Living under the lordship of Christ Jesus in the workplace or wherever we are in life
1. A local church that encourages to faithfully live by the gospel
We are no longer orphans or slaves but children of God. His son/daughter-ship in the Lord needs to be the core of our being. This understanding of who we are leads us to do God’s will. We, as salt of the earth and light of the world, aim to advance the Lord’s kingdom in our workplaces, in our classrooms, and in our homes. In this world where darkness seems to prevail, we will strive to be a godly influence.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
2. A local church that loves its city, becoming the city’s foundation of peace
The Bible story starts with the garden of Eden in Genesis and ends with Jerusalem, “the New City” in Revelations. We are living in this God’s story and aiming for completion of God’s kingdom here on earth in the city. We are to build a worship community in the city that serves as the foundation of peace for all. As can be seen in the cities of refuge and Paul’s city ministry, local communities are where the Lord’s love is lived out. We seek not temporary self-serving benefits but to become the city’s foundation of peace.
“..[Christ] Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity..” Ephesians 2:14,15a
３. A church that encourages to use the gifts for service
We aim to use our positions, abilities, and finances for the stewarding of the Lord’s creation. Not idolizing them but correctly valuing them as gifts He has entrusted to us, and using them to bless the society.
“God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'” Genesis 1:28
４. A church that serves as a missional base
In a metropolitan city like Tokyo, having one church is never enough. We aim to start a new church planting in our 7th year of ministry and to start another church in 10 years. Thus, our churches will be regarded as bases to establish new churches.
We also willingly and intentionally send out people to other churches. We aim to equip both city natives and settlers as disciples of the Lord, and to send them off to new mission fields. Fire burns, Church missions. All who believe in Christ are missionaries sent forth to new fields from the day he is saved; so it is this church’s calling to become a spring of new local churches.
“So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.'” John 20:21