Who we are
The Ministry of Likewise – Luke 10:27-37
The parable of the Good Samaritan is a great story of which we all can learn many lessons from.
First, to improve ourselves and others, secondly to show the practical love of God (AGAPE) to the needy, our enemies and the least likely without any conditions and strings attached to the service we provide.
From the parable we learn three principles about loving our neighbour:
- Lack of love is often easy to justify, even though it is never right;
- Our neighbour is anyone of any race, creed, or social background who is in need;
- Love means acting to meet the person’s need. Wherever you live, there are needy people close by. There is no good reason for refusing to help.
There was deep hatred between Jews and Samaritans. The Jews saw themselves as pure descendants of Abraham, while the Samaritans were a mixed race produced when Jews from the northern kingdom intermarried with other people after Israel’s exile. To this law expert, the person least likely to act correctly would be the Samaritan. In fact, he could not bear to say “Samaritan” in answer to Jesus’ question. This “expert” attitude betrayed his lack of the very thing he had earlier said the law commanded – Love.
This expert in law was quoting Deuteronomy 6:5, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”, and Leviticus 19:18, “You shall not take vengeance nor bear any grudge against the children of your people. But you shall love yoru neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.” He correctly understood that the law demanded total devotion to God and love for one’s neighbour. Jesus talked more about these laws elsewhere (in Matthew 19:16-22 and Mark 10:17-22)
“Behold, one came and he said to Jesus, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, “which ones?” Jesus said, “You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, honour your father and your mother and you shall love your neighbour as yourself.” The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. ”
What we believe
The Bible consists of all the books of the Old and New Testament, and that it is the word of God. The Bible is the supreme book, for it excels above all other book ever written, it has been what men turn to in their hour of tragedy and death – it has the answers to our existence and after math.
When we pick up the Bible, we need to remember that is the book of GOD in it, it is not just black words on white paper. Even non-Christian scholars agree that the most important book is the Bible, the book that has been most influential in our world and society today for centuries.
The Palmist said it well when he said that God’s word (the Bible) made him wiser and than his enemies and it had given him more understanding than all his teachers. “You through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation.” Psalm 119:98-99
MANY BOOKS CAN INFORM, BUT IT IS ONLY THE BIBLE THAT CAN TRANSFORM
- That the Bible consisting of all the books of the Old and New testament is in the word of God
- God in the Trinity – that the eternal Godhead manifests as three persons, God the father, God the son and the Holy Spirit of which all three form the Trinity.
- The Virgin Birth, Sinless being, atoning death, triumphant, resurrection, ascension, and abiding Intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ; His second coming and millennial reign upon earth.
- the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for the believer through the finished work of Christ.
- The Sacraments of baptism by immersion of water.
- The divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Spirit.
- Apostles, prophets and evangelists, pastors, teachers, elders and deacons govern the church.
- In the divine healing, which is the restoration of health through believing prayer and the laying of hands.
- In outward expression of worship and praise in the form of dancing, triumph shouting, clapping and lifting of hands to the Almighty.
- In the bringing into the Local Church (the house of God) the tithes and offerings as well as sharing our resources with others as need arises, irrespective of colour, race or tribe as in Christ, we are one body.
COLLECTION OF ATTITUDES FROM CHARACTERS IN THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN
The truth and greatest dream of our ministry is to raise wounded men and women and restore to them total freedom.
Goals and Duties
Likewise Christian Ministries is a church organisation in the community appointed by God to love, care and serve the people. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the message of the good news that has brought love to millions. The church as the body of Christ is here to do LIKEWISE to the “dying world” today.
Our ministry is here to give to you:-
A new life in GOD:
Our objective is that as a member you will have life and experience it in every area of your life.
A new happiness:
Fellowship in the word of God, you are bound to find fulfillment where your joy is complete in every area of your entire life.
A new power:
In Christ, you will find the strength to face all the challenges in your life by the power that God gives you to be a winner.
A new confidence:
In the presence of God, there is fullness of joy, not to make you timid and tearful, instead to empower you to love one another and to be of a sound mind.