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Joyland is Simply Part of the Larger Church Throughout the World.

The Church—in its larger definition—consists of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ.

We honor the Church at large and recognize other brothers and sisters of faith as fellow members of His body and as co-heirs with us of the riches of His grace to all of us. This honor does not require agreement on all doctrinal specifics, nor does it require similarity on mission specifics; therefore, we are not inclined to judge our many brothers, sisters, and fellow workers locally or around the globe. We love each other because we each belong to Jesus, have been reconciled by His shed blood, and are sons and daughters of the same heavenly Father. To honor our heavenly Father and the reconciling work of Jesus, we endeavor to live and work together with our believing brothers and sisters in the peaceful and cooperative unity of the Holy Spirit.

We Also Believe In Our Value As A Local Church.

The local church still has a work to do in the Kingdom!

The work of advancing the Kingdom of God, witnessing to others about the risen Lord Jesus, and the building up the individual saints to work together to do the work of the ministry is ordained by God to be done, in large part, in the context of the fellowship possible in local churches. It is not just in the church services, but rather in the many relationships formed and supported in the local church, where we primarily experience the power and leverage of being joined together with other believers to do the work of the ministry out in the world. He gave gifts such as Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers to the church at large, but also to the local assemblies so that individual saints can grow up into the fullness and measure of the stature of Christ. Equipped by these ministries and supported in face-to-face fellowship, we can go fearlessly into the world and workplaces God has ordained for us. Out there with Him, we proclaim the Good News of Jesus and reveal and release His life-changing presence to the people we influence.

He also gave His church ordinances such as Baptism and Communion to be celebrated in his name in the close confines, and with the encouraging accountability, of local, personal fellowship. The Church—local and universal—exists to equip the saints to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ and further advance His kingdom by undoing the works of the enemy, preaching and living the Good News of God’s love to their neighbors, making disciples of the nations, and baptizing and teaching all therein to love and obey God. We accept and invite you to join us in the vital role we play in that commission and opportunity both locally and globally.