Crown of Christ (CoC) Gospel Church is an evangelical Christian network committed to expanding the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ through soul winning, deliverance ministration, discipling converts, supporting the underprivileged, and most significantly, raising heavenly-minded believers zealous to finish the Christian race commendably well, and if possible, to receive the Lord’s reward of a crown in heaven.
Being a Christian ministry, CoC is a non-business, non-profit community-oriented charity organization that aims to reach out and support members of the local community through diverse spiritual and physical activities – prayers, visitation, fellowship, concerts, and mutual encouragement and care.
1. Foundation of Ministry
The Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments, is the foundation of this Christian Ministry. We shall strive to study, interpret and teach the holy scriptures by the leading of the Holy Spirit who inspired the texts in the first place. As 2 Pet. 1:20-21 pungently states: “First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” We believe in the cannons of the scriptures: the Trinity (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the lordship and saving grace of Jesus Christ, eternal life in Christ and the existence of heaven and hell, water and Holy Spirit baptism, the commandment of love of God and fellow humans, the sanctity of marriage as a legitimate union between a man and a woman, among others.
2. Core Mission of the Ministry
Teaching the Total Gospel
CoC is committed to teaching the total scriptures as the received word of God.We believe that: “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). The word of God is food to our spirit, just as bread is food to the human body. Hence, Jesus declared that “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Mtt. 4:4). The word of God is spirit and life; it is powerful, and God watches His word to perform all that it says (Jn. 6:53; Heb. 4:12; Isa. 55:11).
Equipping Christians to Walk in Obedience to God’s Word.
Believing the word of God and getting saved is not a big problem for many people.This important first step is what is called salvation, which exposes us to the new nature in Christ through faith. But prior to encountering Christ, every saved person had a strongly rooted old nature of deceitful desires (Eph. 4: 20-32). The real challenge of obedience to the word of God for most believers is in putting off the old nature of sin and clothing themselves with the new nature of righteousness in Christ. For practical convenience, most people put on the helmet of the new nature of salvation on their head while retaining the filthy garment of the old nature over the rest of their body. They therefore pull out which ever nature that can help them achieve their goal at any given time and when necessary, they mix the old and new together to achieve their purpose. This is a highly dangerous trend, especially for a non-recent convert who should know better about the consequences of disobedience and partial obedience to God (see Deut. 28; 1 Sam. 15). This ministry is committed to proclaiming obedience to the word of God, and helping believers who are struggling with any [besetting] sinful habits and lifestyle to put off the old nature of sin. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing” (Jm. 1:22-25).
Preparing Believers to Withstand and Overcome the Negative Pressures of the Post-modern World.
In a way, our modern era is rapidly transitioning to what many have called the post-modern world. Modernity is associated with belief in the inherent goodness of industrial and technological progress, including the cultural and intellectual liberation that comes with it. But post-modernism has taken this philosophy of progress and change to a rather bizarre dimension with the reinterpretation of “being modern” to mean deconstruction and pulling down of all pre-modern institutions and values that restrain ungodliness and wanton indulgence in self-destroying pleasures. The human quest for progressive change has given us an unprecedentedly modern world but this has come with all its contradictions, which badly affects Christianity. All the biblical prophecies about events in the last days and the subtleties of the devil have never been more apparent (2 Tim. 2: 1-9; Eph. 4:17-24; I Cor. 5:1-5; Rm. 1:18-32). In spite of widening Christian revivals, it is thus evident that the institutions of marriage, family, formal education and the church have taken a devastating toll. The fallen nature of mankind is revived with all manner of ungodly indulgence; and most dismally, biblical standards and sound doctrines are compromised to meet the filthy pressures and demands of the post-modern world. Believers should not be deceived – God has not got different standards for judging the pre-modern, modern and the post-modern worlds.
Delivering the Demonically Oppressed.
CoC is strongly committed to the ministry of deliverance in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus came not only to proclaim salvation but also that we might be delivered from all kinds of demonic oppressions and the futile ways inherited from our fathers (Lk. 4:17-19; 1 Pet. 1:18-19). By His anointing every yoke of disease, deformity, setback, ancestral covenants and curses, sterility, destructive addictions, and vagabondism is broken (Acts 10:38; Isa. 10:27). Jesus came that we might be made whole (sound) and blameless in Spirit, Soul and Body (1 Thess. 5:23).
Supporting the Vulnerable and Underprivileged.
CoC is committed to the ministry of the needy, vulnerable and underprivileged, beginning from the household of faith (Gal. 6:10). There are sufficient resources in our world to go round if only every more privileged person could think more about what s/he could do to help the less privileged. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (Jm. 1:27). The bible teaches that God’s standard of righteousness and basis for judgement includes (but not limited to) what we have done regarding the needy and under-privileged (Matt. 25: 31-46; Jn. 3:19-21).
Running the Christian Race to Finish Well for the Lord’s Eternal Reward.
Heaven is real; Jesus repeatedly taught about it and also practically confirmed it. After his resurrection Jesus ascended into heaven (Jn. 14:1-3; Mtt. 5:11-12; Acts 1:9-11). Heaven is a prepared place for a people that have accessed the saving grace of God to prepare themselves according to God’s standards of righteousness and holiness. Ultimately making it to heaven is God’s eternal reward for the believer in Christ. Commitment to God’s work on earth attracts diverse rewards and crowns in heaven (Rev. 22:12; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Tim. 4:7-8; Phil. 4:1; Jm. 1:12; 1 Pet. 5:2-4; Rev. 2:10). CoC is a ministry for people who, like Jesus, are inspired by the goal of God’s eternal reward and therefore are consumed by zeal for
the heavenly Father’s house (Phil. 2: 4-11; Jn. 2:17).