Society of Intentional Lives

Jesus followers committed to living holistically

We are a movement of Jesus followers who commit to living out specific values in obedience to Jesus and for the sake of his Kingdom.

How to Join SOIL

We invite you to join SOIL.

Joining simply means intentionally upholding the 12 affirmations outlined in the manifesto.

What does this mean?

1. You desire to live out these affirmations
2. You want to be in community with others who also want to
3. You welcome encouragement and accountability in upholding these

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SOIL's Manifesto

Because He first loved us and motivates us by his grace, in willing obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ and for the sake of his Kingdom, we will intentionally:

Love our neighbours as ourselves. We believe the one outstanding debt we are to have is to love others, and so we want to be known by this love (Mt 5:43-46; Rom 13:8; Gl 5:14; Ja 2:8).

Live by faith and not by sight. We are people who hope in God’s promises despite the circumstances (Job 19:25-27; Heb 6:9-20; 11:1-40; 1 Peter 1:1-16).

Serve our local church(es) in whatever capacity we are privileged to have as faithful stewards of the gifts and abilities we have been entrusted with (1 Cor 14:12; Eph 2:10, 4:12; Titus 2:14)

Celebrate community with others as we practice hospitality and share our resources for the common good (Rom 12; 1 Cor 12; Hebrews 10:23-25; 3 John 1:5-6).

Offer our homes and possessions for the sake of furthering Christ’s Kingdom. As sanctified people (set apart) we sanctify
our material possessions for holy use (Mt 6:24-35; 3 John 1:5-6).

Uphold our families. Whether we are married or single, we will protect marriage, nurture children and strive to be families submitted to the will of God as we
are encouraged by his word for our daily edification (Gen 1:26-31; 18:19; Deut
4; Ps 101; Pr 22:6; Eph 5:21-33; Titus 2
).

Make disciples. We carry on Jesus’ mission “to seek and save that which was lost” especially with regards to the widow, orphan, alien, refugee, prisoner and poor. We prioritize those who are unreached by the Good News, realizing that 25% of the world’s population still needs access to this Good News and that the “harvest is plentiful but the workers are few..”(Mt 4:23, 28:19-20; Luke 10:1-2; 19:10).

Be peace makers. We believe the work of Jesus brought reconciliation both vertically with God and horizontally with one another. We will preserve the unity of God’s people and break down barriers that divide, believing that God “gave us the
ministry of reconciliation” and “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, there is
neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, but you are all one
in Christ Jesus” (Mt 5:9; 2 Cor 5:18; Gal 3:28).

Work hard. With humble diligence in our professions, we will uphold the highest moral standards and code of ethics, as we serve our employers and fellow employees as ambassadors of Jesus’ Kingdom. (Psalm 90:12-17; Col 3:17, 23).

Act for justice and mercy. As we receive God’s justice and mercy we will both live it and be activists for it through grace and truth (Hosea 12:6; Micah 6:8; Mt 5:1-16 ).

Steward God’s creation. Because God created and it was good and his intent was that it should endure. We will take seriously our responsibility to care for it as good stewards – responsibly using its resources and renewing its beauty (Gen 1-2; Ps 2:7-12; Ps 8; Ps. 119:90-91; Rm 8:18-22; 1 Tim 4:4).

Worship. In prayer, fasting, study, meditation, service and giving, we will offer ourselves as living sacrifices set apart for God’s own possession (Rom 12:1-2; 1 Peter 2:5).

Holiness. A commitment to living pure and healthy lives. Upholding the truth that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and our homes being sanctuaries for worship and upright living (Pr 3:33; 1 Tim 5:14; Titus 2). Both our bodies and our homes need to be free from defilement and misuse (1 Cor 6:19). We live in such a way that we build up healthy habits that guard our bodies and homes from attack and cause them to be peaceful sanctuaries where God is honoured and worshiped. 

Blog Posts

I'll Say Yes Lord

Saying yes when the Lord calls is the first and most important response we need to learn as we walk the Jesus road. When Jesus told Zacchaeus to come down and welcome him to be a guest in his house, Zach didn't hesitate, he came down and…

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Posted by John Becker on May 10, 2017 at 1:31pm

The Earth Split Open!

"Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tabernacle and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the ram's horn, and all the people proclaimed, "Long live King Solomon!"

All the people followed him, playing flutes and rejoicing with such a great joy that the earth split open from the…

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Posted by John Becker on July 26, 2016 at 2:47pm — 4 Comments

".....concerning......"

Jesus promised that it was to our advantage that he return to his father because by going away he would send us the Spirit, the Helper. Jesus said, "When he comes he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement." (John 16:8)

My question this morning in light of all…

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Posted by John Becker on November 16, 2015 at 12:12pm — 3 Comments

To show how much He loved us.

