INTRODUCTION We, members of the Church of Jesus Christ, from more than 150 nations, participants in the International Congress on World Evangelization at Lausanne, praise God for his great salvation and rejoice in the fellowship he has given us with himself and with each other. We are deeply stirred by what God is doing in our day, moved to penitence by our failures and challenged by the unfinished task of evangelization. We believe the Gospel is God's good news for the whole world, and we are determined by his grace to obey Christ's commission to proclaim it to all mankind and to make disciples of every nation. We desire, therefore, to affirm our faith and our resolve, and to make public our covenant. 1. THE PURPOSE OF GOD We affirm our belief in the one-eternal God, Creator and Lord of the world, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who governs all things according to the purpose of his will. He has been calling out from the world a people for himself, and sending his people back into the world to be his servants and his witnesses, for the extension of his kingdom, the building up of Christ's body, and the glory of his name. We confess with shame that we have often denied our calling and failed in our mission, by becoming conformed to the world or by withdrawing from it. Yet we rejoice that even when borne by earthen vessels the gospel is still a precious treasure. To the task of making that treasure known in the power of the Holy Spirit we desire to dedicate ourselves anew. (Isa. 40:28; Matt. 28:19; Eph. 1:11; Acts 15:14; John 17:6, 18; Eph 4:12; 1 Cor. 5:10; Rom. 12:2; II Cor. 4:7) 2. THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF THE BIBLE We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We also affirm the power of God's word to accomplish his purpose of salvation. The message of the Bible is addressed to all men and women. For God's revelation in Christ and in Scripture is unchangeable. Through it the Holy Spirit still speaks today. He illumines the minds of God's people in every culture to perceive its truth freshly through their own eyes and thus discloses to the whole Church ever more of the many-colored wisdom of God. (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21; John 10:35; Isa. 55:11; 1 Cor. 1:21; Rom. 1:16, Matt. 5:17,18; Jude 3; Eph. 1:17,18; 3:10,18) 3. THE UNIQUENESS AND UNIVERSALITY OF CHRIST We affirm that there is only one Saviour and only one gospel, although there is a wide diversity of evangelistic approaches. We recognise that everyone has some knowledge of God through his general revelation in nature. But we deny that this can save, for people suppress the truth by their unrighteousness. We also reject as derogatory to Christ and the gospel every kind of syncretism and dialogue which implies that Christ speaks equally through all religions and ideologies. Jesus Christ, being himself the only God-man, who gave himself as the only ransom for sinners, is the only mediator between God and people. There is no other name by which we must be saved. All men and women are perishing because of sin, but God loves everyone, not wishing that any should perish but that all should repent. Yet those who reject Christ repudiate the joy of salvation and condemn themselves to eternal separation from God. To proclaim Jesus as "the Saviour of the world" is not to affirm that all people are either automatically or ultimately saved, still less to affirm that all religions offer salvation in Christ. Rather it is to proclaim God's love for a world of sinners and to invite everyone to respond to him as Saviour and Lord in the wholehearted personal commitment of repentance and faith. Jesus Christ has been exalted above every other name; we long for the day when every knee shall bow to him and every tongue shall confess him Lord. (Gal. 1:6-9;Rom. 1:18-32; I Tim. 2:5,6; Acts 4:12; John 3:16-19; II Pet. 3:9; II Thess. 1:7-9;John 4:42; Matt. 11:28; Eph. 1:20,21; Phil. 2:9-11) 4. THE NATURE OF EVANGELISM To evangelize is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that as the reigning Lord he now offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gifts of the Spirit to all who repent and believe. Our Christian presence in the world is indispensable to evangelism, and so is that kind of dialogue whose purpose is to listen sensitively in order to understand. But evangelism itself is the proclamation of the historical, biblical Christ as Saviour and Lord, with a view to persuading people to come to him personally and so be reconciled to God. In issuing the gospel invitation we have no liberty to conceal the cost of discipleship. Jesus still calls all who would follow him to deny themselves, take up their cross, and identify themselves with his new community. The results of evangelism include obedience to Christ, incorporation into his Church and responsible service in the world. (I Cor. 15:3,4; Acts 2: 32-39; John 20:21; I Cor. 1:23; II Cor. 4:5; 5:11,20; Luke 14:25-33; Mark 8:34; Acts 2:40,47; Mark 10:43-45) 5. CHRISTIAN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY We affirm that God is both the Creator and the Judge of all people. We therefore should share his concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of men and women from every kind of oppression. Because men and women are made in the image of God, every person, regardless of race, religion, colour, culture, class, sex or age, has an intrinsic dignity because of which he or she should be