We believe that Jesus Christ has commissioned His church to Proclaim His Message.
(Mark 16:15-16 and Matthew 28:18-20)
It is a message of Love,
a message of Life,
a message of Forgiveness,
a message of Reconciliation,
a message of New Beginnings,
a message of New Hope.
A message about the God who loves us.
A message about a Saviour who gave himself for us.
A message of the transforming work of the Holy Spirit.
The New Testament gives many examples of the early church carrying out this great commission:
Acts 2: Peter preaching on the Day of Pentecost.
Acts 4: Peter speaking out to the Jewish Sanhedrin.
Acts 7: Stephen bravely speaking to the Sanhedrin, resulting in his own martyrdom.
Acts 8:4: “… they preached the Word wherever they went.”
It was a passion of the early church leaders:
1 Corinthians 1:23-24, “… preach Christ crucified…. the power of God… the wisdom of God…”
1 Timothy 4:13-14, “… devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and teaching….”
2 Timothy 4:1-2 2.“… preach the Word, in season and out of season.”
Proclamation in Praise and Worship
When we meet together we enjoy proclaiming the truths about our God and Saviour in songs of praise. We lift up His name in worship. We believe it is what we were created to do. Jesus said, “… the Father is seeking worshippers… ” John 4:23. It was one of the hallmarks of the early church. (Acts 2:47)
Proclamation in a Post-modern Age??
In this post modern age people doubt there can be any real absolutes of truth. But God’s Word gives an unchangeable foundation on which to build our lives. Whilst it is good to debate and discuss the concepts of religion and spirituality, we have come to believe that the Bible is true and authoritative. None less than God’s revealed Word and His revelation to us. We always try to base this message we proclaim on the truth of the Holy Bible; the message of Christ discovered in His Word.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine
and puts them into practice is like a wise man who
built his house on the rock.— Matthew 7:24
The Reality of Proclamation for RCF
The way we live will be the crucial evidence of the truth of our message. We are called to live lives that are honouring to God and lives of service to others. But in addition, the message itself needs to be explained, reasoned and proclaimed. A proclamation of words and deeds!