OSJ Ministry Basis

OSJ's Biblical Basis for Ministry:  taking a different kind of road.

The eastward view from St Leonard's Chapel, Hazlewood.  The road quickly turns into a rough farm track which needs to be travelled with great care.

We aim to serve God rather than serve organizations.1  

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." 

We also want to set people free for God 2

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

to be the people they were created to be and to use the gifts, talents and skills that they have been entrusted with by God 3,
3  1 Corinthians 12:  v1-11 (NIV)  "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good." 

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

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

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

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."

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

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."

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

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

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'.