WE EXIST TO HELP
TASTE AND SEE THAT
GOD IS GOOD
We believe that "kingdom joy" is the key to being - and becoming - fulfilled, committed disciples of Jesus. Therefore, we want to do all that we can to help people discover the “joy of the Lord” in their lives by helping them to rethink their understanding of God, reimagine what church can be like and ultimately reveal Jesus in the process.
At Joyful City we want God to be glorified and His mission fulfilled by seeing: the Gospel preached, the lost reached, churches planted, missionals activated, missionaries sent, marriages championed, youth impacted, mercy given, resources shared, prayers lifted, worship elevated, spheres influenced, disciples made, and culture changed.
WE ARE AN
As a church, we are passionate and dedicated to loving and serving the country we are in. It is because of this heart that Joyful City is a bilingual international church. We seek to be: a family of God from every tribe and tongue, disciples of every people group, a house of prayer for all nations, and a blessing to all people for the purposes of reaching our world around us from South Korea to the nations!
God Has A Great Plan!
We believe God has a great plan to use both foreigners and native Koreans together to make a great impact in Korea and through Korea to the nations for His glory! It is for such a time as this that God is bringing together Korean & English speaking people from various cultures and backgrounds in our church to be unified and serve together to see God's Kingdom come and His will be done on the earth!
By Pastor Jimmy Lee
In July 2009, I felt led by God to move to South Korea. At the time when I felt God speaking to me about the move, I felt a tremendous, almost overwhelming, love for Korea that I can only best describe as God sharing His heart with me for the nation. When I came to Korea it was with a deep conviction that God wanted to do great things in and through this country. I knew then, what I still know now, which is that God wants to move in a special way to revive and empower His people in their destiny, as well as use His people in a greater way to reach more people, who don’t know Christ, the way Jesus did. God desires for His people to carry His glory and love to others by incarnating to them the way He did to the whole world.
During my first season in Korea, through the leading of the Lord, I spent time working in an entertainment company. I tell people all the time, I feel like I did more ministry in that company than I ever did in a church! It was an incredible time of learning, growing, and doing ministry in an “out of the box thinking” kind of way. It was a great time, but eventually it was through that company God opened an incredible opportunity to work together with Pastor David Jo at Joyful Church. After prayer and confirmation by God, the awesome journey of building and raising up Joyful City began. On May 5, 2013 we began our weekly services and since then we have to thank God for all the amazing things He has done and is continually doing in our church! Joyful City has grown into a dynamic bilingual international church filled with people, of different walks of life, who are experiencing God’s presence, love, and joy, and we’re still believing for greater things as we believe for God’s best for everyone who comes to our church!
What We Believe
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives. The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.
Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16
We believe that God is eternal and that He revealed Himself as one God existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man and is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless life, died on the cross in our place, rose again to life, and ascended to heaven. Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have life.
Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6; Luke 22:70; 24:46-47; John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 11:25-27; 17:1-5; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit’s presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ. We also believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is available to all believers. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts as enumerated in I Corinthians 12-14 and as manifested in the Early Church.
Genesis 1:2; Psalm 51:11; 139:7 ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. Whether we spend eternity with God or separated from Him is determined by our response to the grace and salvation of Jesus.
John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love. We believe that each person will exist eternally.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7, 18-22; 3; Psalms 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22; Ephesians 2; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11
We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives. We believe that we receive salvation, the forgiveness of our sins and reconciliation to God, by grace through faith in Jesus. The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.
Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-66, 28:1-6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20
We believe that Jesus established and is building His Church. God’s plan is that all believers regularly meet together for worship, fellowship, service, and instruction in the Word of God. The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3