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.
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
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.
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