respected and served, not exploited. Here too we express penitence both for our neglect and for having sometimes regarded evangelism and social concern as mutually exclusive. Although reconciliation with other people is not reconciliation with God, nor is social action evangelism, nor is political liberation salvation, nevertheless we affirm that evangelism and socio-political involvement are both part of our Christian duty. For both are necessary expressions of our doctrines of God and man, our love for our neighbour and our obedience to Jesus Christ. The message of salvation implies also a message of judgment upon every form of alienation, oppression and discrimination, and we should not be afraid to denounce evil and injustice wherever they exist. When people receive Christ they are born again into his kingdom and must seek not only to exhibit but also to spread its righteousness in the midst of an unrighteous world. The salvation we claim should be transforming us in the totality of our personal and social responsibilities. Faith without works is dead. (Acts 17:26,31; Gen. 18:25; Isa. 1:17; Psa. 45:7; Gen. 1:26,27; Jas. 3:9; Lev. 19:18; Luke 6:27,35; Jas. 2:14-26; Joh. 3:3,5; Matt. 5:20; 6:33; II Cor. 3:18; Jas. 2:20) 6. THE CHURCH AND EVANGELISM We affirm that Christ sends his redeemed people into the world as the Father sent him, and that this calls for a similar deep and costly penetration of the world. We need to break out of our ecclesiastical ghettos and permeate non-Christian society. In the Church's mission of sacrificial service evangelism is primary. World evangelization requires the whole Church to take the whole gospel to the whole world. The Church is at the very centre of God's cosmic purpose and is his appointed means of spreading the gospel. But a church which preaches the cross must itself be marked by the cross. It becomes a stumbling block to evangelism when it betrays the gospel or lacks a living faith in God, a genuine love for people, or scrupulous honesty in all things including promotion and finance. The church is the community of God's people rather than an institution, and must not be identified with any particular culture, social or political system, or human ideology. (John 17:18; 20:21; Matt. 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; 20:27; Eph. 1:9,10; 3:9-11; Gal. 6:14,17; II Cor. 6:3,4; II Tim. 2:19-21; Phil. 1:27) 7. COOPERATION IN EVANGELISM We affirm that the Church's visible unity in truth is God's purpose. Evangelism also summons us to unity, because our oneness strengthens our witness, just as our disunity undermines our gospel of reconciliation. We recognize, however, that organisational unity may take many forms and does not necessarily forward evangelism. Yet we who share the same biblical faith should be closely united in fellowship, work and witness. We confess that our testimony has sometimes been marred by a sinful individualism and needless duplication. We pledge ourselves to seek a deeper unity in truth, worship, holiness and mission. We urge the development of regional and functional cooperation for the furtherance of the Church's mission, for strategic planning, for mutual encouragement, and for the sharing of resources and experience. (John 17:21,23; Eph. 4:3,4; John 13:35; Phil. 1:27; John 17:11-23) 8. CHURCHES IN EVANGELISTIC PARTNERSHIP We rejoice that a new missionary era has dawned. The dominant role of western missions is fast disappearing. God is raising up from the younger churches a great new resource for world evangelization, and is thus demonstrating that the responsibility to evangelise belongs to the whole body of Christ. All churches should therefore be asking God and themselves what they should be doing both to reach their own area and to send missionaries to other parts of the world. A reevaluation of our missionary responsibility and role should be continuous. Thus a growing partnership of churches will develop and the universal character of Christ's Church will be more clearly exhibited. We also thank God for agencies which labor in Bible translation, theological education, the mass media, Christian literature, evangelism, missions, church renewal and other specialist fields. They too should engage in constant self-examination to evaluate their effectiveness as part of the Church's mission. (Rom. 1:8; Phil. 1:5; 4:15; Acts 13:1-3, I Thess. 1:6-8) 9. THE URGENCY OF THE EVANGELISTIC TASK More than 2,700 million people, which is more than two-thirds of all humanity, have yet to be evangelised. We are ashamed that so many have been neglected; it is a standing rebuke to us and to the whole Church. There is now, however, in many parts of the world an unprecedented receptivity to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are convinced that this is the time for churches and para-church agencies to pray earnestly for the salvation of the unreached and to launch new efforts to achieve world evangelization. A reduction of foreign missionaries and money in an evangelised country may sometimes be necessary to facilitate the national church's growth in self-reliance and to release resources for unevangelised areas. Missionaries should flow ever more freely from and to all six continents in a spirit of humble service. The goal should be, by all available means and at the earliest possible time, that every person will have the opportunity to hear, understand, and to receive the good news. We cannot hope to attain this goal without