Some time ago, two guys from my church got together and decided to start a ministry whose goal was “to spread a zeal for the love of the knowledge of God found in Jesus.” This ministry is called Treasure Jesus, Inc. There are also study guides being added to the site to help people in their study of God’s Word. They have recently launched a project called Truth For Africa. This project is designed to strengthen African pastors in their knowledge of God and Christian doctrine while also refuting false doctrines. Rather than explain it to you, I have copied the contents of the page that talks about Truth For Africa. I would encourage you to talk to your church and join us in helping raise money to help these pastors.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven…On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me’”
~Jesus (Matt. 7:21-23)
Many are being deceived in Africa.
They need the true food of Jesus.
Africa is hungry. They are experiencing an explosive church growth. In 1910, 9% of Africans were Christians. In 2010, now 57% of Africans are Christians.* Yet, thousands of Christians in these regions are deprived of sound biblical teaching. Pastors and their congregations lack sound theology, leaving them malnourished, hungry, some sick and vulnerable, and some dying.
Much of Africa’s “Christian” Churches and Pastors are believing in grave errors, such as:
- The prosperity gospel
- The social gospel
- Witchcraft, evil spirits (Animism), sacrifices to ancestors, “witchdoctors”, reincarnation, the evil eye, amulets, and other elements of African Traditional Religions (ATR) are being unified with Christianity–this is called Syncretism
- Denying God’s Sovereign Grace
- Denying God’s Triunity
- Denying God’s Inspired Word (Liberalism)
WHAT WE ARE DOING
We are Building-Up the Brothers
Treasure Jesus, Inc. is working to satisfy the African Hunger for the true Jesus by spreading a zeal for the knowledge of God in Jesus. We are building up our brothers in Christ by providing solid-biblical training and resources, in applicable languages and formats, to equip church and mission leaders around the continent.
We Provide Training
- Through missional seminaries such as study centers of Miami International Seminary (MINTS.EDU), seminary degrees and certificates are offered to pastors and leaders.
- We support the professors who provide classes and training to the Missional Seminaries in Africa.
- We provide support to the national coordinators who lead and administrate Missional Seminaries.
We Provide Resources
We support pastors and leaders, not only by training them in the truth, but also by providing the resources they need to be trained. Resources they need to know their Bibles well and hence to be good pastors and leaders.
- We provide paper resources: Bibles, commentaries, and textbooks
- We provide digital resources. Our goal is to equip every pastor with a scholarly library in digital form: theological journals and articles, theological books, and old, solid works of Saints past, such as: the Puritans, Jonathan Edwards, John Owen, Spurgeon, and more.
- Most importantly, Treasure Jesus strives to bring the languages of God’s inspired Word to these pastors and leaders. We do this both through training and resources, in paper and digital format. The important resources for doing this is Greek Bibles, Hebrew Bibles; Greek and Hebrew and Aramaic Grammars and workbooks; the Septuagint (the ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament), Strong’s Concordances, Greek and Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicons (BDAG, HALOT), Theological Dictionaries and Lexicons (TDNT, TDOT), and Bible softwares that aid in this endeavor such as BibleWorks and Logos Bible Software.
- In order to provide digital resources to African Pastors and Leaders, we must also provide a medium to provide them on. Laptops, tablets, compact personal computers, and more are donated to us and loaded with the necessary digital resources and sent abroad.
*”Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa”, http://www.pewforum.org/executive-summary-islam-and-christianity-in-sub-saharan-africa.aspx#back