God the Father sent His only Son Jesus to die on a cross.

Why? To show how much He loved us.

He loved us so much that it was worth the death of His Son. While we cannot comprehend this truth fully, I think it's worth dwelling on. Because again, if we forget that God loved us so much in the beginning…

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Posted by Nate Flynn on October 10, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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What one Rabbi says about the real threat of a failing moral fabric

Read a wonderful article by Lord…Continue

Started by John Becker Sep 20, 2011.

Our Witness in a Multi-faith World

Hi Soil. A recent document/declaration has been published after a 5 year process of dialogue between the World Council of Churches, the World Evangelical Alliance and the Catholic Church.  This gives…Continue

Started by John Becker Aug 1, 2011.

Who is the "you" for you?

Yesterday I was struck in a…Continue

Started by John Becker Jul 25, 2011.

Resonant Aliens

A great thought to reflect on regarding the church:"The Church doesn't have a social strategy, the Church is a social strategy."  One that embodies for the world a society that, apart from God, the…Continue

Started by John Becker Jun 3, 2011.

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Richness and Poverty Of A Different Kind

Sitting in my hotel room in the early hours of the morning here in Chiang Mai, I was ministered to the core of my being by these words written by Eberhard Arnold, founder of the  Bruderhof Community, in an article called Das Gluck, published in 1921. With several different emotions and conflicting struggles in my…See More
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John Becker commented on John Becker's blog post The Earth Split Open!
"Thanks for the encouragement Nate. We need to be vigilant in everyway."
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Nate Flynn commented on John Becker's blog post The Earth Split Open!
"John yes I'm so excited about our near future and yet your post encourages me to get on my knees and pray in posture of my heart ; its a great insight to point out the fear of our nation with regards to having no God and therefore no moral…"
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John Becker commented on John Becker's blog post The Earth Split Open!
"Thank you Gary, for your thoughtful response. In my journal entry from the 1 Kings reading was "the earth split open."  May it be so true when Jesus returns as it was in the day Solomon was anointed king!" Yes, the victory is His…"
Jul 26, 2016
Gary Casady commented on John Becker's blog post The Earth Split Open!
"John, I am always so very encouraged by your posts.  I recently read through The Revelation of Jesus Christ in one sitting and was so blessed, I did it again in The Message.  If you have the chance, I highly recommend this.  Jesus…"
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The Earth Split Open!

"Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tabernacle and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the ram's horn, and all the people proclaimed, "Long live King Solomon!"All the people followed him, playing flutes and rejoicing with such a great joy that the earth split open from the sound." 1 Kings 1:39-40  I try to imagine…See More
Jul 26, 2016
Daniel Robinson commented on John Becker's blog post ".....concerning......"
"Thanks brother, this post was much appreciated. I recently had a conversation with a pastor who stated that every time he comes into contact with someone who disagrees with his faith he points out scripture to show where he is right and they are…"
Nov 18, 2015
Gary Casady commented on John Becker's blog post ".....concerning......"
"Always good to hear from you.  Anxious to catch up on your trip.  You were much in our prayers.  I just finished reading again Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret.  He truly lived by continually drinking at the fountain of…"
Nov 16, 2015
Nate Flynn commented on John Becker's blog post ".....concerning......"
"Hi John, thanks for this post. It is very helpful to me. I particularly appreciate the quoted concept of being God's "look, tone, and touch". Very practical advice for me right now in my work place, where I'm really struggling.…"
Nov 16, 2015
John Becker posted a blog post

".....concerning......"

Jesus promised that it was to our advantage that he return to his father because by going away he would send us the Spirit, the Helper. Jesus said, "When he comes he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement." (John 16:8)My question this morning in light of all the heartache our world faces…See More
Nov 16, 2015
John Becker commented on Nate Flynn's blog post To show how much He loved us.
"Thanks Nate. I missed this post. What a great reminder!  Reminds me of the wonderful song Oceans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m_sWJQm2fs O that we might increase our faith and gratitude!"
Nov 2, 2015
Nate Flynn posted a blog post

To show how much He loved us.

God the Father sent His only Son Jesus to die on a cross.Why? To show how much He loved us.He loved us so much that it was worth the death of His Son. While we cannot comprehend this truth fully, I think it's worth dwelling on. Because again, if we forget that God loved us so much in the beginning (while we were yet sinners), we…See More
Oct 10, 2015
John Becker left a comment for John Dugan
"Hi John. I hope you benefit from SOIL. As you can see, sometimes SOIL gets neglected and there are few posts and interactions. But we do believe in our values and try to live them out intentionally. Please let me know how you found out about…"
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Daniel Robinson left a comment for Christine Stone
"Hello Christine, My name is Daniel and I just wanted to say welcome. May God be with you and may you be blessed in ways you can't even imagine."
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