To make disciples that make disciples, that multiply “the Church” universal to the 4th generation and beyond
Purpose of the Church
Let’s first define the concept of Church big “C”. When the C is capitalized I am referring to the true Church that God has blessed and created for the spread of the Gospel of Christ (Not a denomination). The purpose of the Church is clearly stated in Scripture. Eph 4:12 tells us clearly that the purpose of the church is for the equipping and edification of the saints for every good work. This healthy Church environment will be both encouraging and will ultimately build up the body of believers toward maturity in the faith.
In short, there are no spectators in the Church. Everyone is to understand their gifts, (1 Cor. 12:4-5, 1 Pet. 4:10, Romans 12:4-6a, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4) be trained in their giftedness and be encouraged to serve the world by exercising those gifts for the spread of the Gospel and the building of the Kingdom. In short, every believer as a missionary to there sphere of influence.
A few things the Church is not. It is not a social club, for entertainment, or pleasure or comfort.
Back to Basics
Acts 2:42 could be considered an outline for the Church to follow: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” If we are to model the modern day Church after Scripture we would need to do as they did. Church activities should include 1) teaching biblical doctrine, 2) providing a place of fellowship (joint participation) for believers, 3) observing the Lord’s supper, eating together and 4) praying.
Obedience Based Discipleship
One of the last things Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:18-20 was “GO” make disciples. This requires us as individuals to “Go” into our sphere of influence and share the Gospel, baptizing and teaching them to obey all that Jesus commanded. This is why each believer should be equipped and active in teaching those they have led to the Lord Jesus. When we do this Jesus promises that He is with us.
What Would the Acts Church Look Like Now?
We believe that the Scripture shows us that by and large the church met daily from house to house (Romans 16:5, 1 Corinthians 16:19, Colossians 4:15, Philemon 1:2). Over the years the data has shown that believers that meet in church buildings, lend themselves to a spectator type paradigm where most COME to watch, with very few GOING and doing the work of the ministry.
We believe that meeting in homes provides environments that encourage intimacy and fellowship with one another and allows everyone to operate within their gifts for furthering the Kingdom of God while studying the Word of God with oversight by biblically qualified elders.
An example of this would be distributing the teaching among a group of godly, biblical men who have met the qualifications given in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. This builds the body of Christ and equips teachers for future expansion of the church into neighboring home while taking the focus off individuals.
See Your Local Community as a Mission Field
We believe that each believer should see themselves as missionaries to their local community. We pray daily for a hunger and compassion for the lost and the boldness to share Christ with our friends, family, neighbors, and anyone who God places in our path. (Eph 2:8-10)
Every Christian as a Disciple That Makes Disciples
As we are obedient to the Great Commission given by Jesus in Matt 28:18-20 we understand that getting someone to say a prayer of repentance is NOT the goal. The above Scripture shows us that we should be prepared to teach them to obey all of Jesus’s teachings thus discipling them toward maturity in the faith. So each believer should be trained and ready to teach those that are introduced to the family of God.
Copying the Persecuted Church as the Model
In China under intense persecuting we have witnessed for years the magnificent spread of the Good News of Jesus. There is a documented 9 year period in China were 1.8 million new believers were baptized. We believe as each believer takes personal responsibility for obedience to the Scriptures and is encouraged, equipped and empowered to share, train and release, others will see the same great move of God in the Church. We believe we will see the Church get back to the basics we see in Scripture and will see a move toward personal relationship and intimacy with the Lord.
Our Vision For Calvary Fellowship in Port Saint Lucie Florida
Our hope is to see Calvary Fellowship bearing good fruit by being built completely from the harvest and not from transfer growth as we multiply churches that meet in every neighborhood through discipleship.