sacrifice. All of us are shocked by the poverty of millions and disturbed by the injustices which cause it. Those of us who live in affluent circumstances accept our duty to develop a simple life-style in order to contribute more generously to both relief and evangelism. (John 9:4; Matt. 9:35-38; Rom. 9:1-3; I Cor. 9:19-23; Mark 16:15; Isa. 58:6,7; Jas. 1:27; 2:1-9; Matt. 25:31-46; Acts 2:44,45; 4:34,35) 10. EVANGELISM AND CULTURE The development of strategies for world evangelization calls for imaginative pioneering methods. Under God, the result will be the rise of churches deeply rooted in Christ and closely related to their culture. Culture must always be tested and judged by Scripture. Because men and women are God's creatures, some of their culture is rich in beauty and goodness. Because they are fallen, all of it is tainted with sin and some of it is demonic. The gospel does not presuppose the superiority of any culture to another, but evaluates all cultures according to its own criteria of truth and righteousness, and insists on moral absolutes in every culture. Missions have all too frequently exported with the gospel an alien culture and churches have sometimes been in bondage to culture rather than to Scripture. Christ's evangelists must humbly seek to empty themselves of all but their personal authenticity in order to become the servants of others, and churches must seek to transform and enrich culture, all for the glory of God. (Mark 7:8,9,13; Gen. 4:21,22; I Cor. 9:19-23; Phil. 2:5-7; II Cor. 4:5) 11. EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP We confess that we have sometimes pursued church growth at the expense of church depth, and divorced evangelism from Christian nurture. We also acknowledge that some of our missions have been too slow to equip and encourage national leaders to assume their rightful responsibilities. Yet we are committed to indigenous principles, and long that every church will have national leaders who manifest a Christian style of leadership in terms not of domination but of service. We recognise that there is a great need to improve theological education, especially for church leaders. In every nation and culture there should be an effective training programme for pastors and laity in doctrine, discipleship, evangelism, nurture and service. Such training programmes should not rely on any stereotyped methodology but should be developed by creative local initiatives according to biblical standards. (Col. I:27,28; Acts 14:23; Tit. 1:5,9; Mark 10:42-45; Eph. 4:11,12) 12. SPIRITUAL CONFLICT We believe that we are engaged in constant spiritual warfare with the principalities and powers of evil, who are seeking to overthrow the Church and frustrate its task of world evangelization. We know our need to equip ourselves with God's armour and to fight this battle with the spiritual weapons of truth and prayer. For we detect the activity of our enemy, not only in false ideologies outside the Church, but also inside it in false gospels which twist Scripture and put people in the place of God. We need both watchfulness and discernment to safeguard the biblical gospel. We acknowledge that we ourselves are not immune to worldliness of thoughts and action, that is, to a surrender to secularism. For example, although careful studies of church growth, both numerical and spiritual, are right and valuable, we have sometimes neglected them. At other times, desirous to ensure a response to the gospel, we have compromised our message, manipulated our hearers through pressure techniques, and become unduly preoccupied with statistics or even dishonest in our use of them. All this is worldly. The Church must be in the world; the world must not be in the Church. (Eph. 6:12; II Cor. 4:3,4; Eph. 6:11,13-18; II Cor. 10:3-5; I John 2:18-26; 4:1-3; Gal. 1:6-9; II Cor. 2:17; 4:2; John 17:15) 13. FREEDOM AND PERSECUTION It is the God-appointed duty of every government to secure conditions of peace, justice and liberty in which the Church may obey God, serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and preach the gospel without interference. We therefore pray for the leaders of nations and call upon them to guarantee freedom of thought and conscience, and freedom to practise and propagate religion in accordance with the will of God and as set forth in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We also express our deep concern for all who have been unjustly imprisoned, and especially for those who are suffering for their testimony to the Lord Jesus. We promise to pray and work for their freedom. At the same time we refuse to be intimidated by their fate. God helping us, we too will seek to stand against injustice and to remain faithful to the gospel, whatever the cost. We do not forget the warnings of Jesus that persecution is inevitable. (I Tim. 1:1-4, Acts 4:19; 5:29; Col. 3:24; Heb. 13:1-3; Luke 4:18; Gal. 5:11; 6:12; Matt. 5:10-12; John 15:18-21) 14. THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father sent his Spirit to bear witness to his Son; without his witness ours is futile. Conviction of sin, faith in Christ, new birth and Christian growth are all his work. Further, the Holy Spirit is a missionary spirit; thus evangelism should arise spontaneously from a Spirit-filled church. A church that is not a missionary church is contradicting itself and quenching the Spirit. Worldwide evangelization will become a realistic possibility only when the Spirit renews the Church in truth and wisdom, faith, holiness, love and power. We therefore call upon all Christians to pray for such a visitation of the sovereign Spirit of God that all his fruit may appear in all his people and that all his gifts may enrich the body of Christ. Only then will the whole church become a fit instrument in his hands, that the whole earth may hear his voice. (I Cor. 2:4; John 15:26;27; 16:8-11; I Cor. 12:3; John 3:6-8; II Cor. 3:18; John 7:37-39; I Thess. 