WE WANT OUR WHOLE WORLD TO JOYFULLY KNOW JESUS.
Joyful City Vision
Joyful City began as a small group of people - who didn't really know what was going on, what to expect, or what they were getting themselves into - gathered in Pastor David Jo's office at Joyful Church in the winter of 2011. At that time Pastor David felt led by the Lord to start a ministry within Joyful Church that would empower English-speaking church leaders to reach foreigners in South Korea and to make an impact for God's kingdom in South Korea and beyond.
This led Pastor David to invite Pastor Jimmy Lee to join Joyful Church to plant and start this ministry. This in turn led to that day in Pastor David's office where he introduced Pastor Jimmy to a few members of Joyful Church - predominantly consisting of South Korean nationals - that had a heart for foreigners in Korea but no idea who this guy was that Pastor David was introducing to them, and no idea what was about to happen. Thus, the humble beginnings of Joyful City began.
Since that time in that office, Joyful City has grown not only into a "English-ministry", but rather a dynamic international ministry consisting of English-speaking foreigners, Korean-speaking foreigners, English-speaking Koreans, and yes, Korean-speaking Koreans! Joyful City continues to thrive today as a church with the unique relationship, covering, blessing, unity and support of it's parent church, Joyful Church, to advance God's kingdom in our city, our nation, and to the ends of the earth.
At Joyful City, our desire is to be both a community that is a family of God and an army of the Lord. A group who care for one another but also reach the world together. A people who are blessed and are also a blessing. A company of Believers that prosper for God's purpose. A cadre of disciples standing strong and yet laying down our lives for others. We are the strong and the weak. We are the lost and the found. We are the haves and have nots. We are the broken and the healed. We are the running and the crawling. We are the ones on the mountain top and walking through the valley. We are the struggling. We are the victorious.
That's us. We are Joyful City and we are all about Jesus.
We believe that "kingdom joy" is the key to being and becoming radical 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.
WITH GOD FOR GOD
We seek to inspire, equip and empower all people to do life with God for God all because of Jesus.
JOYFUL CITY GOALS | ONE
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