Therefore, we improve our ministries through team ideas that are thought prayerfully, shaped creatively, implemented intelligently, and evaluated honestly. We seek to learn lessons from unsuccessful attempts, thinking of them as opportunities for improvement. And by faith we invest our resources in innovation, knowing that the Lord will provide all we need by the time we need it in order to remain effective and relevant in expanding God’s kingdom.
EXCELLENCE: We honor God with our best.
We believe that serving God with excellence is the signature of a heart that loves God. Therefore, we seek to develop each one of our ministries with the best of our abilities, knowing that everything we do must be done as for the Lord and not to please the eye of man.
This Is What We Believe, Teach and Proclaim
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THE BIBLE: It is the Inspired and Inerrant Word of God.
We accept fully the writings of the Old and New Testaments in the original texts as the inerrant Word of God, verbally inspired in all parts and therefore altogether sufficient as our only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice. (Psalm 119:160; Proverbs 30:5a; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).
GOD: He is Triune and His unchanging character is Holy, Just, and Love.
We believe that He is a triune, intelligent, sovereign, spiritual and personal Being; perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness and love, wisdom and power; absolutely separate from and above the world as its Creator, yet everywhere present in the world as the Upholder of all things. He is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons but without division of nature, one essence of being, and each having a distinct ministry in God’s relation to His creation and people. (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 15:11; Psalm 83:18; 139:7-9; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; 15:26).
JESUS: He is the Second Person of the Trinity and the only Savior of the world.
We believe that He is the second Person of the Triune God, the eternal Word and Only Begotten Son; that without any change in His divine Person, He became man by miracle of the Virgin Birth, thus to continue forever as both true God and true Man, one Person with two natures; that as Man He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin, that as the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross, bearing there the sin of the world, and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead; that He arose from the grave in a glorified body; that as our great High Priest He ascended into Heaven, there to appear before the face of God as our Advocate and Intercessor. (John 1:1, 14; 3:16; Matthew 1:18-25; Galatians 4:4, 5; Philippians 2:6-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 John 2:1, 2).
THE SECOND COMING: Jesus will return to establish His Kingdom at an unknown future time.
We believe that Jesus will come in the air to rapture His Church, which is our blessed Hope, is always imminent; that when He has first by resurrection of the dead and translation of the living removed from the earth His waiting church, He will then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world and afterwards descend with His church and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all the nations for a thousand years. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; James 5:8; Hebrews 10:37; Jude 14, 15; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:4-7).
THE HOLY SPIRIT: He is the Third Person of the Trinity who indwells the believer upon conversion.
We believe that He is the Third Person of the Trinity, and the divine Agent in nature, revelation and redemption; that He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment; that He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals and anoints all who become children of God through Christ; that He further empowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies and fills believers who daily surrender to Him. (John 3:5; 14:16, 17, 26; 16:7-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18).
ANGELS: God created angelic beings to serve Him. Some of them rebelled against God.
We believe that God created all angels. Many remain faithful to God and are God’s ministering spirits to His people. Some followed the angel Satan in his prideful rebellion against God and became demonic adversaries of God and His people. These angels are limited by God’s omnipotence, and await final incarceration in the lake of fire. (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Psalm 33:6; Revelation 12:3-4; Matthew 12:24-27; Job 2:1-2; Revelation 20:10; Matthew 26:41; Hebrews 1:13-14).
SATAN: He is the master deceiver who uses his tactics to turn people away from God.
We believe that Satan was originally created a holy and perfect being, but through pride and wicked ambition rebelled against God, thus becoming utterly depraved in character, the great adversary of God and His people, leader of all other evil angels and wicked spirits, the deceiver and god of this present world: that his powers are vast, but strictly limited by God who at His sovereign and permissive will overrules Satan’s wicked devices for good; that he was defeated and judged at the cross, and therefore his final doom is certain; that we are able to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God, by the blood of the Lamb and through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ephesians 6:12; I Peter 5:8;1; I John 3:8; Revelation 12:9-11; 20:10).
HUMANS: We were created in God’s image but became sinners, so we need a Savior.
We believe that man was the direct creation of God, made in His image and likeness; that by personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became a sinful creature, the father of a fallen race which is universally sinful in both nature and practice, thus alienated from the life and family of God, under the righteous judgment and wrath of God, and has within himself no possible means of salvation. (Genesis 1:27; 3:6; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23; 5:12, 19; Galatians 3:11).
MARRIAGE: A sacred institution created by God to be a life covenant between a man and a woman.
