Following Christ through His word
Building the body through loving relationships
Making disciples by sharing our lives
Mobilizing all for service
Engaging the community as salt and light
The mark of discipleship is following and obeying Jesus. The life of a disciple should always be connected to Christ; as Jesus said, He is the vine, we are the branches. Therefore, disciples should live in Christ through meditating and learning God’s words, to become powerful witnesses for Christ. In Living Water Alliance Church, apart from preaching in Sunday Service, we encourage brothers and sisters to participate in Bible study in the cell groups and to have daily personal devotion. Our sermon is predominantly exegetical, and our cell group Bible study is based on the books of Bible, supplemented by sharing of special topics each month, so that believers can have a comprehensive understanding of God’s word.
What the Lord Jesus requires of disciples is not just attending a service once a week, but also that we love one another. Jesus said, when we love another, people will recognise that we are His disciples. Loving one another is not an option, but a commandment. None of us is born knowing how to love; we all need to learn, and cell group is the place to put it into action. Cell groups meet weekly in Living Water Alliance church, so that brothers and sisters can build up close loving relationship as fellow disciples. In cell groups, we learn to sacrifice, accept each other and grow together.
Discipleship training is not the transfer of knowledge within the classroom. Rather, it is like Jesus training his disciples, living and connecting with them. Therefore, in Living Water Alliance Church, cell group is where discipleship training occurs. Through Bible study, fellowship, ministry, evangelism and worship, we learn to be healthy disciples. Apart from cell group gatherings, we encourage one-to-one discipleship training relationship, where a more mature disciple meets up regularly with a less mature disciple, studying discipleship training books, and more importantly, sharing lives and praying for each other.
To fulfill the Great Commission, the church cannot rely only on a few believers and the pastor. It requires the participation of the whole church embracing the truth of universal priesthood. We believe that every believer is called to be a priest to offer up his life as living sacrifice for God’s use, and every believer is given gifts from the Holy Spirit to build up the church. Cell groups are where believers learn to serve – we encourage and give opportunities to believers to serve, we also help believers to discover their gifts and appropriate areas to serve.
The belief of universal priesthood is not asking us to be busy with ministries within the church, and ministry is not limited to certain positions within the church. Instead, it is how we live our daily lives in our homes, workplaces, schools and the community as salt and light. God asks us not only to focus on the ministries of the church, but also to witness for him in the community. Therefore, we encourage believers not to be “Sunday Christians”. We need to engage with the community, know their needs and pray for them. Our cell groups go into the community regularly to serve them with the love of Christ.