Jubilee Community Church

Our Commitments

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1.  We are committed to glorifying God by enjoying Him forever.[1]

2.  We are committed to the supremacy of Jesus Christ in all things.  We desire Him to be preeminent in our church, in our message and in our methods.  There should be no mistaking who we believe to be our Creator, Savior and King.

3.  We are committed to growing in a personal, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ.  We recognize that such a relationship transforms us from old patterns of sin to a new life bearing the fruit of the Spirit.

4.  We are committed to keeping the Gospel central in our own lives, in our relationships, in our accountability, in our counseling, in our families and in our message.  In it we recognize that we are more sinful than we ever dared to imagine, and we also see that we are more loved than we ever dared to dream.  To know the Gospel is to know freedom!

5.  We are committed to the authority of the Word of God.  We seek to adopt a posture of trembling before God’s Word to which Isaiah 66:2 calls us.  We aim to give ourselves to a rigorous study of God in the Bible.  We long to hide the Word in our hearts and grow in our ability to handle it accurately.

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6.  We are committed to the local church.  We believe that healthy local churches are God’s method of reaching communities.

7.  We are committed to living as the family of God that is marked by Biblical love.  We are committed to moving beyond shallow relationships to true Biblical fellowship.  This means not only sharing Gospel truth but also our very lives.  We recognize that this is costly and can only be done in the strength that God supplies.[2] We are committed to regular shared meals as a body.[3]

8.  We are committed to seeking to make evangelism part of the fabric of all that we do.  We want every person in our body to be actively involved in using their gifts to be the witness Jesus has commissioned them to be.

9.  We are committed to seeing every person in our body discipled and trained to become a disciple maker.  As we see unique gifts and abilities in those who are being discipled, we are committed to intentional and on-going leadership development.

10.  We are committed to a Biblical understanding of healthy gender roles.  We believe men and women are equal but not identical.  God has created man and woman in beautifully, unique ways.  In the midst of much societal confusion, we seek to live in the peace of God’s truth.

11.  We are committed to living out the reconciliation to which God calls.[4]  This is essential in our community because it is filled with great diversity.  We recognize that Heaven is filled with people from every language, nation and tongue.  We now seek to live out the reconciling power of the Gospel.  We pray that we will become a house of prayer for all nations.

12.  We are committed to be ambassadors of God and making our homes embassies of the kingdom.  We believe that hospitality is an often-overlooked command in the New Testament and that it has the power to open doors for evangelism and discipleship.  We will make it our aim to regularly be in one another’s homes.  We want to be quick to invite unbelieving friends and neighbors into our homes as well as into the church.  Steve Childers has said that the key to evangelism in the next generation is hospitality.  We aim to live that out.

13.  We are committed to a financially lean budget that seeks to use resources in ways that strategically advance God’s kingdom, help the helpless, and display the beauty and glory of God to a watching world.[5]

14.  We are committed to seek to live in the power of the Holy Spirit.  The church in Acts was radically different than the group of disciples in the Gospels.  They had been given the power promised by Christ of the Holy Spirit.  We long to live in that power and see that power displayed.

15.  We desire to live as though Heaven and Hell are real.  Though all Christians mentally assent to their reality, it is less common to live in ways that are consistent with that belief; we desire to so live.

16.  We are committed to dealing seriously and violently with sin.  We take seriously the Bible’s call to put sin to death in our bodies, and we long to break free from the shackled hold that sin has on so many.  We believe that only a sober understanding of our flesh and the battle necessary to overcome it will allow us to truly walk in the holiness that God desires for our lives.  We aim to cultivate a culture of transparency, accountability and fellowship centered on the cross.  We long for God’s people to be set free from bondage to sin and to be freed to live in the peace and joy of the Spirit.

17.   We recognize that God has created each person uniquely and creatively.  He has given them gifts and talents that are fearfully and wonderfully made.  We embrace the priesthood of all believers and long for every person in our body to use the gifts God has given to them to build up the body and to be effective in witness and in love.

18.  We are committed to extending ourselves to fulfill the Great Commission through a commitment to intentional giving and going in church planting, orphan care and world missions.

