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

engaging

I have been journeying with John in his engagement in fulfilling the SOIL commitment. This led me to look back at the site and notice that it has been inactive for quite some time. I assume we have all been engaged in the current calling God has placed before each one of us. For the past four years Linda and I have been engaged in starting a shelter for runaway/homeless youth in crisis: https://www.yeshelter.org/

with a couple of forays to Kenya…

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Posted by Gary Casady on February 15, 2020 at 8:14am

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 from that moment everything changed (Lk 19). When Jesus' Spirit…

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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 sound." 1 Kings 1:39-40

  I try to imagine 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 the heartache our world faces because of terror, hatred, injustice,…

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

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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 fresh way by Paul's words to the church in Corinth, "For we are…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

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engaging

I have been journeying with John in his engagement in fulfilling the SOIL commitment. This led me to look back at the site and notice that it has been inactive for quite some time. I assume we have all been engaged in the current calling God has placed before each one of us. For the past four years Linda and I have been engaged in starting a shelter for runaway/homeless youth in crisis: https://www.yeshelter.org/with a couple of forays to Kenya and…See More
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Song: End of my journey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwSzJcBogkU&feature=youtube_gdata_playerLoved this song, gives the example of what the cross and message of Christs life. Total surrender to ego, to be resurected to live in and from spirit. Following and surrendering to Christ.To be who we are and what we have come at this time in life to do on the earth. Only through the holy spirit can that be revealed.See More
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Craig Miceli commented on Craig Miceli's blog post "Judgement is not an attribute of God" ?
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"Hi John, had great time seeing you last night! Again thank for the invite to SOIL, hope I can share some positive energy with the site!"
Sep 13, 2012
Sarah Richardson commented on Dave Dowding's blog post Holiness as loving your neighbour
"Holiness often isn't thought of in that way these days but that is so true. In what ways am I living a life that is different from the general way of the world, a life that is separated from the 'normal' way of living?"
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"Good to see you on SOIL brother.  I am excited about the possibilities. Shoot me an update on your life. Your brother, John"
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"Hi Dave it's good to see you on here. Look forwards to the conversation."
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Sarah Richardson commented on John Becker's blog post The Barn Perspective
"Amen always a difficult one to remember. :D What I do know though is that God is ALWAYS faithful. "
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Sep 10, 2012
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The Barn Perspective

Yesterday our pastor challenged us to have a "barn perspective" in relation to our possessions and giving. Many of us operate with a "bag perspective".  We treat our possessions as our private reserve, like a bag of seed with a hole in it. We are always seeking to fill our bag to get ahead, and yet we struggle to find enough as our seed spills out here and there. There is never enough to…See More
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