5:19; Acts 1:8; Psa. 85:4-7; 67:1-3; Gal. 5:22,23; I Cor. 12:4-31; Rom. 12:3-8) 15. THE RETURN OF CHRIST We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, in power and glory, to consummate his salvation and his judgment. This promise of his coming is a further spur to our evangelism, for we remember his words that the gospel must first be preached to all nations. We believe that the interim period between Christ's ascension and return is to be filled with the mission of the people of God, who have no liberty to stop before the end. We also remember his warning that false Christs and false prophets will arise as precursors of the final Antichrist. We therefore reject as a proud, self-confident dream the notion that people can ever build a utopia on earth. Our Christian confidence is that God will perfect his kingdom, and we look forward with eager anticipation to that day, and to the new heaven and earth in which righteousness will dwell and God will reign forever. Meanwhile, we rededicate ourselves to the service of Christ and of people in joyful submission to his authority over the whole of our lives. (Mark 14:62; Heb. 9:28; Mark 13:10; Acts 1:8-11; Matt. 28:20; Mark 13:21-23; 1 John 2:18; 4:1-3; Luke 12:32; Rev. 21:1-5; II Pet. 3:13; Matt. 28:18) CONCLUSION Therefore, in the light of this our faith and our resolve, we enter into a solemn covenant with God and with each other, to pray, to plan and to work together for the evangelization of the whole world. We call upon others to join us. May God help us by his grace and for his glory to be faithful to this our covenant! Amen, Alleluia!
PRAYER 24.365 JOINT DECLARATION
PRAYER 24.365 JOINT DECLARATION (Ps 2:7-9, Is 62:6-7) We, who desire the revival of the kingdom of God and the completion of mission, praise the Lord who will accomplish the evangelization of the world that is to save the corrupt world currently in the hands of the evil one. We humbly admit that such a great task cannot be accomplished by human wisdom or power. It can only be done by the power and wisdom of God, and it requires worldwide cooperation as one body in Christ that goes beyond the boundaries of one particular organization, denomination or individual.(Ephesians1:10) Reflecting upon our lives, we now decide to unite all our prayer ministries until the day of the Lord's return so that we can respond to God's calling in complete obedience. NOW IS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A GREAT SPIRITUAL HARVEST AS WELL AS A TIME OF CRISIS 1. OPPORTUNITY We live in an age of rapid globalization and modernization that is unparalleled in history. We believe that God has already provided abundantly within the church all the human and material resources, organizations and means to accomplish his mission. If we make efficient use of all these resources, we will, without doubt, extend the blessings of the gospel to the ends of the earth. Now is the opportunity. 2. CRISIS We have come to a point where we, as Christians who look forward to the day when the gospel has been preached to all nations and peoples, must examine ourselves carefully. We must ask ourselves "do we truly accept the completion of mission as the Lord's most important command, and live our lives accordingly?" If we cannot say yes to that question, then we need to realize that we are in a spiritual crisis. (Mt 24:14, 28:18-20, 6:33, Ac 1:7-8) 3. ATTITUDE Satan, who is against God and wants to destroy the human-race, is working relentlessly with all his power and resources. However, we, the children of light, have been indulging in success-seeking and selfish ambitions, which have caused division and unnecessary competition, and we have neglected the work of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1Pt 5:8, 1Cor 3:3, Phi 1:15, 2:2-5) 4. RESPONSIBILITY We, created in God's image, have a great responsibility for the world, and are children of God, peace-makers, and spiritual priests who intercede with God for mankind. ① the Gospel and the Holy Spirit: only when we are true to the gospel which has Christ and the cross at its heart, can we experience the power of God. While acknowledging the need for various methods and systems for spreading the gospel, we confirm that nothing can take the place of the Holy Spirit. Prayer, which is based upon the mediation of Jesus through the cross and help of the Holy Spirit, is the fountain of power in all our ministries. ② Spiritual awakening: the corruption in society, the increasing secularization of the church and division amongst missionaries on the mission field are signs of the current spiritual crisis. We believe that we can experience the revival of God's kingdom if we repent, since we have become indifferent to sin and tolerant towards the world, and seek God's mercy through a spiritual awakening. (Gen 1:26-28, Ac 10:36, 2Cor 5:18-19, Rom 15:18, Dan 9:20, 2Ch 7:14, Ps 80:3, Heb 3:2) 5. UNITY Christ is the head of the church, the church is His body, and we are called to be different parts of the