We are love
Loving our neighbors from the nations
Our mission is to reach the nations with the love of Christ.
Our vision is that a growing number of disciples will be
found among all the nations represented in Chattanooga.
We are a family of Believers who are aware of the Love that has been poured out upon us and desire to share that same love with the nations among us (Luke 7:47). We realize we are in no way superior to the population we serve and are committed to servant leadership, following Christ's example to serve rather than be served (John 13:1-17). We take the great commission personally (Matthew 28:19) and accept the call to be a laborer in God’s field (Luke 10:2). We are founded on and committed to prayer. Our founder and leader is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11), and we consider it an honor to be part of His work. We desire to love like Christ and be known by the way we love (John 13:35). We value the image of God in each individual equally regardless of color, race, religion, culture, class, sex or age and share in Christ's concern for justice and reconciliation (Psalm 82:3-4). We highly value relationships and strive to display the character of Christ within the context of relationships entrusted to us. We acknowledge the existence of spiritual warfare and the need to equip ourselves with God's armor to fight this battle with spiritual weapons of truth and prayer. We acknowledge the need for watchfulness and discernment (Ephesians 6:10-18). We strive to promote unity and recognize the Church is the community of God's people rather than an institution. We acknowledge The Church must not be identified with any particular culture, social or political system or human ideology, but rather our identity is one in Christ (Ephesians 2:11-22). The Bible, prayer, and the life of Jesus Christ are the guides we use and will use moving forward as we strive to follow the great commandment to love God by loving our international neighbors (Matthew 22:35-40).
Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.
- Luke 7:47
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?" Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand." Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no share with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you." For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, "Not all of you are clean."
When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, "Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
- John 13:1-17
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
- Matthew 28:19
And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
- Luke 10:2
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 3:11
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
- John 13:35
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
- Psalm 82:3-4
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints...
- Ephesians 6:10-18
Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called "the uncircumcision" by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
- Ephesians 2:11-22
And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."
- Matthew 22:35-40
Neigh'tions highly values unity. Do your beliefs line up with ours?
- We believe Jesus is the only begotten son of God, The Way, The Truth and The Life. We believe He was fully God and fully man. He perfectly fulfilled the law and suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, rose again the third day and ascended to His father, at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people. Salvation is a gift we receive through Christ by grace through faith alone. No one can come to the Father except through Jesus. Therefore, there is only one way to heaven and all other paths lead to destruction.
- We believe we can plant and water, but only God can make things grow. Only God can draw men to himself, therefore we do not believe we hold the power to change hearts or save souls.
- We believe in both the Old and New Testament scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God without error as originally given and in all that it affirms. We believe these scriptures to be true and of divine inspiration, complete and sufficient revelation of His will for salvation and conduct.
- We reject every kind of belief system that implies Christ speaks equally through all religions and ideologies.
- We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit and the existence of spiritual gifts.
- We believe there is a cost of discipleship and acknowledge Jesus calls all who would follow him to deny themselves, take up their cross, and identify themselves with Him.
Ways We Serve
Neigh’tions is founded on prayer. It is the single most important thing we do, and it is the single thing every other service we offer flows from. We would love for you to join our prayer team. Prayer meetings are held regulary. As we are working toward developing prayer partnerships, we would also love to meet you where you are by visiting your Christ-centered class or small group and share more about how you can pray for us and your international neighbors.
Our English curriculum was designed to not only teach English but encourage students to begin to discover their own uniqueness and have the vocabulary to tell their personal stories. Our classes are interactive and provide opportunities for teachers and students to build relationships. While parents are in class, we provide childcare for children. Join our teaching team or build relationships with the next generation by helping with childcare.
Mentor a Family
Families arriving to our city are in need of help acclimating to life in America. Things that come natural to most of us become challenges to those from less developed parts of the world. Becoming a mentor opens a door to share the love of Christ and develop lasting friendships. Needs are unique to each family we serve, but some common needs in this category may be teaching how to cook an American meal, helping a child with homework, helping an adult study for a driving exam, explaining bill payment or how to count change, and experiencing life in general in Chattanooga outside of the apartment in which they live.
Have a gift or talent you want to share that’s not listed? Contact us to see how we can work together to share your giftedness. With our mission to reach the Nations with the love of Christ, the ways in which this can be accomplished are endless. Neigh’tions leadership team continually meets and evaluates the needs within the community and works toward ways these needs can be meet through our ministry. If you are a Christ-follower and you have a love for the Nations, there is a place for you in our serving family.
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Thank you for your willingness to be used in taking Christ to the Nations!