To live out authentic Christianity as a family of believers who passionately desire to lay down their lives for God and for one another. Our hope is that the church will become all that Christ has called her to be, both in Cape Town and across the nations.
Joshua Generation Church is modelled around the early church written about in Acts 2:42-47.
"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."
We want to spend some time looking at the values we carry and espouse as a church. These cannot be the values of the Eldership only, but must be the values of every member of the church. To carry a different vision, is to bring division (literally meaning "two visions"). We must have one vision (Proverbs 29:18) and we must be united in that vision.
These are some of our core values, some of the things that make us what we are - our spiritual DNA if you like. Those who join us, should make every effort to develop the same DNA so that as we all make disciples, we raise up like-minded people. This does not mean uniformity however. It simply means that, as with any family, while we may have some differences, at our core our values are the same.
Devoted to the Apostles' Teaching:
Joshua Generation Church is a church built on Jesus as our chief cornerstone. In the Bible we see Jesus promising “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18). At Joshgen, we endeavour to be lead by Jesus into everything He wants us to be. We believe in the Biblical representation of leadership, with Elders and Deacons leading the church. Church leaders are to live out the qualifications mentioned in 1 Timothy 3, whereby Elders are appointed by God and are called to live in a manner that is above reproach. An Elder must be “sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach”(verse 2). Deacons are called to serve the body and must be dignified, and “hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience” (verse 9). These leaders guide the church according to what God has said in the Bible and what He is saying through tested prophetic words. Leadership is given by God and forms part of fulfilling the mission that God has given the church.
The church must be Word-based. The Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:6) and should be read, taught, understood and most importantly, obeyed. God has a plan and a purpose for His church that is revealed through scripture. It is as we renew our thinking to be in line with God’s Word, that we find His will for our lives and live in His favour (Romans 12:2).
As a church, we are committed to reaching the lost. We trust that as we live out Acts 2:42-47, we too shall experience that which the early church did when “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47b)
Devoted to the Fellowship of Believers:
Joshua Generation believes that the church is the body of Christ and is made up of many different members. Each member is called to fulfil their unique destiny according to their unique giftings and talents. All of the members unite as one body to achieve God’s Kingdom purposes.
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given one Spirit to drink.” (1 Corinthians 12:12 -13)
It is love that draws the body together and love that propels it into action. Without love the body is nothing, and it is because of this love that the body looks after itself, making sure that no one in the church lacks the spiritual care, support and discipleship they need.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and I have a faith that can move mountains, but have no love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-2)
Likewise, a lifestyle of accountability and unity is in place to ensure that every member is encouraged to fulfil their potential and grow into the fullness of Christ. Our discipleship methods are Bible-based and rooted in love for the building and strengthening of the body, so that we might present a pure and spotless bride to Christ.
One mandate given to us by God, is to help change the way the world perceives and experiences church. The way we pursue this, is through serving as a prophetic voice to the churches around us. The gift of prophecy is used to encourage and edify as well as model authentic Christianity. Through the prophetic ministry, our vision is to communicate God’s heart and eternal Kingdom to all we come into contact with.
Joshua Generation Church believes that the Spirit of God is given to each Christian for the common good. Signs and wonders are then a natural part of church as the Holy Spirit moves. This is clearly shown by the early church in Acts where many were healed and raised from the dead. It is exciting to see signs and wonders performed in the church. All these signs and wonders are for the edification and encouragement of the church. We are unapologetically charismatic in our approach as we believe in and have experienced the working of the Holy Spirit in prophecy, tongues, healings and signs and wonders. We believe that these gifts are available to the church today for the blessing of its members, but even more so to provide a testimony to our God who is living and active today. Such testimonies are powerful to build faith among believers and to conquer the enemy (Revelation 12:11). When God’s Spirit moves to bring purity, change, power and direction, we need to be flexible to be led by Him. This needs to happen with every individual in our corporate environment. We need to be prepared to put aside our own plans and agendas and follow where the Holy Spirit is taking us.
When the Holy Spirit works, He may do things that some of us find strange or uncomfortable. In such cases, we submit to His work and His ways. As leadership, we want to honour the Spirit and not grieve him, so we are unwilling to either hinder Him or to have an ‘anything goes’ approach to our meetings. Rather we wish to ‘test the Spirit’ to ensure that whatever happens brings honour and glory to God.
The Spirit also works by speaking to us and guiding us today through the prophetic. We believe that God has not only spoken to us through His Bible, but also uses the prophetic to speak to us today. Our mandate is also to be a prayerful, Bible-based church that grows and evolves through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We know that when something is healthy, it grows. The same thing applies to God's church. In such a way, God commands a healthy thing to grow. For this reason, it is important to see both spiritual growth of one’s members within the church, as well as an adding of members.