body. We are "God's people and members of God's household built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone". In other words, we are called to be one in spirit and one in hope. However we admit that we have not fulfilled the responsibility of building up the body of Christ through supporting and caring for one another. Therefore by loving one another we will show that we are disciples of Jesus and in doing so God's blessings will flow into every part of the world. (Eph 2:20-22, 1Cor 12:13, 25-27, Eph 4:4, 4:16, Col 2:19) 6. SPIRITUAL WARFARE "We know that our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the unseen spiritual forces of evil". This struggle cannot be fought with human wisdom or power but only with the power of the Almighty. Thus prayer is of the essence in all our efforts in this matter. We declare that God the Father, who is the Creator, the Ruler and to whom be all the glory, is the only object of our worship. Also we believe that prayer, which is offered in the Name of Jesus Christ and thus carries His authority, is the power that shatters the strongholds of evil and establishes the Kingdom of God on earth. (Eph 6:12, Ps 18:39, 20:5, Ex 17:11, Phi 2:10-11) OUR TASK FOR THE EVANGELISATION OF THE WORLD We now stand amazed at what God is doing in our age, and realize our role in world evangelization. We believe that God will unite His children all over the world by demolishing all the barriers; denominations, nationalities, and so on. Our priority is to pray in unity for the common goal of the revival of the Kingdom of God and the completion of his mission. Our mission is that the church, which is the body of Christ, stands together as one and focuses its prayers by way of a chain of prayer for 24 hours, 365 days until the day of the great victory. We are one family in the faith and believe in the final victory by God's grace. We consider PRAYER 24.365 to be our mission, and we are called to serve so that worldwide prayer may arise and continue until the day he comes. We hereby confirm our resolution and make it known. June. 2004
Declaration of Gospel Prayer Alliance
[Declaration of Gospel Prayer Alliance] The Lord has called us to the complete and absolute 'Gospel of the Cross' that has been revealed in the Bible, and has allowed us to put to death our egocentric life of "self" through the Cross and exchanged it with the newness of "life" that is in Jesus. Luke24:44-48/Rom6:1-7/Rom16:25-27/1Cor1:17-24/1Cor2:2/1Cor15:3-4/Eph1:3-14/1Pet1:23-25 By means of this grace, we solely acknowledge the infallible Gospel, not as nominal Christians, but as Christians that have been redeemed to live out the 'Life of Jesus' with the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Therefore, we have now become witnesses of the Gospel and consider the Cross to be our sole purpose and pride in life; in addition the Gospel has become our everything, and the Lord - all that we need. Gal6:14/Eph2:1-10/Phil1:20-21/Phil3:7-16/Phil4:13/Titus1:16 Because the 'Gospel of the Cross' should not be restricted to our joy and self-satisfaction alone, we will not leave the "house of prayer" until all nations return to the Lord of lords in worship. We will continue to devote ourselves in prayer until the day of the wedding banquet of the Lamb and until our Groom Jesus returns to the New Jerusalem with a great cloud of witnesses. Ps2:7-9/Is62:6-7/Matt24:14/Matt28:18-20/Rom10:11-15/1Thess4:14/Rev19:6-9/Rev21:2/ Rev21:10 We will unite and serve each other unconditionally under the banner of 'the Gospel Prayer Alliance' and on the cross where "I" died and Jesus lives, so that we may assist in advancing the Kingdom of God and completing the mission that will reveal the glory, power and the blessing of the only gospel, that is the'Gospel of the Cross' that has been fulfilled through the Triune God Himself. Ps133:1-3/John17:20-26/1Cor12:12-14/Gal2:20/Gal6:2/Eph4:1-16/Eph2:20-22/Phil2:1-2/Phil4:2/Col3:3 As we wholly believe in the promise of the Lord's prompt return, and we look forward to a day when the flag of victory is lifted high in the Lord's hands; we shall strive and continue to go forth to end the war against Satan and the evil that is trying to destroy humanity with sin and turn our generation against God. Matt16:28/Matt24:34/Eph6:10-17/Col2:14-15/2Pet3:12/Rev17:14/Rev19:11-16/Rev22:10-16/ Rev22:20 [Gospel Prayer Alliance Code of Conduct] As a part of this declaration, the 'Gospel Prayer Alliance' has decided to live in such a way as the Bride carrying an iron rod; furthermore, we pledge to adhere to the code of conduct and live according to the standard of the Gospel in our own respective fields called by the Lord. Gal5:20-22/Eph4:17-24/Phil1:27-30/Col3:1-17/2Tim2:3-5/Heb4:14/Heb12:1-2/Rev2:27/Rev19:5-10 I. About Service We will only worship the Triune God as true worshippers whom God seeks, abiding in the Holy Spirit that shines the light of the Gospel for the furthering of the Gospel of Truth, which has been completely revealed to us at the cross. I. About the Gospel We acknowledge, share, and glorify the Gospel by ubiquitously sharing the complete and absolute Gospel of the cross that is revealed in the Bible so that all nations may believe and fall in utter obedience to the Lord. I. About Prayer As priests, who hold the ministry of reconciliation, we press in daily to the place of prayer at designated times for advancing of the Kingdom of God and completing the mission of the Kingdom of God and His