Our vision is what Jesus prays in John 17:23b:

May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them as you loved me.

We hope to be a ministry for all Asian American Christians: Reformed and Arminian, charismatic and cessationist, complementarian and egalitarian, immigrant and fourth-generation.  We want to address businessmen and grandmothers, adults and children, bi-racial people, adoptees, transnationals, and all in-between and without category—all under an Evangelical understanding of Christ.

When we read “complete unity,” we do not mean agreement on every single detailed point, but in Christ.  “In Gospel essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.“

God made us different: he put us in different families, gave us different circumstances, he made us gendered and ethnic people.  He places us in different places, just where he wants us to be.  We are each fearfully and wonderfully unique.  And yet, as Christians, we all profess belief in Christ: we all acknowledge that Jesus reigns, that God is at work in us and around us.

We are already one in Christ—and yet, we are also still waiting for this reality to be filled in, to know its actual effects.  We are already part of the greater world-wide Body of Christ—and yet, we are ever learning about one another, ever discovering how we belong together.  We dream of sharpening all Asian American Christians into the fullness of their gifts and persons in Christ.

We dream of a Greater Church in America and the World that knows that God so loved the world that he sent his beloved Son to all of us.  We dream of a greater worldwide body of Christ that working effectively and lovingly together, being at deep peace with one another.  We dream and pray for God’s Kingdom to come.

We dream and give God our dreams. We will not prescribe how or when, but are open to whatever God will do in us.

We do not anticipate this reality to come to fruition in our present lifetimes, but if God wills it now or later, our mission is to make Asian American Christians ready.

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Notes:

Gender: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

Ethnic:  According to John Piper: “Acts 17:26. [God] made from one, every nation (pan ethnos = every ethnic group) of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation.”

Different places: “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” 1 Corinthians 12:18

Unique individuals: “Your hands made me and formed me…” Psalm 119:73;  “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30

God is at work in us:  “…for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

God is at work around us: “And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5a

Already One in Christ: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28

Still waiting: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:18-22

 

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