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Our Values & Beliefs

Jesus is LORD!

JPPM: Guided by Scripture, we live Christ’s teachings, fostering love, unity & transformation.

We stand firmly on principles deeply rooted in Scripture, principles that are reflected in our daily lives and actions. From the fundamental belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ to the embracing of God’s triune nature, our faith shapes our interactions and relationships. We recognise the transformative power of Baptism, the call to love our neighbours, the importance of nurturing our youth, and the need to build a welcoming, respectful community that includes all backgrounds and cultures. Moreover, we actively engage in community growth and development.

These beliefs are not mere words but living truths that guide us, unify us, and inspire us to serve. Like different branches of a strong tree, our shared values come together to create a robust and flourishing community that reflects the love and grace of God. Whether through acts of kindness, community projects, or the nurturing of future leaders, we strive to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community, always aware that we are living in the shadow of Jesus and the power that rose Him from the dead.

We believe in cultural unity

Connecting to the Father, through Jesus, by His Spirit.

At JPPM, Jesus is the reason we live!

1. We believe in the death, burial & resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NKJV)

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures

The truth of Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith. Just like the foundation of a family home, it’s what everything else is built on. It reminds me of the farmer who sows a seed, buries it, only for it to sprout and rise anew. In our daily lives, we encounter struggles that sometimes feel like a burial, but with faith in Christ’s resurrection, we too rise again and grow.

We see this resurrection hope in every sunrise after a dark night, in every spring after a long winter. It’s a constant reminder that no matter how dark things get, new life is just around the corner. Jesus’s resurrection isn’t a distant historical event; it’s a living promise that affects our lives today, giving us hope, strength, and the courage to face each new day.

2. We believe in the Trinity. God the Father, Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit operational in us right now.

Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Trinity is like a perfectly harmonized choir, three distinct voices singing the same beautiful song. In our everyday life, it’s akin to the different roles we juggle – as parents, children, friends, employees. Each part is distinct but working together in unity. The Trinity is not a theological puzzle to solve but a relationship to experience. It’s God’s way of reaching out to us, loving us, guiding us.

Think about a well-oiled machine with different parts working seamlessly together. The Trinity, too, works in unison within us, guiding our steps, comforting our hearts, and empowering our actions. We experience the Father’s love, the Son’s grace, and the Holy Spirit’s guidance every day, in every act of kindness we show, every wise decision we make, every time we forgive and move forward.

3. We believe in Baptism by immersion. Being deep in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:38 (NKJV)

So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.

Baptism by immersion is like taking a complete plunge into a new way of life. Imagine a painter fully immersing a brush into paint to create a vibrant masterpiece; that’s what baptism is to our faith journey. It’s a public declaration of a profound change, a commitment to follow Christ fully. It’s not a mere ritual; it’s a transformative experience.

In our everyday lives, we see immersion in the way a gardener plants a new tree, fully embedding its roots in the soil. Baptism is our rooting in Christ, a moment where our old selves are buried, and we rise anew, filled with the Holy Spirit. Whether it’s the joy in a new believer’s eyes at baptism or the shared community experience as we celebrate together, the act of baptism connects us in profound ways.

4. We believe in loving our neighbours as ourselves.

Matthew 22:39 (NKJV)

And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Loving our neighbours isn’t always easy, but it’s as essential as the way we take care of our homes and families. Think of it as lending a helping hand during a community clean-up or sharing a meal with a lonely neighbour. These simple acts of love reflect Christ’s love for us, turning our community into a living testament of God’s kingdom here on Earth.

It’s like making room at our dinner table for one more, even when we think there’s no space left. In the small acts of kindness, the patient listening, the forgiving and understanding, we show God’s love. Whether it’s helping a child with homework or assisting an elderly neighbour with their groceries, loving our neighbours is a daily, living expression of our faith.

5. We believe in investing in our younger generation and future leaders of tomorrow.

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Investing in our younger generation is like planting seeds for a future harvest. We see it in the way a teacher patiently guides a student or a coach encourages a young athlete. It’s not about instant results but nurturing, guiding, and patiently waiting for growth. It’s about providing the right environment, the nutrients of wisdom, guidance, and love, and then watching them flourish.

Imagine a potter at the wheel, shaping a piece of clay into a beautiful vessel. That’s what we’re doing with our young people, shaping, moulding, preparing them for a future filled with possibilities. We see this investment in every successful school project, every graduation, every young person stepping into a leadership role in the community. It’s a gradual, rewarding process that enriches our church and community.

6. We pride ourselves on the respect and welcoming of all, no matter our circumstances and cultural beliefs and backgrounds.

Romans 15:7 (NKJV)

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.

Welcoming all is like opening our homes to strangers and turning them into friends. It’s the way we embrace different flavours in a community potluck, each dish telling a unique story. Our church isn’t a place for uniformity but a vibrant mosaic of different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, all united in Christ’s love.

Imagine a quilt made of different fabrics, each piece distinct but stitched together to create something warm and beautiful. That’s our community, where each person, regardless of their background, adds value and beauty. It’s in the shared stories, the laughter, the tears, the diverse ways we worship and serve together, that we truly reflect the inclusive love of Christ.

7. We believe in Community Development and Community Projects for the growth and sustainability of our community.

Jeremiah 29:7 (NKJV)

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace, you will have peace.

Community development is akin to tending a community garden, where everyone’s contribution leads to growth and sustenance. It’s about identifying needs, working together, and creating a community that reflects God’s love and care. It’s not just about building structures but building lives.

Think of it as assembling a puzzle, where each piece, no matter how small, is vital for the complete picture. Every project, every initiative, is a piece of that puzzle, contributing to a stronger, more resilient community. Whether it’s a literacy program, a food drive, or a health fair, it’s all about serving, loving, and growing together. Just like a tree planted by streams of water, our community grows, thrives, and bears fruit as we invest in it, guided by our faith in Christ.

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