Who we are …

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.

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