Jesus commands us to make disciples everywhere we go, baptizing them into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything He commanded (Matthew 28:19–20). Baptizing people into the name of Jesus is about establishing them into their new Trinitarian Identity. This means:
These three statements of identity are true of a disciple of Jesus.
A disciple of Jesus is one who worships Jesus (follows and submits to Him in all of life), is changed by Jesus (living out his or her new identity), obeys Jesus, and leads others to do the same (makes disciples of Jesus).
Key to this new kind of life is understanding our new identity in Christ.
We are God’s chosen people—His family—set apart to live in such a way that the world would know what He is like. Through faith in Jesus we believe we are children of God and brothers and sisters with one another. As God’s family we see it as our obligation to care personally for the needs of one another, both physically and spiritually. We disciple, nurture, and hold each other accountable to Gospel life together. We do this through regularly gathering together for celebration, consistent involvement in a DNA group, and loving others as the Father loved us. (Genesis 12:1–3; John 1:12–13; Romans 12:10–16; 1 John 4:7–21)
God sent Jesus to take on human form on the earth and live as the true image of God in our world. He worked, ate, and interacted among the people, living in such a way that those around him could see and experience what God was truly like. Jesus was filled with and led by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the good news of God with power and bring healing, freedom, and new life to those he served. Then, after dying on the cross for our sins, the Spirit of God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus promised the same Spirit would give us power to do the same things Jesus did. All those who belong to God have the same Spirit and are missionaries sent and empowered by God’s Spirit to proclaim Jesus and show what God is like in daily life. (John 1:14; 14:12–27;15:26–27; 16:7–15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; Colossians 1:27–29; 2 Corinthians 5:16–21)
Fully God–fully human, Jesus took on the posture of a servant. He gave His life, even unto death, so others could experience salvation, peace, and restoration. Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves. . . .” All those who follow Jesus are called to serve in the same humility. For us this means joyfully submitting to Jesus as Lord, to the leaders He has placed over us, and to one another as we also serve whomever God brings into our lives. We do whatever He leads us to do, whenever He tells us, and wherever He wants us to do it. (Matthew 20:25–28; 25:31–46; John 13:1–17; Philippians 2:5–11; 1 Peter 2:16)
The motivation for our vision, and how we structure and form all we do derives from the gospel as our foundation. We must get the flow right. We first start with God, who has most clearly and powerfully revealed Himself in Jesus Christ (Gospel). From Jesus only, we rightly learn who we are as the church (Community). Knowing who Jesus is, and who we are in light of Him, we then know how we ought to live (Mission).
The Gospel is the good news that God sent his Son to redeem the world from the effects of sin and create a new humanity. Eventually the whole world will be renewed to the way God originally created it. Rebellion, death, decay, injustice, and suffering will all be removed. When everything is restored, God will be seen by all for who he truly is—he will be glorified (Ephesians 2:10,14-22; 2 Corinthians 5:15-21; Revelation 21).
Jesus helped clarify how we accomplish the purpose of the gospel by giving us his mission: “Go and make disciples”. (Matthew 28:19). As the arts, industry, politics, families—all areas of culture—are being filled with Jesus’ disciples bringing about his gospel restoration, the earth is being filled with his glory! That is the point of the restoration of all things—that God would be glorified!
The gospel is not just about my individual happiness or God’s plan for my life. It is about God’s plan for the world.
God is the initiator of Salvation and Jesus is the Hero. God doesn’t respond to us – we respond to God’s initiative and calling. He saves and secures us for salvation and we respond only because of and by his grace. Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, ascension and sending of the Spirit are the center and fulfillment of our faith. It is through him, because of him and in him that we come to be God’s people, are transformed and have hope for final restoration.(Mark 1:1; Luke 24:46–47; John 3:16–18; Romans 1:16–17; Romans 1:18–25; 1 Corinthians 1:18–25; 2:2; 15:1–4; 2 Corinthians 4:1–6;9:13; Galatians 1:6–9; Ephesians 1:7–10; Colossians 1:19–20; 2 Timothy 1:8–14; 2 Peter 3:11–13; Jude 1:3–4)
We recognize and rest upon the necessity of the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit for all life and ministry.
The Holy Spirit is fully God, equal with the Father and Son, whose primary ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. He also convicts unbelievers of their need for Christ and imparts spiritual life through regeneration (the new birth). The Spirit permanently indwells, graciously sanctifies, lovingly leads, and empowers all who are brought to faith in Christ so they might live in obedience to the inerrant Scriptures.
The model for our reliance upon the Spirit and our experience of His indwelling and empowering presence is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, who was filled with the Spirit and entirely dependent upon His power for the performance of miracles, the preaching of the kingdom of God, and all other dimensions of His earthly ministry.
