August 23, 2011

Who We Are and What We Believe

Vision of of Second Level Ministry

Second Level is a ministry to support the spiritual growth of Japanese Christians - the process of becoming a disciple of Christ, based on the great commission in Matthew 28:19-20 and 2 Timothy 2:2.   

Our vision is to see disciples being multiplied: Disciples of Christ multiplying themselves by making disciples. 

Our ministry is to provide spiritual support for those who have been saved, and those who disciple others. In the daily process of becoming Christ-like, we value the ‘personal’ and ‘intentional’ approach.

*** Second Level offers Bible studies which are useful for disciple making, in addition to mentoring and spiritual encouragement, providing helpful resources and opportunities to connect to local churches. We also plan conferences, Bible study trips, seminars and other events for young Christians.

*** This ministry isn't a replacement of the church, but rather in order that the church can grow. Our resources, "The 15 Step Lessons" and "Living as a Disciple of Christcan be used in churches for Bible study. In order that each individual believer has firm roots in Christ, we focus on discipleship.

 

Unity by Statement of Faith

Although we come from churches with various circumstances and backgrounds, we work for the above purposes through the advancement of the greater church body, with unity based on the Statement of our faith.

*** Statement of Faith Click here.

 

Core Values of Second Level Ministry

1:Christ-likeness

In order that each believer become true disciple of Christ who can glorify God, we should seek the way of living and the faith that God desires. By focusing on Christ and being transformed to be more like Him, we seek true faith and experiencing God. (John 15:8, Colossians 1:10 )

2:Obedience and application of God’s word

We value the obedience to God's word. Living in truth without compromising, we convey the truth to others. (John 14:21, II Timothy:15)We aim to raise up true worshipers of Christ who know and live out God’s word and love. We insist spiritual growth through God’s word, not specific discipleship methodology. (II Timothy 4:2 )

− 弟子造りは、型にはめた方法論によってなされるものではなく、様々な方法と個々の関わりの中で、キリストに倣っていくことを励まします。キリストのように隣人を愛し、仕える者となり、また真実を伝えていく(教える)ことを目指しす。神様がユニークにお造りになったお一人一人に、異なった主との出会いがあり、異なったニーズがあり、異なった成長の過程があります。本当の意味で「隣人を愛す」ために、主の愛による癒しと解放、そして御霊の働きによる成長を、個々の必要にあった形で促すことを私達は大切にしています。

3:Multiplication

We believe in the multiplication of disciples, that full obedience to Jesus means a disciple of Christ is to teach others to make disciples of Christ.(spiritual multiplication)(Matthew 28:18-20,II Timothy 2:2)

4:the Holy Spirit

In everything, have confidence in the guidance of the Holy Spirit and work to entrust yourself to God's plan. (Philippians 1:6, 2:13, John 17:6-11)


History of Second Level Ministry

By Wayne Smith

(Founder/Board)

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My wife and I started hosting Japanese students for a homestay program in 1996. As we would host I would talk to students who came on the program and were Christians (usually not our student). I talked with them and asked what was the biggest problem or need they had as Japanese Christians. Most of the time they indicated that growing as a Christian was difficult and there was no network of friends to be with and grow as a Christian.

The Lord began to burden my heart to deal with this problem and other needs too. I knew that many young Japanese used the internet so a website to provide lessons and such for Christian growth seemed the way to go. I knew the website would have to be interesting and stimulating. It would need to provide many subjects of interest on the website to accomplish this. But I also knew that activities outside the website would also be necessary. This would include seminars for Christian growth that included fun activities.

As I built the website I relied on God to guide me in the right direction. I knew that I would have to have someone Japanese, guided by the Holy Spirit, to take it over when I had built a basic platform for them. This took much longer than I anticipated; in fact I began to feel like maybe the Lord didn’t want the ministry to grow. Mayumi(who is currently serving as a president)’s passion for discipleship and evangelism was an answer to prayer to take the helm of Second Level Ministry.