Statement of Faith

The Bible

We believe the Scriptures – both the Old and New Testaments – to be the verbally inspired Word of God, written by men under God’s control, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts and the final authority in faith and life.  We accept the grammatical-historical system of interpretation of the Scriptures, and accept the historical record of the Bible as accurate, including the recent creation of the world in six literal days.

What difference does this make?

The Word of God governs everything we do as we carry out our servant mission alongside the local church on the Great Commission.  It defines for us what our role is and is not in the Great Commission.  Regarding unreached language groups, creations testimony of God (Psalm 19:1-6) is accurate, but it is not complete.  It is our role to assist local churches as they bring the fullness of the revelation of God in Scripture to these unreached language groups that do not yet have the Bible in their own language. 

The Godhead

We believe in One God, eternally existing in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who are identical in essence, equal in power and glory, and possess precisely the same attributes and perfection.

What difference does this make?

Without Scripture’s guidance, the so-called “gods” of unreached language groups will continue to reign in the lives of these sinners.  God, in all His Triune glory will remain suppressed and unknown.  The local church’s qualified missionaries have the great privilege of introducing to unreached language groups the Triune God of Scripture through evangelism and discipleship.  We assist both the sending church and their qualified missionary in this great endeavor.

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God; that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin in order that He might redeem sinful man.  He accomplished this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgment against the sin of the elect.  He gave proof that He accomplished that redemption by His bodily resurrection from the grave.  He then ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of His people.

What difference does this make?

The eternal Son accomplished everything needed to secure salvation for the elect as the God-Man.  The unreached language groups in Papua New Guinea must hear all that the Scriptures reveal concerning Jesus Christ so that He can save His own.  We support and encourage churches and their missionaries who leave the comforts of home to bring Scripture’s revelation of Jesus Christ to those who are perishing without it at the ends of the ends of the earth.

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin; that He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead; that He places all believers into the one true church, which is the Body of Christ, that He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, and bestows spiritual gifts upon them.

What difference does this make?

The same Holy Spirit who convicts of sin, regenerates, baptizes believers into the Body of Christ, indwells and seals them, is the same Spirit who empowers the witnesses of Jesus Christ to take the gospel to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).  We eagerly serve these missionary witnesses empowered by the Spirit at the ends of the earth so that the Spirit will do His powerful work of salvation in sinners.

The Condition of Humanity

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, in innocence and without sin.  But in Adam’s sin the race fell, inheriting a sinful nature, becoming spiritually dead and alienated from God so that man is a sinner both by nature and choice.  Man, of himself, is incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition.

What difference does this make?

Unreached language groups at the end of the earth have no capacity within themselves, just like us, to remedy their sad and dangerous condition.  Without the power of God for salvation in the gospel (Romans 1:16), they will perish in their sin under the just wrath of God.  We labor to help the church send their missionaries to preach the saving work of Jesus Christ to those who are dead in their transgressions and sins (Ephesians 2:1).

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace given to all whom God has elected to salvation.  It includes all that God does in saving the elect from the penalty, power, and presence of sin and in restoring them to a right relationship with God.  As such, it is solely the work of God from initiation to completion.  The regenerating work of the Holy Spirit is the cause, not the result of the believer’s saving faith.  It cannot be gained by good works but is a free gift for all who put their trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross.  All who trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are forgiven and saved from their sins, declared righteous before God and born into the family of God.  God’s purpose for saving His elect is to that they bring glory to Him by their lives.

What difference does this make?

Unreached language groups will never hear this glorious message and eternity-changing truth unless churches send to them their qualified missionaries.  Those unreached peoples must hear and read about this salvation in their own heart language.  There is no greater work we could help uphold than this ministry of gospel preaching at the ends of the earth.

Assurance, Security, and Responsibility

We believe that all the saved – those in whom God has accomplished His transforming work of grace – are kept by His power and thus, are secure in Christ forever.  This assurance, however, is not the occasion for sin, for God in His holiness cannot tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love He corrects them.  True faith in Christ is expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life that endures until death.

What difference does this make?

We rejoice in hope that one day more and more unreached language groups will experience the assurance of God’s secure salvation in Jesus Christ.  When God in His grace does save some of them, no one will be able to snatch them out of His hands, and they will persevere in their obedience to Him by that same grace.  This is what we deeply invest ourselves in at the ends of the earth alongside the church and its missionaries.

