God calls every man to live in harmony with Him. We are Christians who have decided to respond to this call which led us together to help and support each other daily in being obedient to God’s will.
Although, we had different backgrounds, we could come to unity because we could see the emptiness of man-made rituals and formalism in the religious (so called Christian) circles, which present Christian life and Biblical Christian fellowship as something very theoretical or even impossible in our days. We understood that God wants us to come out of such hypocrisy and we had to repent and decide clearly to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:20–21)
We saw in this prayer of Jesus that His wish for unity and love among Christians was not only for the Christians in the beginning, or His immediate disciples but for all “who will believe” in Him “through their (disciples’) word.” We do not find this prayer unrealistic or theoretical but something that was reality among the Christians of the New Testament time.
All the believers were one in heart and mind … (Acts 4:32)
We also strive for the same. We are thankful to have each other as our real brothers and sisters like in a family wherein our home is truly our fellowship. We recognized that Jesus wanted this to be the sign for the world so that they will also see the love of God through the church and repent.
Since we see that the fellowship of the Christians in the Bible was like a family we reject all kinds of hierarchical structure or any organizational set-up for our fellowship. We do not agree with a Christian church having any name or institutional structure. Jesus wanted something else to be seen by the world than a name, building or any human personality.
We want to help each other remain in the right teachings of Jesus and persevere in our faith until the end. Brotherly fellowship is very important for us so that we can encourage and be encouraged to live in submission to God’s will. We can be biased in assessing our own situations and may feel helpless but with the help of our brothers we can remain sober to find God’s leading.
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. (Hebrews 3:12–14)
We have different professions, studies or tasks and we see it is quite possible to combine these things with our daily devotion in our spiritual family if we have the right priorities in front of God. We do not see God’s will in escaping from the worldly responsibilities like studies, work etc. (as is understood in some Indian devotional movements). We acknowledge the command of Jesus to be a testimony for all people by being a holy nation, quite separate from the world yet living in it.
We do not acknowledge any present day personality—“prophet,” “messiah,” “guru” etc.—like William M. Branham, Ellen G. White, Joseph Smith, Watchman Nee, Ahn Sang-Hong, etc. or their revelations as we see that the Bible is the complete revelation of God. Neither do we have anything to do with present day organizations like the Watch Tower Society of the Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Latter Days’ Saints (Mormons). We see that through the Holy Spirit every Christian is able to understand God’s will without dependence on such central personalities or organizations. The only prerequisite of the right understanding of the Bible is an honest and sincere attitude towards God and his truth.
In this trust we study the Bible together and share our joy in the Word of God with one another. We want to extend God’s call also to other people and encourage them to decide to live for God. We would be glad to find other Christian brothers and sisters in India or elsewhere.