If you want to harden the world to the true gospel, go ahead and tell them the lie that Jesus will fix their problems. Jesus came to solve our sin problem, not the problems of this life.
January 19, 2018
It’s always good to spend time in personal reflection. The older I get, when I look in the mirror, the more I can appreciate the value of a facelift. Who couldn’t use a bit of sprucing up here and there, a little tightening to improve the look?
Living Waters is also due for a facelift—but we’ve done more than just spruce up our appearance and tighten our focus. This will be a significant upgrade to reflect not just a better look but also a greater vision.
Our little ministry has grown by leaps and bounds over four decades, from its humble beginnings as a weekly newsletter in a small garage in New Zealand, to one that inspires and equips millions of people in nearly 200 countries around the world. We’ve produced award-winning documentaries, a feature film, and, of course, the “Way of the Master” television program. Our YouTube channel has had over 50 million views, and—with your help and God’s blessing—we’ve distributed an unprecedented 200 million tracts across the globe!
It is time we take our vision—to inspire and equip Christians to fulfill the Great Commission—to a higher level. Our Living Waters team has been hard at work to tone up, freshen, and reinvigorate our ministry “face.” Much more than cosmetic, it reaches the very heart of what we do. We believe that with these significant improvements, God’s amazing work will only increase.
“It is time we take our vision—to inspire and equip Christians to fulfill the Great Commission—to a higher level.”
Our new LivingWaters.com site is designed as a continual resource for Christians, as well as an evangelistic hub for the lost. We will soon have thousands of videos, audio sermons, and articles, all intended to inspire and equip you to reach the lost. Living Waters has been blessed to grow from one individual to a staff of gifted and godly men and women, but there are many Christian leaders with a similar desire to inspire and equip the Church for the work of evangelism. We believe it will serve you well to hear from these gifted brothers and sisters. You will see staff contributions along with some very exciting guest contributors to the site. LivingWaters.com will house all past and future content, which we believe will make the website the most powerful and effective tool we’ve ever created. Imagine millions of visitors each year having free access to thousands of evangelistic tools and resources, all on one site!
We hope that you will bookmark LivingWaters.com, subscribe to the newsfeed, and follow us on social media to stay up to date on the newest resources produced for you.
Sharpening Our Vision
Our vision has always been to inspire and equip Christians to fulfill the Great Commission, and that has not changed. In reviewing our vision statement, however, we felt there was an opportunity to present our ministry’s vision more clearly and effectively. God has saved people out of the muck and mire into the local church, and we believe our discipleship, evangelism, and public preaching of the Word should take place within this context. Living Waters has no desire to replace the local churches but to come alongside them to inspire and equip their members. Our mission statement is intended to express this desire.
Living Waters exists to inspire and equip Christians to fulfill the Great Commission.
Deepening Our Focus
Likewise, we have not changed our convictions; however, we felt a few changes to our Statement of Faith would provide both greater depth and clarity to what we believe. We’ve taken this opportunity to move away from a bullet list into a narrative format so that the gospel would be clearly presented. In the process of gathering confessional statements from various faithful ministries and churches, we fell in love with a confessional statement written by The Gospel Coalition Council. We used this as our starting point and made minor revisions to better fit what we proclaim.
We believe healthy theology is necessary, good, and God-glorifying. Some may ask why it’s necessary to pay attention to these things. Paying attention to your theology is paying attention to God. Theology is simply knowing God. Just as a loving husband knows his wife, we want to know who our great God is.
Theology can be separated into two categories: primary and secondary issues. The primary issues are the things that separate historic, orthodox Christianity from heretical cults (like Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons). This includes things like the Trinity, Jesus’ divinity, and justification. These primary issues are thoroughly addressed in both our old and revised Statements of Faith.
Secondary issues are things that good, God-fearing Christians can lovingly disagree on. It’s not that they are not important, but they are not issues to divide over. This includes things like eschatology, spiritual gifts, and predestination.
God has graciously enabled us to partner with friends in various denominations with a wide range of secondary theological convictions. Our ministry partners, donors, and staff come from various backgrounds and denominations, and we praise God for that! Living Waters has not taken a stand on many of these issues and will continue to be a resource to all Christians. Our focus is biblical evangelism and our prayer is that God would use Living Waters to inspire all Christians to reach out to the lost. Our focus will remain on the gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Our focus is biblical evangelism and our prayer is that God would use Living Waters to inspire all Christians to reach out to the lost.”
The renovation of Living Waters has been a massive undertaking, and not without its share of pain and discomfort. Many staff members have worked tirelessly for more than a year to make this happen, and we are thankful for their passion, skill, and perseverance. The project has also been a major financial commitment, one we would not have been able to make without our faithful partners; we are grateful as always for your ongoing financial partnership. Finally, we are indebted to all who will use the new site and its resources to reach the lost. Countless people are dying and entering eternity without knowing the Savior, and your boldness, love, and commitment to proclaim the gospel are what inspire us to do what we do. We pray that the new Living Waters will help lead to growth and increased health in the Body of Christ.
Until the nets are full,