YWAM is a set of Christian values and beliefs that we apply to our everyday lives. In its simplest form, the purpose of YWAM is "to know God and to make Him known". This statement is the essence of the YWAM belief system or "worldview". We are called to “love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and then to love our neighbour as ourselves”. YWAM is both the belief and the practical application of that belief.
YWAM is not a club, institution, company, trust, denomination, structural formation, group of ministries, family or organisation. It is a unique, Christian practice of faith with clearly defined values. YWAM is a revolutionary faith idea/concept – that a person can know, for themselves, that they are called to do God’s work regardless of whether various religious institutions/churches/structures approve of that calling.
A person who understands and embraces YWAM values, because they feel they are able to enter into this calling, is called a YWAMer. Anyone who embraces and practically applies this YWAM "DNA" can become a YWAMer.
YWAMers are Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus personally to this generation, mobilising as many as possible to help in this task, and training and equipping believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As citizens of God’s kingdom, we are called to love, worship, and obey our Lord, to love and serve His Body, the Church, and to present the whole Gospel throughout the entire world. We of Youth With A Mission Queenstown believe that the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God’s son; that people are created in God’s image; that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ; that although all people have sinned and come short of God’s glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God’s initiative of grace towards us; that God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth; and that the Holy Spirit’s power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishment of Christ’s last commandment, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation" (Mark 16:15).
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