will. I. About Unity As the church universal, which the Holy Spirit has united in the one Body of Christ, we will love and serve one another wherever the Lord has called and sent us, and we will unconditionally unite through the Gospel and prayer. I. About Authority We believe in the sovereignty of the Triune God. We declare that every situation is permitted and planned by God; we will wholeheartedly obey spiritual authority without reservation. I. About Possessions We believe our Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of all things; therefore, we will live a life that rejects worldly and earthly values and choose the "heavenly"--this means filling other's deficiency with our abundance; we strive to live out the reality of a traveler's life where one considers their possession not as their own. I. About Missions We will only accept the completion of missions on Earth as the standard in being obedient to the Lord. We believe the first priority in obeying the Lord is fulfilling the Great Commission, and we partner with Lord by making the abovementioned value tangible through time, money, health, gift, relationship, and all other aspects in life. The completion of missions is of utmost priority and we will diligently make these aspects accessible for the prompt return of our Lord Jesus Christ. [An Explanation to Declaration of Gospel Prayer Alliance] Despite the strong resistance from the world, the Kingdom of God advances towards the "Day" without hindrance. The more evil reveals its identity through lies and injustice, the more witnesses of the Lord will be refined and raised up. This is solely based on the power of the absolute Gospel, the complete life, which lacks nothing and is the answer in all situations. The Faithful Lord has promised to firmly establish a church that is the Holy bride and solider of Christ amidst the existing threats and evil powers. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit allows us to believe in this promise, and the Spirit gives us assurances to live by faith, and in prayer, we will seek fulfillment of the promise. Therefore, we confess that the Church of the Lord is already united as one body, and that we are left with the choice to unite in the Gospel and prayer. Why should we unite? We must unite because we are at war. Within war emerges alliances, and the soldiers of ward must clarify their allegiances. The reason the unity of alliances has not been fulfilled is a direct result of not recognizing that this is a time of war. The instant one realizes that we are in a 'state of war', one will recognize one's identity and affiliation. Throughout history and during times of tribulations, our forefathers of faith have stood firm in the promise of the Lord. Although in the context of their time period, our forefathers stated their confession of faith to the world The early persecuted church summed up the promise of their faith with the Apostles' Creed; furthermore, the Gospel-based churches, challenged by the liberalistic theology, overcame and this has repeatedly occurred in history all the way to most recent Lausanne Covenant. In response and gratitude to the Lord, who has enabled the challenges of the church to become opportunities of covenant renewal and to resolidify the true Gospel again, we have identified seven values that the Declaration of Gospel Prayer Alliance believes Christians are called to follow and adhere. The Declaration of Gospel Prayer Alliance has and will ask each participant to identity and affiliate themselves. The code of conduct will reflect the essence of faith in pursuing our mission. The Declaration of Gospel Prayer Alliance has summarized the details of faith received by grace in this order: Gospel, Prayer, Alliance, and Declaration. Furthermore, the Declaration of Gospel Prayer Alliance will not be reduced to eliciting superficial commitments or ideological agreements limited to intellectual agreement. The essence of a bride is purity and the essence of a solider is war. Therefore, we must respond to this call of duty and live a life fitting to the Gospel and wage war against the world with a clear affiliation as the bride and soldier of the Lamb. In addition to taking part in the declaration as a Gospel Prayer Alliance, our battle has become a reality, and by lining up for battle before the Lord, who is now numbering His forces, we will wait for the next orders for advancement of the Kingdom of God. In this section, the Gospel Prayer Alliance Code of Conduct is presented in specific detail. [An Explanation to Gospel Prayer Alliance Code of Conduct] We were once enemies of the Lord, and by our sinful nature we worshipped ourselves and lived lives enslaved to sin and dead in our transgressions. Yet the complete and absolute Gospel crushed the authority of the devil and conquered death; moreover, it moved us to the Kingdom of the Love of the Son, made us into children of light, and called us to be the true worshippers whom the Lord is searching. We have become worshippers that give a sweet and holy sacrifice; we are worshippers praising in spirit and in truth. We confess daily that we will not worship things we can see, but we will worship the Triune God. The blood of the Lord and His work on the Cross has become the new and living path for us to go in experiencing our Living God. When we state that we worship God alone, we are making a commitment that entails the satisfaction can only be quenched when Jesus Christ is Lord in