Our Families

19.  We are committed to raising up men who renounce passivity and immaturity and embrace the responsibilities and high callings that God has given them.  We wholeheartedly desire to help men become the spiritual leaders of their homes as God has designed them to be.

20.  We are committed to seeing women grow and bloom in the richness and beauty of Biblical womanhood.  We desire for them to cast off the destructive lies that surround them and live in the joy and beauty that God has for them.

evertz21.  We are committed to building spiritually strong families that will see children and grandchildren love and follow Christ.[6].  God is the great Healer.  In the midst of many broken families, we recognize that God is the one who brings forth new life and health.  We are committed to helping men and women become the godly husbands and wives God has called them to be, as well as the godly fathers and mothers who will lead their families spiritually and begin a legacy and heritage of godliness.

22.   We are committed to loving children and treasuring them as gifts from God.  We are committed to calling parents to grow in their own love for God to the end that they may be able to teach and instruct their children, in all of life, in a wholehearted love for God and a humble fear of God.[7]  We are committed to helping our young people experience God and learn to walk with him in authentic and genuine ways.

23.  We are committed to helping our single people grow in their contentment and satisfaction in Christ as they use their singleness for His glory.  We also aim to help them navigate the unique challenges they encounter with wisdom and joy.  We will also seek to fold them into the lives of our families.

Our Leadership

24.   We are committed to Biblical shepherding.  The New Testament calls shepherds to watch over their own lives as well as those in their care.  We will take seriously the call to encourage, to exhort, to counsel, and to rebuke the flock.  We are committed to practicing Biblical church discipline for the good of the individual and the church.

25.   We are committed to Biblical eldership.  Elders are to be spiritually qualified men who give evidence of godly character.[8]  They are to seek to lead in humility and with great love for the flock.  They are to be assisted by deacons who also evidence of godly character and are committed to serving God’s church.

26.  We are committed to leading with love.  Christ is our great model of the great love of a shepherd.  We desire to cultivate Christ-like love in our leaders and throughout the body.

 

Our CityMinneapolis

27.  We are committed to loving our city.  We desire to seek the good of our block, neighborhood and city.[9]  We will seek to be a blessing to the Phillips and Powderhorn neighborhoods in order that their residents may see our good deeds and glorify our Father in Heaven.

28.  We are committed to the Bible’s call to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.  We reject the ‘Social Gospel,’ but we embrace the reality that the Gospel clearly has social implications.  The Bible clearly calls us to not forget the poor and to understand God’s unique heart for the poor and the vulnerable.[10]  We will seek to love the orphan, the widow and the refugee in unique ways.

29.  We aim to strengthen the many good things that God is already doing in these communities through prayer, encouragement and participation.


[1] Sam Storms says it this way, “You weren’t created for boredom or burnout or bondage to sexual lust or greed or ambition but for the incomparable pleasure and matchless joy that knowing Jesus alone can bring.  Only then, in Him, will you encounter the life-changing, thirst-quenching, soul-satisfying delight that God, for His glory, created you to experience.”
[2]  1 Thess 2:8, 1 Peter 4:11, Col 1:11
[3] We believe that as we break bread there is opportunity to live out the Bible’s commands of how we are to encourage, listen to and love one another.  As we eat together we grow in relationships.  We want to take seriously the Bible’s commands to exhort one another and to spur one another on to loving deeds.  This happens in relationships.
Hebrews 3:13
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
[4] Eph 2:14-16, Rev 5:9, Matt 5:9
[5] Matthew 5:12-14

[6] We do not have Sunday school.  Sunday school was started as an outreach to street children.  They were brought in and taught the Bible.  It was not aimed at the children of believing parents.  Scripture teaches us that parents are responsible for the Biblical instruction and training of their children.  We will instead aim to train fathers and mothers to train their own children and pursue avenues of evangelistic Biblical instruction for children.

[7] Deuteronomy 6:4-7 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
[8] 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9
[9] Jeremiah 29:7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
[10] Gal. 2:10, James 1:27, Ps 68:5-6, 146:9, Is 1:17