Our 4 Core Values-
Here are our 4 Core Values that are critical to our vision and mission. [Spelled out in the easy to remember acronym C.A.R.E. ]
1. Church and Kingdom
2. Authentic Relationships
3. Reproducing Disciples
4. Empowering Indigenous Africans
1. Church & Kingdom –
The Kingdom is the redemptive reign of Christ in all things. The Kingdom is made manifest through God’s people, through their witness of God’s rule in them; love, mercy, compassion, truth etc. The Church is the bride of Christ and Body of Christ in this world. AR submits itself to the establishing of this Kingdom and the advancing of God’s Church. Our vision, mission and focus are all subject to and shaped by this reality.
The Church (Ecclesia)
We aim at connecting those in the global Church with God’s churches in Africa so that together they can advance the cause of Christ more effectively. AR takes seriously its role in coming alongside the local church. Believing that the Church is the bride of Christ and we seek to support her efforts. Coming alongside solid local fellowships of believers, we partner to do what a local church cannot do on its own; providing infrastructure, networking and resources. We seek to also bridge the cultural divide and play an instrumental role in facilitating the relationships between churches. We cannot overstate the importance of the Church in our efforts. This quote by Tim Keller says it best.
“Only the ministry of the church of Jesus Christ, and the millions of “mini-churches” (Christian homes) throughout the country can attack the roots of social problems. Only the church can minister to the whole person. Only the gospel understands that sin has ruined us both individually and socially. We cannot be viewed as individualistically (as the capitalists do) or collectivistically (as the Communists do) but as related to God. Only Christians, armed with the Word and Spirit, planning and working to spread the kingdom and righteousness of Christ, can transform a nation as well as a neighborhood as well as a broken heart.” – Tim Keller
The Kingdom (Basileia)
The Kingdom is mentioned over 140 times in the New Testament. It is the redemptive reign of Christ in all things. His Kingdom will come in glory, in all it’s fullness at the end of this age. Yet Jesus has already began establishing it hear on earth through Himself and through his Church. The Kingdom is made manifest through God’s people, through their witness of God’s rule in them; love, mercy, compassion, truth etc. AR submits itself to the establishing of this Kingdom. Being a part of it is critical in our motivation and purpose. Our vision, mission and focus are all subject to and shaped by the establishing of this Kingdom. We feel privileged to be invited into, and being a tinny part of, the establishing of God’s redemptive Kingdom.
2. Authentic Relationships-
We seek to have deep and meaningful relationships with our partners, donors and those whom we serve. This is an important part of the foundation for all that we do together. We believe God is calling His Church to respond to the immense suffering in the world, but we are convinced that this desperately needed help must come in the vessel of relationships. God does not just want money ministering to people; He wants people ministering to people. In this context it would require the global Church to be in deep relationship with the Church in Africa. The synergy created by relationship fuels us to care enough to do something and also helps us empathize and understand first hand the complex problems that plague the people. When we enter into relationship, suffering now owns a face and action soon follows. Images of poverty seldom carry a person beyond temporal sympathy but a relationship with the poor will demand that we act. We are soon changed and we then begin to see our own poverty. Together we find that we are interdependent which translates into deep and authentic relationship.
3. Reproducing Disciples-
Disciples who makes disciples is our goal. Personal discipleship is key to transformation. Foundational to “how we do” is making disciples as Christ commissioned us to. We believe in intentionality of making disciples. Investing in the right individual today will transform the community tomorrow and the next day.
4. Empowering Indigenous Africans –
We believe in the abilities of the local people to lead and to do the work of the ministry. We understand the importance of intentionally nurturing this. In this way we avoid unhealthy dependency and paternalism and sustainability is ensured. Indigenous literally means “generated from within”. Not only was AR founded and is directed by an African whom was born and raised in Zambia and South Africa, but the direction of Africa Revolution is subject to the wisdom and leadership of our indigenous partners in Africa. AR strives to have a marked spirit of humility and submission in this area.
Our Biblical Mandate-
“…Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
1 John 3: 16-20
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.”
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matt 25: 34-40
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
“I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies.
Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.
Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
“Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?”Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”
“They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.”
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
“… Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.”
- We hold to the LAUSANNE COVENANT STATEMENT OF FAITH. Below is our simplified version of it. Click here for the full version
Our Statement of Faith-
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Reference: John 6:27; Heb.1:8; Acts 5:3,4; Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Matt 28:19; Is. 48:16
- We believe that God has revealed Himself and His truth in the created order, in the Scriptures, and supremely in Jesus Christ; and that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing, so that they are fully trustworthy and of supreme and final authority in all they say.
Reference: John 10:35; Matt. 5:18; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21; 1 Cor. 2:13; 1 Tim. 5:18; 1 Cor. 2:14-16; John 16:12-15
- We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.
Reference: John 1:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Matt. 26:38; John 11:33; John 8:40; Heb. 1:8; Heb. 2:14
- We believe God promises, to all who trust in the gospel, forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.
Reference: 2 Cor. 5:14; Mark 10:45; Rom. 3:24-26; 1 Pet. 3:18; Rom. 5:8-9; Rom. 7:15-21; 6:1-11; 8:11-13; Eph. 2:10
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the experience of judgment and then eternal suffering apart from God.
Reference: Rom. 1:4; John 20:25-27; I John 2:1; Heb. 7:25; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11 1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thess. 4:16; Rev. 20:4-6; John 5:28-29; Dan. 12:2; Rev. 21:1-8
- We believe that the one, holy, universal Church is the body of Christ and is composed of the communities of Christ’s people. The task of Christ’s people in this world is to be God’s redeemed community, embodying His love by worshipping God with confession, prayer, and praise; by proclaiming the gospel of God’s redemptive love through our Lord Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth by word and deed; by caring for all of God’s creation and actively seeking the good of everyone, especially the poor and needy.
Reference 1: Col. 1:18; Eph. 4:4-6; Acts 1:5, 11:15,16; 1 Cor. 12:13, 11:24-26; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; Matt. 16:18, 28:19
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.
Reference: Rev 7:9-10; Rev 5:9-10; John 3:16; Gal 3:27-29; Col 3:11-12;
- We believe in the blessed hope that Jesus Christ will soon return to this earth, personally, visibly, and unexpectedly, in power and great glory, to gather His elect, to raise the dead, to judge the nations, and to bring His Kingdom to fulfillment.
Reference: 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-53; Titus 2:13 Acts 1:11; Matt. 24:30; Rev. 20:4-6; Is. 9:6-7; Is. 11:2-5