every aspect of our lives. It is a choice to worship the Lord and to accept the knowledge of the sovereignty of the Lord in all situations regardless of what we can see with our eyes. The Word of the Lord promises that nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ. This is why we worship the Lord in every circumstance. In a communal worship that includes all religious rituals and formalities and also in all aspects of our daily lives and devotions, we worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. Through this service, we recognize that Jesus is undeniably the primary reason of our existence. We are aware that the complete and absolute Gospel of the cross is being challenged by people, who are ignorant or negligent of the Gospel, and who are living lives that are irreverent towards the Gospel. We rise up against Satan's ploy to modify and supplement the Gospel. We believe the misconstruing of the Gospel is the reason why we cannot experience the its power, and those are rail against it have not fully put to death the possibility of self-worship; in addition, they have been unable to unite with a faith to the complete Gospel. We confess that we are absolutely reliant on the Lord, and that not even one of us can live our lives without His Grace, and we stand before the Gospel of the cross just as we did the first time met the Lord. We are called to live a deeply blessed life by glorifying the Gospel, and recognizing it as the passageway of blessings by sharing the Gospel as revealed through the Bible but also living out 'My Gospel,' in our daily lives. By being obedient to Revelation 1:3 which states, "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near," we will fully obey all the teachings shown by the Word. We refuse to be people who hear the Word and not practice; rather we choose to live out the Word, as the witness of the transforming Gospel. Prayer does not begin when we have problems that need solving or hopes and wishes that need fulfilling; prayer begins with the Word of God. The Holy Spirit grants faith to those who believe in the Word of the Lord and His faithful covenant - all while we are in prayer, and the Spirit will in turn allow us to pray with faith for all nations. Therefore, prayer has become the Lord's faithful measure for Christians live out the Gospel. Without prayer, there is not a single person that can live out the Gospel, and without the Gospel of the cross, no one can go forth to God the Father in prayer. Likewise, the only way to live out the Gospel is through prayer. However, in today's churches, there are many misunderstandings concerning prayer. Simply stopping at prayer petitions and problems without confronting the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life and without crucifying the old "self" , the church has not been able to experience the joy of partaking in the power and glory of the Kingdom of God through prayer. Furthermore, the Lord's promise to give over the nations when we ask will not be issued due to the negligent and overlooked duties as watchmen for the world. Unfortunately, all our prayers are still centered around "me", "my family", "my church", and "my country". Yet, now as heirs of the life of Jesus Christ and as intercessors that seek His Kingdom and will, we have decided to unwaveringly give ourselves to continuous, collected, united, and focused prayer - to see the Kingdom of God reign in all nations. Concerning the usage of our time, our first priority is to obey and maintain a time of prayer that has been pledged to God. As Daniel took on his duty as a regulated and prayerful watchman each day, each of us will take on the responsibility for an alliance of prayers that are tangibly united and explicitly agreed upon. Also, in response to the call as watchmen that react sensitively to the urgent situations of the nations, we will stand as watchmen that seek the will of God, steering away from our own agendas, so the Word of the Lord can reign over all the nations. We intercede with the hope that the church will be raised as an All Nations Prayer Center, and we will respond with sensitivity to enter the place of prayer. We are the temple of the body of the Lord that is being raised together with Christ, our Cornerstone. The two pillars that the Lord set up in the temple, Jachin and Boaz, each carry the meanings that 'God has raised' and 'with Him is the power.' We affirm that the universal church of the Lord that the Holy Spirit has already made into one, can unite through the Gospel that He has established and the prayer that keeps God from resting by ceaselessly acknowledging that the power is in Him. Even though the parts of our body take on different forms, duties and therefore different traits accordingly, we believe we can unite with the Gospel and prayer. Through the Gospel of the cross that makes the life of Jesus Christ, not myself, the reality, and prayer that allows us to put our faith in the Word leading to obedience, the body of Christ will become one. For this end, we are determined to unite by giving our bodies to the place where the Gospel is proclaimed and prayer becomes a reality. We believe Jesus is the supreme head of the Church, and as the body of Christ, we have become citizens of the Kingdom of God inheriting the spiritual authority. This authority is materialized with a clear duty, and the duty is followed by role that must be fulfilled. Therefore, in obedience to the role given to each of us, we