About-Face Missions Motto, Mission, and Beliefs
Sharing the Love of Jesus around the World.
Come and see. Go and be.
Come and see our Jesus. Go and be like our Jesus. This means we desire to be good representatives of Christ and it is always our goal for people to see Jesus in us and what we do. Then follow us, as we follow Christ, and do likewise. To 'Go and Be', means getting involved and committed to ministry yourself. It is every Christian's duty in the family of Christ to both go and to support those going into missions. Biblical missions is loving others by acts of compassion and sharing the Gospel message both locally and to the ends of the earth. In Acts 1:8 Jesus spoke, "you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Yet not everyone can go to more distant places, but working as one team body of Christ you have a part to play locally and to the whole world. Praying, encouraging, and sending others and loving others remotely through financial support clearly makes yourself a vital part of the "going" ministry. One important way to go is to Pray. Another important way to go is to Give. Another vital way is to Serve. All are acts of encouragement that build up the Body of Christ. A Believer led by the Holy Spirit does all three in various ways.
Following Christ's commission to make disciples of all nations and extending his hand of compassion following the Biblical mandate to exercise pure religion of caring for the poor and needy especially the orphaned and widowed. We do this through strategic partnerships with missionaries and pastors in poor countries where needs are greatest, helping develop a strong universal Church all over the World.
Doctrine of Scripture. The Bible is God’s unique revelation to mankind, the inspired, infallible Word of God. As such, it is the supreme and final authority and without error in what it teaches and affirms in its original languages. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.
Doctrine of God. There is only one true God. He exists eternally as three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — each fully God of the same essence, yet each personally distinct from the other. The term Christians have coined to describe holy God is "the Trinity". This truth comes from Holy Scripture, the Bible. God is the creator of everything. God is sovereign over everything.
Doctrine of Sin. Everyone, regardless of race, gender, social class, or intellectual ability, is created in God’s image and for communion with God. But because of sin, that relationship was broken and all of humanity was separated from God, the source of all life. Because of the fall, everyone deserves God’s judgment, we all are inheritors of the first man Adam's sin. We all have sinned and need saving.
Doctrine of Salvation. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and God gives salvation and eternal life to those who trust in him. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that is received by repentance and faith in Christ and his death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. All those saved are born of God's Spirit.
Doctrine of Christ. Jesus Christ called the Son is the second person of triune God, in time was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary — he is God that came into human flesh. Always fully God called the Son, but became also fully man. He lived a sinless human life, yet willingly took upon himself our sins by dying in our place and on our behalf, providing his blood payment for us. He rose bodily, victorious over death. He ascended to Heaven and is at the right hand of the Father as the believer’s advocate and mediator. Some unknown day, he will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God, as rightful Judge and Lord over all creation.
Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the third Person of triune God, convicts the world of sin and gives new life to those who trust in Jesus. He is not a force, but a person of God. The Spirit regenerates believers to new life. He indwells all believers and is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives. The Spirit gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve fellow believers and reach out to a lost and needy world.
Doctrine of Judgment. At the final judgment, after Christ's return and end of his millennial reign on earth, unbelievers will be separated from God by the Son, bound and cast into hell forever. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence and will be forever rewarded with joy, joined to God the Son as his forever Bride, eternal heirs to the Kingdom of God.
Doctrine of the Church. All who repent from sin and trust in Jesus alone for their salvation are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines. The local church is a group of believers of any size who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, community with each other, and as a witness to the world for Christ.
Doctrine of Baptism. Baptism is not a requirement for Salvation, but a ritual of water baptism following Christ's example commanded of all new Believers, given by another Believer, and to follow if at all possible soon after coming to faith. It is a public profession of faith in Christ that you have died to your old life living for sin, and are raised up a new person in Christ now living by the Spirit at peace with God. It identifies you as a Christ follower. Like the Lord's Supper, it is one of the two commanded ordinances for all true Believers to follow as a unique identification that you belong to Him.
AFM Ministry has a more detailed doctrinal statement than above, yet we understand that there is room for differing interpretations in what we consider the “non-essentials". The above statement of faith, we consider the essentials of Christian faith.
Thus, it is possible to be a member of "the Church" even though you may not agree with the full doctrinal statement of AFM .
We welcome all members of the Body of Christ to join with us in prayer, encouragement and/or financial support of our mission to fulfill the call of Christ. Yet every staff member, or long-term* missionary we send, or who we partner with to any significant extent, will be asked to submit to our more detailed theological beliefs.
*anything more than a couple week trip
AFM does affirm the Danver’s statement on Biblical manhood and womanhood found online as well as the Nashville statement on Biblical sexuality and marriage of which both can be read or downloaded here https://cbmw.org . We hold that male leadership is the clear mandate of the Word of God and that women are not to be over a man in teaching or authority within God’s Church. We require all staff to likewise affirm these beliefs and also any significant active partnerships.
Abortion: We believe the Bible teaches the sanctity of human life. We are given the precious gift of life from God and are created in the image of God. Therefore, we believe, in principle, that abortion ought not to be practiced at all by anyone. Life begins at conception and we should do all we can to protect the most innocent among us from willful harm, and we expect any who partner with us to hold such a view.
Click Full Doctrinal Statement above to download and read which can also be found our OUR DOCUMENTS page.