J4R Church Mission Statement:
Discipleship + Justice + Diversity= The Beloved Community.
J4R Core Values:
Jesus. Our movement is centered upon Jesus and led organically by the Holy Spirit. Apart from Jesus, we know we can do nothing.
Community: Ubuntu. God’s beloved community. We are all interconnected. We need one another. We are wounded healers. We are not alone.
Word: Scripture is the inspired Word. It is our guide for personal and social transformation.
Glocal: We are committed to both global and local justice issues.
Centering Marginalized Voices: We wish to express Christian social justice issues through the lens of marginalized voices.
Simplicity: Rasquache. We seek to live lives characterized by simplicity, and we reject extreme materialism. Not in a legalistic way, but as God leads every individual in their unique season of life. We aim to be resourceful and to do much with little.
Agency: We gather to allow God to empower us to be agents of social change.
statement of faith.
As Jesus for Revolutionaries we believe:
Every human being is made equally in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1: 27).
By God’s design, we each uniquely reflect the image of God in terms of our distinct cultural backgrounds, gender, and personal gifts, talents, and abilities (Revelation 21: 26. Genesis 1: 27. Psalm 8: 3-5).
This distinct image of God is marred within each of us because of sin (Romans 5: 12-13).
Jesus willingly gave His life and rose again to bring us back into personal relationship with Himself, to restore the distinct image of God within each of us, and to make the whole world new (1 Corinthians 15: 21-22. Romans 5: 15-19. 2 Corinthians 3: 18. Revelation 21:5. Colossians 1: 15-20. Isaiah 9:6-7).
Jesus died not only for our personal sins, but also for the structural and systemic sins of our society which perpetuate poverty, racism, sexism, classism, and injustice of every kind (Romans 13: 8-10).
Poverty exists because we fail to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Racism exists because we fail to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Sexism exists because we fail to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Injustice exists because we fail to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Jesus is a God of justice and compassion (Matthew 25: 31-46. James 5:1-6. Psalm 11:7).
He loves the poor (Psalm 140: 12. 1 Samuel 2: 8).
He loves immigrants (Deuteronomy 10: 18. Psalm 146: 9. Exodus 22: 21).
He loves all those that are marginalized and dispossessed by society.
Jesus identifies so closely with the poor that He teaches that our response to them is a barometer of our love for Him (Matthew 25: 31-46).
As followers of Jesus we are called to obey all of His commandments and teachings (John 14: 23-24).
This includes loving immigrants, the poor, and the dispossessed of society (Leviticus 19: 33-34. Deuteronomy 15: 11).
This also involves advocating on their behalf (Proverbs 31: 8-9).
The vision of Jesus for Revolutionaries is to launch Christ-centered movements of justice and racial reconciliation in communities and colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.
Jesus for Revolutionaries invites Christ-followers of every denominational background to join us in launching and participating in these movements of justice and racial reconciliation.
Jesus for Revolutionaries also welcomes those who care about issues of justice and race and who are curious about learning more about God’s heart for justice and the poor, and about exploring a personal relationship with Jesus.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and therefore without error. As such, it is our guide for faith, practice, and all the activities of Jesus for Revolutionaries (2 Timothy 3: 16-17).