will fully exercise the authority allotted to each person. In addition, all authority reveals Christ Jesus as the Head of the Church, and we believe that this will glorify the entire body. We believe that spiritual authority has been instituted by God, who is the ultimate authority, and therefore, the heart fearing God will wholeheartedly obey all authority established by God in all situations. Christ Jesus is the Head of the church, and the church is the body of Christ. Each of us has been called to become a part of the body, so we confess that the will of God is to dedicate ourselves as dwelling places fulfilling unity through serving whomever, wherever. As Macedonian Church (1 Cor 8:5) fulfilled true unity, dedicating themselves to the Lord, and giving themselves wholeheartedly to the community at large, they followed the Lord's will and served the Jerusalem Church. In turn, we are emphasizing that the church must now dedicate themselves to the Lord (as the universal body of Christ) by giving themselves in becoming one with unconditional love and service. The reason Jesus became poor and gave up His majesty was in order to give us all His riches. This unity has become the essence of Jesus' life, which He himself modeled. Believers who are united in this life can fulfill God's Will by providing each other's lacking through deep life of sharing. This became a powerful witness to the Gospel that enabled and empowered the lives of all believers, whether when God met them in the wilderness or in the early church period. Now despite the wealth, life, knowledge, prayer, talents, and gifts amidst the Gospel Prayer Alliance, we believe that the sovereignty of all our possessions is Gods' and given to God. We have placed our possessions in full submission and obedience to the will of God; therefore we will stand as passageways of sharing all of the above where and when there is a need. We are called to fulfill our brother's needs, and joyfully construct the Kingdom of God. For this reason, the Gospel Prayer Alliance will express the "body" of what is given to each person abundantly, and actively apply the institutional strategy to create unity through helping one another in a very tangible manner. Missions is when the world believes in the one and only Son of God whom God sent to save the world reconciling the world to God. Missions began with God, and will be most definitely completed by Him. We, as the Body of Christ, have been called to fulfill this commission. Throughout history, the task of missions has been fulfilled on God's terms, and in turn, we live a mission-based life. The Gospel Prayer Alliance earnestly yearns for the Day of the Lord's Advent, and in following the footsteps of our forefathers of faith, we too are burning with passion to hasten the Day of His return, placing our highest priority in our calling for the completion of missions. Therefore, we fix our eyes on the glory of the Day when missions is completed, and our Lord returns. The Gospel Prayer Alliance seeks to simplify lives as soldiers living in the time of war, praying for the return of our great Savior. Time, money, health, gifts, relationships, and all other possessions that the Lord has graciously given will be forward-based to fulfill the completion of missions. A proclamation has been set that such factors will not cause hindrance; we are determined to live lives at worthy of the call to a mission-based life. As ones called to a missional living, we will be 'sent out' or we will be 'senders', confessing that these roles can be strategically changed with authority in the Lord. We are aware that in every environment and relationship, we are missionaries that have been 'sent.' Therefore, in order for us to efficiently advance the Kingdom of God promptly, we will invest and participate through giving money, time and resources toward a series of training that will provide necessary knowledge and skill needed for a missional life. Finally, we are convinced that the essence of the church we serve is a 'mission-based church', and we will serve the church in order that the church faithfully devote to its essence.
Prayer 24365 Agreement
1. I, as a Christian, give thanks and glory to God who allowed me to participate in the 24hour-365 days continuous and united prayer crusade for the coming of God's Kingdom on earth and the completion of the mission. 2. I believe in the completion of World Mission according to God's spoken promises, and that He will complete His mission through His power for He is the foundation of mission. 3. I believe that God will faithfully answer to this prayer in Christ Jesus. 4. I vow before God that I will devote to pray for the allocated hour. 5. I vow to continually assume the calling of intercessory prayer for the revival of the Kingdom of God and the completion of world mission as long as God allows me to take. 6. I acknowledge that all the countries and people, who need the Gospel, are my brothers and sisters in God's Kingdom, and I vow to pray for them in God's heart without any discrimination, regardless of what their prayer requests and information are. 7. I fully trust the Prayer24·365 organization, and willingly cooperate with its Head Office, giving my vows to accept wholeheartedly the methods that Prayer24365 suggests for the revival of the Kingdom of God and the completion of mission, such as the Orientations for the Prayers. 8. I agree with the Lausanne Covenant and the Prayer 24.365 Joint Declaration.