Making Family

The Breakdown of Family

Too often in ministry and missions, we see the breakdown of the family unit. Those on the front lines of the great commission are often the most vulnerable to fractures in their closest relationships as the stress of the mission field, persecution, and spiritual warfare wears on them. Jesus told us that the enemy seeks to steal and destroy, but He came that we would have abundant life. Even though living in obedience to Jesus comes with the daily battles “not against flesh and blood,” here at Global Catalytic Ministries we believe that we don’t have to compromise family in our efforts to fulfill the Great Commission.

Commandments Don’t Contradict

Biblically we know that God values family. Again and again in scripture He lays out structure for the family unit (Ephesians 5) value for children (Psalm 127) and commands to dwell in unity and understanding (Psalm 133). He also calls every believer to the great commission, commanding us each to go and make disciples in all the world (Matthew 28). God’s commandments never contradict. Therefore, the pressure of ministry doesn’t have to destroy the family. We believe it can actually strengthen it.

Family by Faith

Of course, family refers to those blood related, but biblically we also know that all Christians are considered family, brothers and sisters united in Him. In the Garden of Gethsemane, before His death, Jesus told His Father that He desired that we would all be one. Even just as He and the Father were one. We value unity because Jesus values unity. We value unity for every layer of the family unit, whether tied together by blood or bonded by mutual faith. This means that when done right, following God wholeheartedly should actually create new families, not destroy old ones. In the Kingdom of God, there is always growth and always room at the table.

A Relational God

But how do we value family in such a way that we can freely, relentlessly pursue the call of God on our lives without losing our most precious relationships in the process? Simple. We follow the word of God. We practice obedience to all the commands of Jesus. Too often, people begin to prioritize their work, even work unto the gospel, over the relationships in our lives. Yet God is first and foremost a relational God.

He values the family unit more even than we do. When we are in tune with His guidance and living according to His commands, we will value people rightly. In fact, if we are committed to obeying the Bible when it comes to the relationships in our lives just as much as when it comes to preaching the gospel, we will have the healthiest families around. 

We Will Make Family

Here at GCM, we are not committed to missions above all else, we are committed to Jesus. Because of this, we obey every command and our relationships thrive. That’s what one of our value statements is that We will make family, not destroy them. Nothing is more fun than serving God with the people you love. When we are serving from a pure heart not only do our blood relationships grow stronger we also create family units in people not our own, bonded in love. 

United in Love

We move in unity, loving the people God has given us and serving alongside them. Because of this, both our relationships and our ministry can thrive. When we serve together in love, united in both fellowship and purpose, our bonds merely strengthen and our joy is made complete (Phillipians 2:2).

Global Catalytic Ministries: Making Family

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”