“Nii Jorn Presby is a church on a mission to glorify God through praise and worship, living a Christ Centered life with a purpose to transform lives and impact the world through the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
— Rev Ishmael Ako-Ayeng
THIS IS OUR CORE VALUES IN GETTING TO KNOW US BETTER
Core Values of Nii Jorn Presby
The Core Values of Presby Nii Jorn describe the kind of people we want to be as we engage in our mission to glorify God, transform lives and impact the world through the gospel of Jesus Christ. These values serve as the foundation of our ministry and hopefully capture God’s thematic purposes found in Scripture.
Transformation happens in authentic, gritty, raw community (Pr 27:17). When we invite people to church, we aren’t just inviting them to a building; we’re inviting them into our lives and into the presence of God. We meet in the church to celebrate the good deeds of God, Pray, and fellowship. A community of transformation has depth, which we achieve by building one another up in love and good deeds (Heb 10:24). We pray together, struggle together, and encounter life’s messes together. By sharing God’s grace, love, and truth with one another, the Gospel is spread and transformation occurs.
We are called to transform our city (Jer 29:7), not by railing against it from the outside, but by loving it from the inside. We are commanded to care for orphans (and the poor), widows (and single moms), the homeless, the fatherless, and the oppressed (Jas 1:27) – as Jesus did (Luke 4:18-19).
First and foremost, Presby Nii Jorn is about sharing the word of God and touching Lives. We must focus our eyes on the true Jesus, as one who holds all things together (Col 1:17). Jesus is truth (Jn 14:6, Jn 16:13). He is revealed in the truth of Scripture (Jn 17:17) and we seek to glorify Him in truth (Ps 51:6).
We all worship something. Your time, energy, creativity, money, and resources go to something that you consider ultimate. The Cross frees us to focus our passions for the One, True, Ultimate: The gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek to be living sacrifices, offering our entire beings to God as an act of worship (Rom 12:1)
Followers of Jesus are to live intentionally (2 Cor 5:18). Knowing that God put us where we are for His purpose (Acts 17:26), we proclaim the Gospel (Rom 10:14-15) and live it out being purposeful in everything we do. We seek to do everything – hobbies, work, dinner, marriage, music – for the glory of God; acting in His love towards the people He’s placed around us.
For spiritual transformation to occur, we must continually sharpen one another (Prov. 27.17). We all need to be confronted with, challenged by, and trained in the Word. We need to remind one another how God calls us to love our spouses and our families (Eph 5:22-33, 6:4), lead our church (1 Tim 3), teach others (2 Tim 2:2), fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim 6:12), and build a counter-culture within our city (Rom 12:1-2).
Knowing Jesus & Making Jesus Known
The primary vision behind the Christian faith can be simplified down to the following statement; “to KNOW Jesus and to make Jesus KNOWN.” found in Philippians 3:10, which illustrate the Apostle Paul’s heart for wanting to know Jesus more and more through pressing on daily in his relationship with Him.
Paul tells us in Philippians 3:10, “that I may KNOW Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” This was Paul’s greatest desire in life, to become more like Jesus… by being conformed into His image, and the only way that this could take place was if he continued growing in his relationship with Jesus.
In fact, Paul would continue on in Philippians 3, by saying, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.”
Here we read that Paul confesses to us that he is not perfect, he is still a work in process, but even though he has not arrived yet spiritually (like every single one of us, except for Jesus) Paul presses on to “make it his own”.
In other words, Paul is saying, I am not perfect. I still make mistakes. But I have without question taken ownership of my faith.
Until a person is at that place in life with Jesus, it will be difficult to experience God moving in and through your life. But once a person is at this place in life, everything changes, life becomes 3 Dimensional; where loving God, loving one another, and serving the world for the purpose of reaching them for Jesus becomes your mission in life, and is what fuels the passion within your heart to keep pressing on for the goal of your upward calling in Christ.
The result of KNOWING Jesus will naturally be manifested through your deep desire to want to make Jesus KNOWN to others.
We pray that you will allow Jesus to take ownership of your life, because there is no other way that you can take ownership of your faith until you allow Jesus to own you. When that happens, you will know Jesus and be able to make Jesus known.