Mission and Statement of Faith
Mission, Vision and Values
Partnering with people to transform communities for the glory of God
One Life | One Community | One Kingdom
TRUTH in Scripture
With truth being relative in our culture, we need an anchor, especially as it defines our faith.
Prayer needs to be at the core of everything we do. Not including our Saviour in every conversation, whether spoken or not, negates the relationship we ask others to do in His Name.
HELP not Hurt
In our eagerness to help, it is important that we do not create an atmosphere of entitlement. As we invisibly build into existing indigenous ministries, we need to allow the work of the local church to be the “hands and feet” of Jesus Christ.
SUPPORT the local Church
We support existing, local, indigenous churches and seek to encourage and support them as they serve the community. God has raised up men and women in this culture to reach their people for Jesus Christ.
UNITY for the Churches
As we participate in the work God is doing, our prayer is always for unity of the Church.
Especially as we all serve under one King and Saviour.
SERVE the Poor
It is our responsibility to give back to those who have less. Even our Saviour, who had no physical means, gave back what he had. To meet not only physical needs but also to journey with people to meet the deeper spiritual need of a relationship with Jesus Christ.
We are all broken, but the LORD gave us new life through Jesus Christ. Through His Love and example, we will model His life to restore the spiritual, physical and basic needs of everyone we encounter as He leads. Sharing the Good News of a Saviour that not only has the power to bring hope, but save all of humanity from eternal separation.
All were created in Christ’s image and we desire to treat everyone with equal respect, especially as we work in foreign lands and are visitors to another culture. We agree to put aside our culture and work within the way God is using the indigenous Church.
As we are a body of believers in Jesus Christ, impartiality is at the core of everything we do. We shall not prefer one side or denomination. But, in all things, work only with those who are anchored to the Word of God and are Evangelical in nature. OLOCM will always be non-denominational, and a safe, neutral place for Christ-followers.
1. Develop a spirit of evangelism within the hearts of those experiencing short term missions, overseas and at home.
2. Empower and bless the local church or ministry of the country or community we have been called to serve.
3. Bring glory to our Father and further His kingdom through obedience to His Word and calling.
As a Christian organization we seek to serve, but always within the sphere of right doctrine. This is an outline of our core doctrines and belief.
Statement of Faith
We believe that the Scripture is the inerrant and infallible Word of God. Since this is so, it is undeniably the final authority regarding faith and practice (II Tim. 3:16; Heb. 4:12).
We believe in the one true and living God, who exists eternally in three coequal persons identified as Father, Son, and Holy Sprit. He transcends time and space, and is completely perfect and holy (The Father is God – John 6:27; Eph. 4:6; The Son is God – Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:3; The Holy Spirit is God – Acts 5:3.4).
God is the active agent in redemption. Man has sinned and fallen short of God’s standard, therefore he is in need of being redeemed. This redemption has been accomplished through the work of Jesus Christ and His substitutionary death on the cross (Rom. 3:23-25).
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and is perfect in His Deity. He took upon himself a complete and perfect humanity in the incarnation. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and was crucified as a sacrifice for sins, and a substitute for sinners. He was raised personally and bodily from the dead, and is now in heaven at the right hand of God. He is our advocate before the Father, and He will be returning to gather His own to Him. At the last battle He will return to finally inaugurate His kingdom on earth (His Deity – Matt. 16:16; 26:62-64; Phil. 2:6-11; His Incarnation – Matt. 1:18; John 1:14; Gal. 4:4; His sinlessness – Heb. 4:15; His substitutionary death – II Cor. 5:21; Rom. 4:23-25; His Bodily resurrection – John 20:20, 25-29; His final triumph – Rev. 19:11-16).
The Holy Spirit is a divine person (John 14:15-18), sent to dwell, guide, teach, empower the believer (John 16:13), and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:7-11).
Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:27) he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature (Rom. 3:23), are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ (I Cor. 15:20-23). The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment (Rev. 21:8); and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss (Rev. 21:1-4).
Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God (Titus 3:4–7).
The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church (Eph. 1:22-23), which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations (Matt. 28:19-20). The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41-47).
The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent (Heb. 10:37) and will be personal and visible (Luke 21:27). This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service (Titus 2:11-14). There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life (I Cor. 15:20-23); for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment (John 5:28-29).