But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33

Our Beliefs

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HIS SOVEREIGNTY

+ There is one God of three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20).

+ Jesus as the only Way, Truth and Life (John 14:6).

+ The Bible as the Only Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and that we should therefore be devoted to His word.

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SALVATION

+ Repentance and Baptism are necessary for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).

+ Salvation is by grace through faith,
not by works (Ephesians 2:8)

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RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

+ Jesus must be the Lord of our time, money and relationships (Luke 14:25-33)

+ We are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:28-30)

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OUR DUTY

We are to love our neighbour as ourselves
(Mark 12:28-31, 1 Peter 1:22)
Inclusive of but not limited to:
- Devoting ourselves to one another relationships
(Romans 12:10)
- Helping each other to mature in Christ and to become
like Christ (Colossians 1:28)
- Loving the poor (Matthew 25:31-46)
- Seeking and saving the lost (Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Peter 3:9)

Our Mission

“WE GATHER HERE TO KNOW GOD AND MAKE GOD KNOWN”

Our History

1990

April 1, 1990, marked the first official service of what would eventually become the GKDI church in Indonesia. God had seen fit to call a dozen Indonesians and Malaysians to leave their comfortable lives in Singapore and the USA and plant a church in Jakarta. Even though they held their first sermon in a make-shift shophouse living room, it wasn’t long before they had to rent a bigger space!

1992

As the numbers grew, so did the needs – in early ’92, John & Karen Louis moved from Singapore to help the church. The group grew to 280 in a year, at which time the Archipelago Evangelization Plan was introduced (Operasi Penginjilan Nusantara aka OPN): sending mission teams to the most populated cities on Indonesia’s 13,000 islands. The first planting was sent to Surabaya in October ’92

1994-1995

The church planting is followed by the first mission outside of Java which is Medan (April ’94) and then the first mission team in Sulawesi Island, Manado (May ’95).

1996

The mission church of Surabaya send the Bali mission team. God was moving in the world’s fourth most populated country!

 

Many Indonesian brothers and sisters were called into the full time ministry in those days, and by mid ’96, the Spirit had made it clear that Harliem and Vania Salim, based in Jakarta, should take over the leadership of the Indonesia churches. The Louis family moved to Sydney to strengthen churches in Australia for two years, then returned to Singapore to continue their work in what had by that time become the Southeast Asia (SEA) Region family of churches. The Salims and their local leadership team had their own vision for OPN and the churches multiplied rapidly under their leadership.

1999

The only foreigner on the original team was Peter Smith from the US. He had such a heart for Indonesia that he married one of the sister, and because of his connections at work, he was able to help the church get officially registered in 1999. This enabled the church to stand independently as a legal institution approved by the government and to adopt the official name of Gereja Kristus Di Indonesia (GKDI). Peter and Lita are back in Wisconsin, but their impact is still felt today. Truly God moves in mysterious ways!

2000

By the grace of God, OPN has been incredibly successful. We have sent mission teams to every major island in Indonesia. Since 2000, Many families have come to know Christ, and the youth and singles ministry has really multiplied in the last decade.

2015

In just over 20 years, God has used the Indonesian disciples to plant churches in the 33 key cities of Indonesia, with a goal of sending 20 mission teams into the more remote areas of Nusantara over the next eight years. As of 2015, Harliem and Vania Salim handed the leadership of the Jakarta Church to Budi and Listiana Hartono so that they could focus on training the ministry leaders outside of Jakarta, as well as take over the leadership of the Southeast Asia (SEA) Region family of churches from the Louises.

 

Now there are more than 5000 adult members in our congregation. Many young people are training in the full time ministry, and many families are united in Christ. Please continue to pray for God to be glorified in Indonesia.