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Our Reformed Calling

Martin Luther

Martin Luther posting his
95 theses October 31, 1517

We, as Reformed people, have a great sense of calling in this world. We are called to pray for and work for the growth of the kingdom of grace that God established in the Old Testament and that Christ expanded in the new covenant to all nations on this earth at His first coming (Isaiah 9:6-7, 11:1-9; Daniel 2:35, 44; Mark 1:15). The Lord Jesus has commanded us to pray "Your Kingdom come" (Matthew 6:13) and has summoned us to "seek first the Kingdom of God" (Matthew 6:33). Christ's Kingdom is extended through the preaching of the gospel and by the establishment and ministry of healthy gospel-driven biblical churches which act as salt and light bringing transforming grace to this needy and dark world. But Reformed Christians also have a confidence about bringing the Gospel to all areas of life in this world, in this age, as the Church militant carries out her mission.

Our calling is to extend Christ's Kingdom in two major ways. First, the church is to engage in world wide evangelism and missions. WTC/S seeks to prepare men and women for evangelism and missions. Every person is either a missionary or a mission field. WTC/S seeks to equip pastors and leaders to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, beginning in Africa. We believe that Africa has the potential to one day become a great sending church, reaching all nations. We are committed to missions and cross-cultural ministries. We encourage our students to think about reaching every people group in this vast African continent. We do so because Christ has purchased people for God "from every tribe and language and people and nation" (Revelation 5:9). Missions and evangelism are WTC/S"s passions. We seek to build healthy churches to engage in missions through Holy Spirit-anointed preaching and ministry.

Teaching

Our Reformed calling has a second dimension. We are to give attention beyond the building of Christ's church and the preaching of God's Word. The church must be taught to carry out the "cultural mandate" (Genesis 1:27-28), to rule and manage Christ's world for Christ's honor. We do not train our students to withdraw from the world. Nor do we encourage them to teach the members of their churches to withdraw. There is no "sacred/secular" compartmentalization of life. Christ is the Lord of every square inch of this planet and every area of life. Therefore, we seek to prepare every student to teach and preach God's Word in order to impact every area of life and to equip believers to transform every aspect of culture for Christ's glory through deeds of love, justice and mercy. Christ is the Lord of every area of culture and society. He is Lord of the family, the marketplace, the classroom, government, education, science, entertainment and art. WTC/S's vision is "training for transformation" which extends to the transformation of all of life and culture in order to spread Christ's fame and honor.

Teaching

Our confidence is this: though the fullness of Christ's Kingdom will occur only at the end of the age, at Christ's final, glorious coming, yet in the meantime, His Kingdom has come, is coming and is growing now by God's grace. We have great confidence in the power of the cross and in the Word of God concerning the present work of the church militant. As Christ's church carries out her mission to preach the gospel to all people groups and to equip believers to apply the gospel to all areas of life, she can have full confidence in the Lord of the church who has said "I will build my church"¦.[because] all authority in heaven and earth has been given to me" "I will be with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 16:18; 28:18-20). Our confidence is in the power and presence of the Lord of the Church and the Lord of history (Eph 1:20-22). Our trust is that Christ will build healthy, faithful, gospel-driven, biblical churches in our world. Our encouragement is that as WTC/S seeks to be steadfast and immovable in the work of training pastors and leaders for transformation that our Lord has promised that our "labor is not in vain in the Lord" (I Corinthians 15:58).