The Holy Spirit, who indwelt and empowered Christ in like manner, indwells and empowers all who belong to Christ through spiritual gifts. He has bestowed spiritual gifts for the work of ministry and the building up of the body of Christ. Although there are different understandings of the nature and function of these gifts, we recognize they are divine provisions central to spiritual growth and effective ministry and are to be eagerly desired, faithfully developed, and lovingly exercised according to biblical guidelines. (Matthew 3:11; 12:28; Luke 4:1,14;5:17; 10:21; John 1:12–13; 3:1–15, 34; 14:12; 15:26–27; 16:7–15; Acts 2:14–21; 4:29–30; 10:38; Romans 8:9;12:3–8; 1 Corinthians 12:7–13; 12:28–31; 14:1–33; 2 Corinthians 1:21–22; Galatians 3:1–5; Ephesians 1:13–14;5:18)
We believe the Kingdom of God was inaugurated in Jesus’ first coming and will be consummated in his second coming. We live in the in-between where we can experience the reign of Jesus while longing for its completion as we also experience the reality that things are not yet fully as they will be within the new heaven and new earth. We acknowledge the variety of views within inaugurated eschatology and allow for this variety within our family. (Mark 1:15; Acts 2:16-17; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 3:1; 2 Pet. 3:3-5; James 5:3; Hebrews 1:2; 6:5)
PV Church embraces a missionary understanding of the local church and its role as the primary means by which God chooses to establish his kingdom on earth. We believe the church is the family of missionaries sent by the Spirit to make disciples of Jesus throughout the world. We are saved by God’s power for God’s purposes to bring him glory in all things wherever we are. The church is always being sent by God to accomplish his mission.
The church has a clear biblical mandate to look beyond its own community to the neighbourhood, the nation, and the world as a whole; thus mission is not an optional program in the church but an essential element in the identity of the church. We are called to make Christ known through the Gospel and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring His lordship to bear on every dimension of life.
The primary way we fulfill this mission is through the equipping of the saints for ministry in our local church and seeking to make Jesus known in our local communities. We believe the most irreducible and effective structure for making disciples as the church is a Missional Community (MC). This is a smaller group of people who gather regularly and engage in everyday life on mission throughout the week with a commitment to reaching a particular people and place together with the goal of making disciples and multiplying and sending more MCs.
Our aim is that Jesus Christ would be more fully formed in each person through the ministry of PV Church and that God would empower us to share the good news of Jesus Christ in our neighbourhoods, workplaces, and families, sharing in and celebrating His redemptive work together. We also believe we are responsible neither to retreat from our culture nor to conform to it, but with humility, through the Spirit and the truth of the gospel, to engage it boldly as we seek its transformation and submission to the lordship of Christ. (Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 10:5–25; 28:18–20; Luke 4:18–19; 24:46–47; Acts 28:31; Romans 10:14–15; 2 Corinthians 10:4–5; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:10; 4:11–16; 2 Timothy 4:1–5; Hebrews 10:23–25;1 Peter 2:4–5, 9–10)
We are deeply committed to the fundamental spiritual and moral equality and complementarity of men and women. Both men and women are together created in God's image and are therefore equal before God as persons, possessing the same moral dignity and value, and have equal access to God through faith in Christ.
We believe God created man and woman, and that marriage as instituted by God is the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. In the marriage relationship, husbands and wives are called to display the Gospel story of Christ laying down his life for his bride the church, and the church respectfully submitting to Christ. Both husbands and wives are responsible to God for spiritual nurture and vitality in the home, but God has given to the man primary responsibility to lead his wife and family in accordance with the servant-leadership and sacrificial love characterized by Jesus Christ. This principle of male headship should not be confused with, nor give any hint of, domineering control. Rather it is to be the loving, tender, and nurturing care of a godly man who is himself under the kind and gentle authority of Jesus Christ. As such, husbands are called to sacrificially love their wives as the head of their home, while the wife is called to respectfully submit to her husband.
Men and women are together the recipients of spiritual gifts designed to empower them for ministry in the local church and beyond. Therefore both men and women are to be encouraged, equipped, and empowered to utilize their gifting in ministry, in service to the body of Christ, and through teaching in ways that are consistent with the Word of God. Men and women are called to use their gifts fully in the ministry of the church under the leadership of biblically qualified male elders (plural). The elders of our church have been granted authority under the headship of Jesus Christ to provide oversight of the church. (Genesis 1:26–27; 2:18; Acts 18:24–26; 1 Corinthians 11:2–16; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 5:22–33; Colossians 3:18–19; 1 Timothy 2:11–15; 3:1–7; Titus 2:3–5; 1 Peter 3:1–7)
As part of the RePlanting Process, a Steering Team has been created by the Canadian Church of God Ministries. While serving as the legal representation for PV Church, the Team's responsibilities also include oversight of the vision, mission, and values of the PV RePlant.
JEFF PETER // Vision, preaching, teaching
CJ DYCK // Music, arts