Genesis 26 tells the story of Isaac re-digging the wells that has father Abraham had dug a generation before. These wells were located in the desert region near Gaza and without them there was no source of water. When Isaac dug them back up, he was quite literally helping sustain life for anyone who would pass through.
Seattle Foursquare was founded in 1936 by Aimee Semple McPherson. Since then there have been several common wells that have been present. In 2012 it was on our heart to discover and uncover what those wells are, and through much prayer and consideration we have found them so that anyone who passes through would be able to draw from them. These wells are more than just a part of who we are, they are our mission here in Seattle. They are why we exist.
Born in the fires of revival in the 1920’s, the Foursquare movement passed on
the sacred call of being living epistles. Aimee Semple McPherson stated, “We believe that evangelizing and making disciples is the primary ‘business’ of the church; every hindrance to worldwide evangelism should be removed, cut off, and cast away as unworthy of the Church, detrimental to the most sacred cause of Christ and contrary to the Great Commission by our Lord.” Methods are many, principles are few; take heart that though methods often change, principles never do. The commission of Christ was to save those perishing and point them to eternal life. The only remedy to which sinners may look is the crucified and resurrected Lord.
Passages: Proverbs 11:30, Luke 19:10, James 5:19-20, Jude 22-23 & John 12:32
Raising and Releasing Leaders
Jesus invested His time and energy into 12 Jewish men who in turn discipled others to lead the church of successive generations of apostles, pastors, elders, prophets and evangelists. Discipleship begins in the heart of the new believer and is nurtured by parents in the faith. The roots of discipleship begin in the home demonstrated as the Lord commands fathers to “teach His commands diligently to your sons” and to “talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lay down and when you rise up.” (Deut. 6:7) As is the case with natural parents, spiritual children when mature, need to be fully released. The Lord supplies the laborers; we are tasked with raising and sending them as the Holy Spirit Directs.
Passages: Isaiah 6:5-8, Matthew 4:19, Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Acts 13:1-3 & Luke 24:44-49
Created to Worship
The Lord formed Adam and Eve in His image yet made them dependent upon Him for the breath of life. There existed a purity in their relationship that allowed for openness and honesty between the creation and the Creator. The fall and impending judgement was a deathblow to this trust, yet the desire to be pure, reconciled and to adore the one that formed them remained in the conscious of fallen humanity. Christ’s work on the cross allows our expressions of love, devotion and sacrifice to be received as acceptable worship. Jesus states that “for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.” We choose to live this truth out in songs, creativity in the arts, and freedom in expression unto the One who created, sought and purchased worshipers for His good pleasure.
Passages: John 4:23-24, Acts 16:25-26, Psalm 27:4-8, 33:1-3 & Colossians 3:16
Heart for the Nations
From the Garden of Eden, God’s heart and passion was focused on the crowning jewel of His creation – humanity. When man united against God at Babel, he dispersed them throughout the globe into what developed into many nations, tribes and tongues. Upon commissioning the disciples prior to Pentecost, He prophesied that once they were immersed in the Holy Spirit they would share the good news about the Messiah beginning in Jerusalem and reaching to the utter end of the earth. As a result, we pray, give and go as the Spirit directs throughout our community and into the world winning and discipling people from all nations, tribes and tongues. We celebrate cultural distinctness yet remain committed to the ultimate bond of unity that holds us, Christ Jesus Himself.
Passages: Genesis 12:1-3, John 3:16-17, Psalm 2:7-8, 1 Timothy 2:3-4 & Revelation 19:6-8
Dependence on the Spirit
Peter accurately prophesied that the Spirit of God would be poured out on all flesh at Pentecost and the past two millennia are testament that the work continues. The Scriptures declare that the Spirit’s anointing is not dependent on age, gender or socio-economic background but simply dependent on a submitted heart to the third person of the Trinity. We believe that ministry unto the Lord precedes ministry unto man. As a result we regularly give place to His work in our lives and gatherings. Dependence is just that – without Him we cease to function as we were intended.
Passages: Zechariah 4:6, Joel 2:28-32, John 16:7-14