Telugu Church of America began in 2003 in Edison, New Jersey. Our mission is to serve and to reach others who do not know Jesus Christ as their Savior. At the same time, we seek to teach, encourage, and support those who have already accepted Christ as their Lord. It is our goal to reach out to the Telugu and Indian Hindu-based community by helping and ministering to those in need. At all times we strive to represent Christ to those around us.
“Therefore go 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
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” –John 3:16
Why do we exist?
To receive God’s love and to give His love away.
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 foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ (Matthew 22:37-39).
We love, because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
To see God’s Kingdom be established in our community and beyond.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).
Showing reverence, love, and respect toward God
Ex 20:20; Josh 4:24; Ps 2:11; Ps 24:1; Ecc 8:12; Jer 10:6-7; Mt 22:37; Heb 12:28
Christians must always have the highest view of God. Their worship must be centered on Him, on knowing Him, and loving Him with all their heart. They must exalt the glory of God the Almighty Who created the universe, which includes every single person. Because God is so great, so infinite in wisdom, love, righteousness, power, glory, and holiness, all people should draw near to Him.
Thirsting to know God through His Word
Ps 42:1-4; Ps 63:1; Is 55:1; Jn 4:14-15; Js 4:8; Rev 21:6
God has given mankind His Word (the Bible). Christians must always have the highest view of it and be burning with desire to read it as a way to know Him better. They should thirst for His presence in their lives, as well as thirst for His Word, in truth, seeking Him and looking for a deeper understanding of His will as revealed in the Bible.
Esteeming and submitting to God’s commands
Ps 1:2; Ps 19:7-11; Ps 37:31; Pr 28:7; Lk 16:17; Jn 14:15
Christians who value God’s Word must submit to the authority of His commands in their daily lives. They recognize His Word is perfect, eternal, restoring the soul, and reveals the glory and righteousness of God. The light of His law enables them to discern good from evil, showing what God expects of them, and it becomes a blessing to those who pursue righteousness.
Recognizing all are sinners
Ex 20:1-17; 1 Ki 8:46; Ps 14:1-3; Ecc 7:20; Rm 3:9-18,23; 1 Jn 1:8,10; 1 Jn 3:4
Christians recognize that everyone is a sinner, having violated God’s commands ( The Ten Commandments). Therefore, all rightly deserve God’s wrath, and will have to face His righteous judgment. All must realize they have a sinful nature that constantly offends God by their sins and that they are guilty in their thoughts, words, and deeds. Their conscience reminds them of this sad reality (they are sinners) and they must not ignore this, but repent before God and ask for mercy.
Recognizing Christ as the Son of God, as the Savior and Lord
Ps 2:7; Ps 89:26-27; Is 53; Jn 3:16; Acts 13:39; Rm 1:3-4; Rm 8:1-3; Gal 4:4-5
In acknowledging their sin, Christians recognize Christ is the Messiah announced in the Old Testament, the Son of God, God Himself, coming in the flesh as the perfect, sacrificial atonement for sin. They understand there is no way to fulfill God’s perfect justice except in Jesus Christ, Who paid the price for their sin. By faith they believe He triumphed over death by His resurrection on the third day after His sacrificial death. Out of gratitude for what Christ did, Christians submit their lives to Him.
Becoming conformed to Christ
Rm 8:29; Rm 12:1-2; Gal 5:16-25; Eph 4:22-24; Php 1:9-11; 1 Jn 3:2
God conforms Christians to the likeness of His Son, Jesus, and as they renew their minds they are transformed. Bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit in their daily lives must be their humble desire. This fruit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control. They must also give testimony of the ministry of Christ by loving even their enemies (like Christ loved sinners when they rejected Him), by being servants of others (like He came to serve and give His life), by being humble (like the Son of God who was born in a manger), and by being merciful and compassionate (like Christ is compassionate toward sinners).
Of course, Christians have times of trial and weakness in their lives, and times of not measuring up to such a high standard. But in seeking God sincerely, confessing sins, repenting in tears and looking to Christ, He will restore them and give them strength and maturity in faith.