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The Five Distinctives of Acts 29 | Part 5: Local Church is Missional
Acts 29 is a movement of church-planting churches—not a model or a style. What binds us together is our passion to see the name of Jesus made famous throughout the world. Supporting that passion is a set of five doctrinal distinctives that not only explain what we believe, but they also give context to why we do what we do.
The following is part five of a series highlighting each of these five distinctives. To find out more about these distinctives and Acts 29's church-planting work around the globe, join us for our next Boot Camp in Orange County, California on September 19-20, 2013. Speakers include Matt Chandler, Eric Mason, Leonce Crump, Harvey Turner, and Doug Logan. To join us, please register here.
ACTS 29 EMBRACES A MISSIONARY UNDERSTANDING OF THE LOCAL CHURCH AND ITS ROLE AS THE PRIMARY MEANS BY WHICH GOD CHOOSES TO ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM ON EARTH.
The church has a clear biblical mandate to look beyond its own community to the neighborhood, the nation, and the world as a whole; thus mission is not an optional program in the church but an essential element in the identity of the church.
We are called to make Christ known through the gospel and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring his lordship to bear on every dimension of life.
The primary way we fulfill this mission is through the planting of churches that plant churches and the training of their leaders. Our aim is that Jesus Christ
would be more fully formed in each person through the ministry of those churches God enables us to plant around the world.
We also believe we are responsible neither to retreat from our culture nor to conform to it, but with humility, through the Spirit and the truth of the gospel, to engage it boldly as we seek its transformation and submission to the lordship of Christ.
(Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 10:5-25; 28:18-20; Luke 4:18-19; 24:46-47; Acts 28:31; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:10; 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10).
To read more on our Doctrinal Distinctives, please click here, and please join us for our upcoming Boot Camp in Orange County, California on September 19-20, 2013.