THE VISION FOR ‘THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH’
We will be a welcoming Church of
LOVE, HOPE and ACCEPTANCE,
where you will find
meaning, true-life and transformation
in the real Jesus Christ,
and His Power to impact the world.
We have no small vision or hope from Jesus for T.A.C.C. It is a vision of a gigantic Church lead by Jesus as Head of his Church. A Church which has the people and resources to work miracles in thousands of lives to display to the world that surrounds us what Jesus’ ‘new creation’ will look like NOW. Jesus wants to reach millions, to bring hope and transformation to all human beings in a world that is torn, invaded by evil, and broken, and destructive of people’s lives. He has called his Church to be at the centre of bringing the samples of his new hope to the whole world, and has given us all, the best reason to live – nothing short of all things made right again, now and in the future.
The heart of The Apostolic Christian Church – faithfulness to Jesus’ design for His Church, transforming his world, and his people of all ages with his Good News, in the power of the Holy Spirit – in other words: ‘Returning to the faithfulness of the original Church’.
Based on Jesus’ Mission
Jesus accomplished a powerful mission to set humanity and the world free! That mission is yet to be completed through his Church until he returns, and it is to be done as he commanded his disciples after he rose victorious from the dead, and with the authority he had received, to hand on to the Church to accomplish God’s plan – Jesus’ ‘Great Commission’, is truly great and exciting to be involved in. God still does amazing things today. If we do it his way, that is why he gives believers the Holy Spirit and his authority. First to his apostolically ordained servants to preach and teach and to forgive and retain sin, and secondly to every believer to be part of the priesthood of all believers, as the church – Jesus’ Body (The body of Christ – The Church) and presence in the world.
We do not need church growth gurus with mega-churches to try and copy, with their books and models, which assume they know better than Jesus…T.A.C.C.’s mission is what Jesus commanded, and we have seen it reap huge harvests of changed lives, healings, and deliverances as a result in many churches I have ministered in by the thousands. So here it is from Jesus himself, as he tells the church in the world, and The Apostolic Christian Church. I call it ‘THE APOSTOLIC MODEL’ delivered by Jesus himself:
T.A.C.C. MISSION = JESUS’ MISSION
Matthew 28:16-20 (RSV) – The Mission of The Church According to Jesus – Our Mission at T.A.C.C.
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
Firstly note, Jesus has received ‘authority’ through his ministry, death and resurrection to pass on to called persons an apostolic commission from God for the mission of the Church, starting with the apostles – The original witnesses of all Jesus did. He now passes on this authority to his called apostles today, all those truly ordained in apostolic succession after them by the Spirit of Jesus (Holy Spirit), to proclaim the gospel and other mandates. This authority is necessary from Jesus, and the passing on of Jesus’ authority to his apostles then and now, to preach the gospel, and forgive and to retain sins, as a result of the reception of whether people receive the glorious Gospel message and follow. This is a foundational apostolic authority from Jesus, not man, that T.A.C.C. holds dear.
Simply, Jesus gives us our three (foci) in our mission for him – they are vital and what we must remain faithful to do. Let’s explain them:
(1) “ …Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” This simply means to preach ‘The Good News of The kingdom of God in Christ’, so as to let the Holy Spirit draw people to salvation in Jesus.
However, what most people miss here, is that Jesus is not just calling us to ‘get a decision’ or ‘get a convert’ or ‘say the sinners’ prayer. He is asking us, that after conversion to the true God revealed in Jesus alone, we become followers who give our whole lives to serve Jesus’ life-transforming reason for living, and a commitment to learn, and live the Holy Scriptures, in particular, Jesus’s teachings and New Testament epistles, as a joyous process of learning discipleship that never ends in how it renews us till he returns or, we go to be with him.
(2) “…baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
Baptism is vital, it represents, that a person is joined with Jesus’ victorious death and dies with him to sin and rejects Satan and living his evil ways, one is thus immersed in water to symbolise burial with Jesus and death to our old lives. Then the candidate for baptism after being properly taught prior to baptism, comes out of the water united with Jesus’ powerful cosmic resurrection and new life. This is an awesome act of the Holy Spirit – a sacrament – and is performed as the words “I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, are pronounced by the apostolically ordained Minister of the Word (Jesus Christ). It is a vital enactment by the Holy Spirit of the death to our old sinful and damaged lives with Jesus on the cross, and our uniting with him in his resurrection, where we are set aside to God’s realm and dominion, and rescued from Satan’s reign to receive a new start and transformation.
(3) “… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…”
This is the vital part that changes lives. Jesus did not say just make converts, but disciples. Ever-learning, ever renewed followers of him. This third focus is not a focus on the Law of Moses which the Scriptures say ended in the death of Jesus, it is a focus on teaching what Jesus taught and is exciting. When we convert from darkness, to the light of Christ, we need our Master’s teaching, to know what Jesus really says – what Jesus really taught – which shocks most people joyfully when they learn them in context. Jesus’ teachings transform our lives and shine a light on his path so we know how to walk and live as Jesus’ people, his Church, his new humanity – the Body of Christ on earth. Jesus’ teachings hold the truth for the hope, transformation, meaning, true-life and love he promises.
The often-undiscovered contents of the Gospels and epistles (letters from the first apostles) are first and foremost in bringing about new human beginnings and enduring change, as they contain the words of Jesus himself and his first followers who witnessed the original Jesus.
This is an amazing life long journey of joyful living, and learning of Jesus’ teachings which must come from highly qualified teachers today, and help bring about the ‘Christ-life’ we are baptised into. We are called to obey everything JESUS has taught us – The most forgotten part of the bible today. This does not mean we neglect the Old Testament, but that the Gospels and epistles come first to shape the Christian life, then we will be able to understand better how to interpret the Old Testament. Discipleship in Jesus’ and the apostles’ teachings is therefore a highly prioritised value at T.A.C.C.
HOW? In the last verse of this passage Jesus promised “…and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” Jesus will be with us in power in the church, personally, and corporately by the sending of the Holy Spirit, given specifically for the above Great Commission. He will never leave us alone in that mission, and then he will return to complete it and make all things brand new.