The Jerusalem Project is a ministry of Calvary Church working to advance Christ’s church. Centered on Jesus’ promise that the Gospel would be carried from Jerusalem to the four corners of the earth through the work of local churches (Matthew 28:16-20), the Jerusalem Project partners with established churches, trains church leaders and plants new churches.
God used mutual ministry friends to form a partnership between Calvary Church and Magdalen Road Church in Oxford, England through the Jerusalem Project. In an effort to stay connected with their international partners even in this COVID season, Magdalen Road has featured a number of virtual guest preachers from around the world as part of a series entitled, “Global Grace.” In September, Pastor Jim preached from Malachi to encourage this growing congregation.
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What Does the Jerusalem Project Do?
The Jerusalem Project partners with local churches as we work together to reach communities with the gospel.
Thriving churches need mature, godly leaders. The Jerusalem Project provides training and resources to equip leaders to serve in a local church.
Calvary Church has a long history of partnering with local congregations, training church leaders and planting new churches.
Despite the good work that was accomplished it became evident that coordinating many of these initiatives might strengthen our efforts.
In 2018, the Jerusalem Project was created with three interconnected divisions that work together to advance Christ’s Church. The three divisions of the Jerusalem Project are:
- Partnering with established churches (Acts 18:18-23)
- Training church leaders (Acts 18:24-28)
- Planting new churches (Acts 18:1-17)
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul speaks about planting the church in Thessaloniki and he writes that he was motivated to serve them with the same love and intense longing that mothers and fathers have for their children. His focus was not on earthly accolades, but on the reward of seeing those believers on the day when Christ returns.
As the Jerusalem Project serves other churches, it is out of love for Christ and the desire to imitate Paul as he encouraged, comforted and urged the church at Thessaloniki “to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory” (I Thessalonians 2:12).
In Obadiah, God is angry with Edom because they did not help Judah even as Judah was being sent into captivity for their sins. In Lamentations, God both promises to punish Judah for their rebellion and reminds them that his mercies are new every morning, and that he will never reject his people forever.
As the Jerusalem Project comes alongside other churches, our mindset is to be merciful to them as God has been merciful to us. We realize God is calling us to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with [our] God” (Micah 6:8).
Mystery: The Church as God’s Dwelling Place
With the death and resurrection of Jesus, and the giving of the Holy Spirit, the church is the place where God dwells among his people by his Spirit. It is the place where the fulness of God is found.
This mystery is the foundational reason the Jerusalem Project focuses on the local church and the desire of our heart is Psalm 84, “How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you” (Psalm 84:1, 4).