The Lordship of Jesus Christ

We believe that the Christian life is a life surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Salvation begins, and sanctification continues with this submission to the rulership of Jesus.

What difference does this make?

We support the church’s missionaries as they labor with the gospel in hopes that unreached rebels at the ends of the earth will submit themselves by faith and then obedience under the yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Sanctification

We believe that God, in the Scriptures, has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness.  This includes the salvation from the penalty of sin and just as surely the provision of sanctification (separation) from sin.  Sanctification from sin is both positional and practical.  Positional sanctification as a work of the Holy Spirit is complete and absolute; however, practical sanctification is a result of the continuing work of the Spirit using the Word of God to provide nourishment for growth into maturity in Christ.  While the process of practical sanctification is assured by the Word and the Spirit, it is yet imperfect in this life.  There is some element of corruption in every part of the fallen nature which is the source for the war between the flesh and the Spirit.  Spiritual growth occurs as believers feed on the Word and are in fellowship with other believers for encouragement and service.

What difference does this make?

The missionary sent by the church must be a living and true example of sanctification before a watching tribe.  Those who will believe Jesus within an unreached language group will follow that missionary down sanctification’s path.  We are eager to encourage and support the church’s missionaries who are on that God-glorifying path among unreached language groups in Papua New Guinea.

The Church

We believe the true Church, called in Scripture the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism incorporating every person who has trusted Jesus Christ for salvation.  The local church, as established in Scripture, is made up of redeemed individuals who have joined together for worship, instruction, fellowship, and service.  We affirm the New Testament expectation that every follower of Christ be part of the local church.  We believe the expansion and multiplication of the local church is God’s means for accomplishing the Great Commission.

What difference does this make?

On one side of our mission, without the sending church, we have no ministry to invest in.  We are not the church.  We are therefore not authorized to raise up qualified church planters nor to send them in the Great Commission.  But we long to assist the church and help it successfully carry out that great mission.  On the other side of our mission, we long to see a biblical church exist among people who do not yet have the gospel nor the church.  As we assist in those church planting labors, we uphold the missionary all the way through the church planting process in the tribe.  The goal is to see the sending church plant a New Testament church in the unreached language group led by qualified indigenous elders.

Ordinances

We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ, instituted two ordinances to be observed by all believers as a matter of obedience, not as a condition for salvation – water baptism subsequent to the believer’s profession of faith, and the Lord’s supper.

What difference does this make?

What a great joy it will be to see indigenously led churches in REACHED language groups practice these ordinances.  That will mean that Jesus’ death for forgiveness of sin is loved by them, remembered regularly by them, and proclaimed by them in their corporate worship.  It will also mean that God is saving sinners through that church’s evangelistic efforts.  Their public baptism will identify those new believers with the church as they testify of Jesus’ saving work in them.

Complementarianism

We believe that God created men and women equally in His image.  We believe that men and women have equal spiritual status in salvation.  We also affirm the beautifully complimentary differences between men and women and their different and complimentary roles given by God in the family and in the church.

What difference does this make?

We believe there is an important, indispensable role for believing women (both single and married) on the field within their biblically defined roles.  Fruitful ministry awaits them – literacy training, evangelism, discipleship, and training of women and children.  We support only missionary teams led pastorally by men.  Those teams must model for the language group what their biblical practice and roles for men and women will one day be when God raise up a new church in their tribe.

The Eternal State

We believe that at death the souls of those who have trusted Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and remain there in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at Christ’s coming for the Church, when soul and body will be reunited.  We then shall be with Him forever in glory.  We also believe that at death the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery until the final judgment when the soul and body will be reunited and cast into the lake of fire – not to be annihilated, but to be separated from God forever in conscious punishment.

What difference does this make?

This eternal state for each and every soul compels us to see the gospel penetrate with power unreached language groups who are not yet ready to step into eternity.  The church’s missionaries must be upheld well for the eternal joy that unreached souls might one day experience when their faith becomes sight.

Eschatology

We believe, according to His promise, that Jesus will physically return for His people.  This truth has been revealed to provide the believer comfort and encouragement in this life.  We believe that Jesus will return prior to establishing His kingdom on the earth, which will be followed by an eternal new heavens and new earth.

What difference does this make?

The reason believers are still here on earth is to race with the gospel to the ends of the earth with the preaching of the gospel to sinners.  We get the amazing privilege of doing so as long as Jesus tarries.  Each and every day is another opportunity to help the church push the gospel farther and to uphold their missionaries at the ends of the earth.