"Our charge is to build a church of overcomers, where each member is a priest and each house an extension of the church, winning our generation for Christ through the multiplying cells."
Burden means obligation, duty. The apostle Paul said “because this obligation; and woe is me if I don't spread the gospel! (1Corinthians 9:16)” and even more, “Besides these outward things, there is what daily weighs about me, the care of all churches (2 Corinthians 11:28).”
We also see a difference between “Charge” and “Cargo”. We believe that a job is a passion that drives you to fulfill a purpose, while a job is just a title. Someone can have a title of evangelist but without anointing and passion to evangelize, or without even having evangelized a soul at all. However, one may not hold the title of evangelist but act as such, with a passion calling the responsibility to evangelize oneself.
So in our midst we believe that the charge brings the office, and not the other way around. It is more glorious to have recognition of a position (evangelist, pastor, leader, etc.) because of the charge than just carrying a title.
WHERE EACH MEMBER
IT'S A PRIEST
We fight against the doctrines of the Nicolaitans (Rev. 2:15) that point to clericalism. We are against clericalism in the Church where there is only one who is anointed of God, who brings the word and who prays and works. We believe that we must develop each member's potential to fulfill their purpose.
We are all called to influence, to make a difference, to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13), to be image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26-28) and ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). We believe that every believer's prayer does have power (James 5:16). We believe that the entire body must function properly, each limb serving and supporting the body.
Jesus has anointed us all to preach the gospel, cast out demons, heal the sick, and spread the good news. And if anyone believes, greater works he will do.
AN EXTENSION OF THE CHURCH
We meet as a body in a building, but we also see ourselves in houses where we break bread together and share in each other's lives. (Acts 2:42-44). We have the early Church, the Church of Acts, as a pattern for us. They met in homes, praised together, served one another, and shared the Word.
If somehow we were to change that phrase, "each house an extension of the church", it would be to "each building an extension of the church", because it was like that that the first-century Church met. We do not believe in clericalism or "Templism". We believe that the Church is not the building, Church is the Lord's faithful gathered together.
Holy is not the building, but the brothers, but where the brothers are it becomes a sanctified place. (1 Cor. 6:19)
We are in a constant battle against hell for lives. And the Word does not say that the gates of the Church will prevail against hell (although this is true), but it says the opposite, that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church. So we already have the victory, we must plunder hell.
Ephesians says that we are to put on the armor of God, pointing to the Church as an army. In John 17 Jesus prays to God not to take us out of the world, even though we are not of the world, but that He sends us into the world, for what? To do what Jesus did.
We believe in a generational move, that God's move cannot come from a generation and die with it. We learn from those who came before us, like Isaac who didn't dig new wells, just reopened those from his father's time (Gen 26:18). And we believe in reaching our couples, reaching the young people who are our strong arms, and the children too, who are the next generation.
CELLS THAT MULTIPLY
We are called to build the Church, but a Church that prevails, a Church of overcomers. In letters to the Churches of Asia, in Revelation 2-3, the Bible describes the position of a winner. The winner is the one who lives the first love, who is fervent in spirit, who keeps the testimony of Christ, who fulfills the purpose of God.
So our charge, our passion and duty, is to build, build, participate in the work, a church of overcomers, who fulfill the purpose, who conquer the flesh, the devil, and the world.
In Ephesians 2:19-22 the Bible describes the Church as a building to be built. In 1 Corinthians 3:10-14 the Bible says that the foundation is Christ and that we must observe what materials we are using to build our work. So we were called to build the church of Christ.
We are called to serve the body. We recognize that to build a great work, we must have a good foundation. The bigger the building, the deeper the foundation must be.
Our ultimate goal is not for someone to be saved, but for him to become a disciple faithful of Christ. We see that crowds followed Jesus, but only the disciples made a difference. The crowd is a spectator, the disciples make things happen. The crowd listens, the disciples act. (James 1:22).
The cell is nothing more than the strategy God gave us to win our generation for Christ. The cell is the extension of the house church. It's where people have access to each other, they have access to the leader. The cell can go where a Sunday service can't.
The good tree produces good fruit and lots of fruit. There is no shortage of people who need Jesus, and because we have the solution, it is our duty to bring Him to them. We removed the word “division” from our environment because when a cell grows too large to the point where it has no more space to gather it is a sign of multiplication, of growth.