Statement of Belief
THE HOLY BIBLE
The 66 books of the Bible are the inspired and inherent Word of God. (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
ONE TRIUNE GOD
The one true God exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (the Trinity), and is the Creator of all things. (Psalms 104:5-26; Colossians 1:16-17)
Jesus is the incarnate Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man. We believe that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and offered Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for sin. (John 1:1-18; Colossians 1:15-23; Galatians 4:4; Luke 2:40,52; 1 John 2:2)
Satan was originally the great and good angel Lucifer, but he rebelled against God, taking with him a multitude of angels. He was cast out of God’s presence and is at work with his demonic hosts to establish his counter kingdom of darkness, evil, and unrest on earth. Ultimately, he will be cast into the lake of fire and sulfur, where he will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Isaiah 14:10-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Revelation 12:7-9, Revelation 20:7-10)
Man is a created being, made in the image and likeness of God, who formed the first man, Adam, from the dust of the ground, then took one of Adam’s ribs to form the first woman Eve. Through their transgression, fellowship with God was broken, and sin and death came into the world. God knew man would rebel against Him and established His plan of redemption — Christ’s life, death, and resurrection — before the foundation of the world. (Psalms 51:5; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Revelation 13:8)
Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ Jesus alone. No one is saved through his own works or obedience to the law; and no one can come to faith in Christ unless the Father draws him. Though we are not saved by good works, we are created to do them. The Holy Spirit works in those who are saved both to will and to work for God’s good pleasure. (John 6:44; Acts 16:30-31; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7)
THE DOCTRINE OF SANCTIFICATION
As believers read the Holy Bible and yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit, they are made holy and are conformed to the image and likeness of God as a definite yet progressive work of grace. (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 1:30)
Our goal as a ministry is to treat our Lulu family as protectively as we would our own children.
Would I put my own family’s financial needs out on display for the world to see?
No. I would pray about them and trust the Lord to meet them.
Would I rejoice publicly over how the Lord provides for my family?
Yes. Without a doubt.
Would I celebrate my children’s successes publicly?
Yes, with discretion and taste and without bragging.
Would I invite strangers to come to my house and hang out with my children, even if I was nearby, just because these strangers profess a love for Jesus?
Would I invite people who are giving to us financially to come and meet my family?
Yes, if I’d known them long enough to have a strong sense of their character and heart, but I still wouldn’t leave them alone with my children.
Would I send a form letter to someone who discontinued financial support of my family?
No. Form letters are impersonal and unloving. I would trust the motives and respect the private reasons a donor discontinued support.
Would I send a personal letter, instead, thanking them for their generosity, praying blessing on their life, and asking if they’d like to continue receiving updates about my family?
Yes. This shows we care more about the person than about their money.
Would I put personal financial information about our bills and needs on a website for all to see?
Would I invite complete strangers to join my family through a website?
Would I invite complete strangers to pray for us?
Would I tell people about an initiative my family was making to help others, and invite them to share with others? (ie. mama kits, educating teen mamas, etc. through the Lulu Shop profits)
Would I invite complete strangers to write to my children or send gifts to them?
No. My children are vulnerable and impressionable, and part of my job is to protect their minds, hearts, and bodies from potentially harmful influences.
Would I declare to the world through social media or my website the mistakes my children have made or their weaknesses/failures?
Would I invite others to tell the world about our family and offer incentives for them to do so?
No. It would feel like I was selling my children.
(for our western volunteers only, including the founder/president)
In working for The Lulu Tree, I understand that radical generosity is about giving of my time, my prayers, and my resources on behalf of the poor. Based on Lulu’s conviction to serve others out of radical generosity, I will freely share the gifts God has given me relying fully on the free gift of grace that Jesus gave us.
- I understand that any trips I take on behalf of Lulu will be paid for using my own resources, so that as much of Lulu’s funding as possible can go towards relieving the burdens of the poor.
- I refuse to accept any payment for the work I do for Lulu, as I want my actions to be motivated purely by love.
- If for any reason I am unable to continue to work for Lulu based on my need to get a paying job, this will be completely understood and received with grace.
- The hours, resources, and prayers I contribute to Lulu are based solely on what the Lord has told me to give, and this will be received gratefully and graciously by others.
- I will abide, to the best of my abilities, at peace with everyone.
- I will lean on the rest of the western Lulu family for personal gifts of prayer and resources in times of need, similar to the Church of Acts in Acts 4:32.
- I will count it a privilege to serve on behalf of the poor and will do my utmost not to be a burden to them but rather, to lay down my life for them.
- I will strive for singleness of heart and action in identifying with the poor and with the mission God has given The Lulu Tree.
- If I am unable to support an aspect of The Lulu Tree I will express myself in private with humility and respect to the Lulu Tree founder, and then, if I still am unable to support the road The Lulu Tree is taking, I will remove myself quietly and with decorum.