Saint Charles River Church

Love People

We respect the right of every individual to find and fulfill their God-given destiny

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’ (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

This scripture tells us God has a unique purpose for everyone’s life. The purpose and plan of God is for our success. Every individual needs to pursue the purpose of God for their life – for in fulfilling that plan, there is satisfaction and contentment.

We discover the plan of God for our life by first accepting Jesus Christ as saviour (saying NO to my ways) and receiving the grace and forgiveness of God (saying Yes to God’s ways). Once we have entered into a right relationship with God, we can then pursue the plan of God for our life by following the path of the wisdom of his Word, and obediently following the leading of the Holy Spirit as revealed in God’s Word.

It is important that each individual pursue the plan God has for their success. Some believe God is not interested in their life; others that He is against them and only interested in making them live boring uninteresting lives.

The truth is God’s plan for us is exciting. He plans for us to know true happiness, true prosperity, health and true success. God’s plan for us is a result of His love toward us – because he loves us He plans for our success. It was His love that caused Jesus to give His life for us and He wants us to know the best of God’s purpose for our life. Finding and fulfilling God’s plan for your life is the real purpose for your life.

God’s destiny is too valuable for us to live life outside of His plan for our blessing. It is extremely important for each of us to realize the blessing God plans for our life. That is why we respect the right and responsibility of every individual to find and fulfill their God-given destiny. Only then can we be truly happy; and only then will we be truly successful.

We recognize the local church as God’s unique vehicle in empowering people for life

As a church we are excited at the clear vision God had given us to empower people in their God given purpose. We seek to empower people for life because it was at the center of Christ’s purpose and plan for each individual on the planet. Jesus said in John 10:10: ‘I have come to give you life’ – not just length of life, but quality of life.

In fact, on three separate occasions we read how Jesus felt deep compassion for people because the quality of their life was not all He purposed it to be. We see it first in Matthew 9:36 – He felt compassion because they were like sheep without a shepherd. This speaks of having no direction. The local church is empowered by the Holy Spirit to help people do the work Jesus did and help them find DIRECTION in life.

The second occasion is described in Matthew 14:14 – Jesus felt compassion for the multitude because they were SICK. The local church can give the love, prayer, support and teaching that can bring people to wholeness, not just physically, but emotionally and in every area of brokenness.

On the third occasion, in Matthew 15:32, Jesus felt compassion for the multitude because they were HUNGRY. It seems so insignificant, yet Jesus shows us clearly through His life and ministry that He is interested in every part of our lives – even the little things.

Therefore, Christ’s Church doing the works that Jesus did has the opportunity to see men, women and children empowered for life. We love the way the Apostle Paul addressed the people in the churches he wrote to. To the Philippians he wrote, ‘Every time I think of you I give thanks to my God. I always pray for you and I make my requests with a heart full of joy because you have been my partners in spreading the good news’ (Philippians 1:3,4). Paul loved and believed in people and we, the Church are called to do the same.

When a church is healthy, people will find their place and destiny through the love and learning the church provides. In Romans 12:6, we find seven motivational gifts. As the Church values its people and teaches people how to discover these gifts, lives will be liberated to be all God has intended them to be. YES, we value people. YES, we love people. And YES, we desire to release them into their God-given DESTINY because it is GOD’S PLAN.

We value people of all races and gender, and accept them as equal before God

Why is this one of our key values? First, because our God is not partial. He sent His Son to die for the whole world, (John 3:16) and longs for the day when heaven will be filled with people from every tongue, tribe and nation (Rev 5:9). Furthermore, the gift of His Holy Spirit is for male and female alike (Joel 2:29).

Second, it’s our expression of loving an invisible God in a practical way. His commandment is ‘He who loves God must love his brother also.’ (1 John 4:21)

Third, the Church is an expression of God’s diversity and creativity, bringing together people from every ethnic cultural background. This vast array of humanity yields a magnificent tapestry of life. Our equality is founded in the Word of God; Galatians 3:26 and 28 teaches us, ‘For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’

How? Our commitment to living out this value is evident in the activities of SCRC and our various ministries. These include:

1.A wide range of programs – presented on a regular basis, that affirm and include specific people groups; incorporating ministry to youth, children, different ethnic groups, men and women.

2.Benevolence services – there is a proliferation of care ministries which are expressions of local churches across our nation; showing care and concern to the underprivileged and marginalized of our society regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.

3.Empowering and releasing leaders – opportunities and credentialing are granted to people with a recognizable call of God upon their life. Factors such as nationality and gender are not seen as barriers by our movement.

Our objective is to enable people to find their destiny in God and thereby play their part in making a difference in their world for Jesus Christ. Thank God, He loves us ALL!