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in order to rule over creation and fill the earth with godly offspring in perfect relationship with God. In order to rule over creation in perfect harmony, God assigned the role of headship to the man and the role of suitable helper to the woman. However, because of sin, humans have distorted God’s original design for marriage in three areas. People have redefined the monogamous heterosexual nature of marriage, they have distorted the roles in marriage, and they have broken the sacred lifetime covenant that God intended for marriage to be. In contrast to these human distortions, God desires for his people to embrace only monogamous heterosexual intercourse and always within the covenant of marriage, because any other behavior outside these sacred boundaries is sexually immoral. He desires for the husband to cherish his wife and love her sacrificially as Christ loved the Church, and for the wife to respectfully submit to her husband’s headship as to the Lord. He desires for husband and wife to face conflicts in marriage by seeking reconciliation. God hates divorce but has allowed divorce and remarriage as legitimate options in extreme situations. God rejects any human version of marriage that is not monogamous and heterosexual in nature, and warns us that He will judge the sexually immoral because of acting against the created order established by God. (Genesis 1:26-31; 2:15-25; 3:1-24; Malachi 2:13-17; Matthew 19:1-12; Ephesians 5:21-33; I Corinthians 7:1-16; Hebrews 13:4).
SALVATION: We are saved by faith in Jesus based on His grace and not based on our works.
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God, neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any virtue or work of man, but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all true believers have as a present possession the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from all condemnation, every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness, and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish; that this salvation affects the whole man; that apart from Christ there is no possible salvation. (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; John 1:12; 3:14; 10:28, 29; Romans 8:1; Philippians 1:6).
GODLINESS: Loving God and desiring to honor Him is the supernatural fruit of true salvation.
We believe that godliness is not a means of salvation in any sense, but it is its proper evidence and fruit; and therefore as Christians we should obey the Word of our Lord, seek the things which are above, walk as He walked, accept as our solemn responsibility the duty and privileges of bearing the gospel to a lost world; remembering that a victorious and fruitful Christian life is possible only for those who in gratitude for the infinite and undeserved mercies of God have presented themselves wholly to Christ. This is to be demonstrated by maintaining a godly home, settling differences with believers in the church, avoiding carnality, exhibiting the fruit and fullness of the Spirit, and fulfilling the Great Commission in making disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Corinthians 6:1-8; Galatians 5:16-23; Ephesians 2:8-10; 5:18-22; 6:4; Philippians 2:16; 1 Peter 4:10-11).
RESURRECTION: God’s people will be resurrected for life, while the unsaved will be judged.
We believe that the spirits of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven, that their works shall be brought before the Judgment Seat of Christ for the determination of rewards which will take place at the time when Christ comes for His own; that the spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, that they shall be judged and cast into Hell, the place of final and everlasting punishment. (1 Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 5:8-10; Luke 16:19-23; Revelation 20:11-15).
PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS: A saved person has direct access to God and represents Him in the world.
We believe that Christ is our Great High Priest and through Him every born-again person has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest; that the believer has the right and responsibility to personally study and interpret the Scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit. (John 14:6; Hebrews 4:16; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 2:1, 5, 9).
THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST: He is the head of the church and His people honor Him.
We believe that He alone is Head of the body of Christ, into which all true believers are immediately baptized by the Holy Spirit; that all members of this one spiritual body should assemble and identify themselves in local churches. (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 4:11-15; Galatians 1:22).
THE LOCAL CHURCH: All believers must be organized in communities to serve God in unity.
We believe that a New Testament church is a local assembly of born-again baptized believers united in organization to practice New Testament ordinances, to meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching and a united testimony, and to actively engage in carrying out the Great Commission. (Acts 2:41, 42; 1 Corinthians 11:2; Matthew 28:19, 20).
THE ORDINANCES: The church practices two symbols: Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.
We believe that baptism is by immersion of believers in water, thus portraying the death, burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ;’ that the Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and cup by the believer as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41; 8:38,39; Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34).
THE AUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH: The local church is an independent and self-governing body of believers.
We believe that each New Testament church is free to govern itself without ecclesiastical interference, and should cooperate with other New Testament churches as the Holy Spirit leads; that it is responsible to follow the pattern of the New Testament church and is directly accountable to God. (Matthew 18:17; Acts 6:1-5; 13:1-3; 15:22, 23).
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: They are two separate entities with different responsibilities.
We believe that each entity has definite and distinct spheres of responsibility. (Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1-7).
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