We believe that followers of Jesus Christ are, “fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” Ephesians 2:19-20 (NIV)
With this in mind, we strive to build long-lasting personal relationships with our partners where we can both encourage and challenge one another in the faith.
We ask that you read the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions in this light and urge you to get in touch with us should you have questions that have not been answered here.
From natural law we see that when something is healthy, it grows. The same thing applies to God’s Church. However, we believe that this growth needs to be reflected on two levels. Therefore, to say that a church is experiencing healthy growth we must look at the level of spiritual growth in individual members, as well as the growth in numbers of members being added to the body.
We believe that when the Holy Spirit moves to bring purity, change, power and direction, we need to be flexible to be led by Him. This applies to individual church members as well as leaders. We must aim at all times to be prepared to put our plans aside in favour of His plans.
Practically, this influences every part of our lives as believers, whether we are in a church meeting or not. Our highest goal in everything we do individually or corporately must be to actively seek the leading of the Holy Spirit who is God.
We believe that the church is the body of Christ and is made up of many different members. Each member is called to fulfil their unique destiny according to their gifting’s and talents. We hope that through a lifestyle of accountability and unity in the faith, founded in love, each member will, “become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:13
With this in mind it is important that every saint, along with apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers and pastors, give themselves to the mandate of preparing, “the people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:12
Have you ever wondered what the role of the apostle is? In this video Andrew brings greater clarity to the role of the apostolic in the life of the local church. Among other things, the apostolic brings us into the big vision of God and we begin to see that not only are we impacting our neighbourhoods but we begin to come into God’s visions for the nations of the world!
At the beginning of His ministry Jesus recognised and released a number of apostles. He delegated responsibility and authority of the church to these men. They in turn each gave themselves to effectively caring for different areas within His Kingdom. We believe that He continues to recognise and release apostles in our day who endeavour to build the church along with elders, deacons and the saints according to the pattern of scripture.
One of the fears that many pastors have when considering how or even if they should link their church in with a partnership of churches like Four12 is that they will experience a stifling form of control. In this video, Andrew expounds upon the heart of godly partnership and mutual submission. Ultimately, authority is given not taken in the kingdom.
Accountability is so important for a healthy church. It is too easy for a whole church to be hijacked by a few bad men if there is not accountability that goes beyond the local church. But how can we achieve accountability beyond the local church that is not either stifling control or a form of accountability that really means nothing in practice?
We want to work together to reflect authentic Christianity as we see it in scripture, and help each church we partner with become strong, healthy and mature.
By equipping and releasing every saint into their God given destiny through the Four12 movement, we hope to see the Church of Jesus Christ grow and usher in God’s rule and reign in all nations.
This is not humanly possible and that’s the glory of it. For it to truly glorify God the Church must and is being built by Jesus Himself, and we feel privileged to co-labour with Him in these last days.