OSJ Ministry Basis

OSJ's Biblical Basis for Ministry:  taking the narrow road.



The eastward view from St Leonard's Chapel, Hazlewood.


We aim to serve God rather than serve organizations.1 

We also want to set people free for God 2

to be the people they were created to be and to use the gifts, talents and skills they have been entrusted with by God 3

with recognition, support and encouragement  4, for the benefit of all.

All our work is built up on a foundation of faith, prayer and service, and we know that everyone also has a part to play, something to offer and something to value. 5

We do not rely on other groups to give us authentication, recognition or legitimacy either, especially those that are essentially divisive and excluding. 6

We don't hide behind canon, tradition or liturgy.  We stand or fall by our love of God and the ministry it generates, and need no other validation.  7

 In Luke 17: v21, Jesus said, "....the Kingdom of God is amongst you...."   We can all make it so and perhaps we would no longer be needed as an 'organization'.  

 


1         Colossians 3:  v23-24  (NIV) "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, .... It is the Lord Christ you are serving." 

2        John 8:  v32  (NIV)  "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

3        1 Corinthians 12:  v1-11 (NIV)  "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good." 

        John 13:  v35   (NKJV) "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

5        1 Corinthians 12:  v11 (NIV)  "All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines."

6        Mark 9: v38-40  (NIV) “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”  “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us."

7        Matthew 7: v15-20  (NIV)   "You will know them by their fruits."





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