Bringing Those Separated From God To A Reconciled Relationship With Him Through The Gospel Of Jesus Christ
We purpose to introduce teenage girls to their Lord and Savior by preaching the Gospel boldly, with accuracy, and with urgency. We will actively pursue relationships with non-Christians and invite them to our meetings with the goal of sharing the Good News and seeing people reconciled to God. We recognize that an understanding of the Gospel leads to repentance, to holiness, and to a life that conforms to the image of Jesus Christ. Driven by our desire to witness the Gospel’s transformative work in the lives of every person on our campus, we will use DOLLS as a platform to proudly preach His truth.
We pray that the Good News of Jesus Christ will be recognized as the central motivation for all we do. We are stirred-to-action by the fact that God, Himself, became a human and lived a life free of sin, and that when He died on the cross He took our sins upon Himself and willingly received the wrath that was meant for us. Because He is all powerful, Death and the grave could not hold Jesus down. His resurrection served as proof that the debt of our sin had been PAID-IN-FULL, and He returned to heaven where He now sits at the right hand of God. Although we continue to be sinners, each time we commit an offense against God, Jesus’ presence reminds Him that justice for that sin has been served. Now, instead of seeing our transgressions when He looks upon us, God instead sees the righteousness of Jesus. In effect, we are able to have a relationship with our Creator that is so deep we are no longer just His creation, we are His children.
With this in mind, how can we NOT want to spend every moment of our life doing the things that show our endless gratitude for what He has done on our behalf? In our meetings, we will bear witness to the wonderful truth that God is reconciling all things to Himself through Jesus. We will point confidently to the righteous life of Jesus Christ, the wrath-absorbing sacrifice He endured for us on the cross, and His death-defying resurrection. We will be teachers of the Good News, witnessing to our peers, educators, and administrators.
Modeling Lives Motivated by the Gospel as We Live Obediently to Jesus as Lord
We strive to see teens walk in step with the Gospel and live in union with Christ (Co. 2:6-7). Many teens struggle to understand how a person their age is to live out their faith as a young disciple. What does that look like? How does one act? They may see the older women at church modeling for them how to be wives and mothers, which will certainly be a helpful example to them, but of equal necessity, they need to see someone their own age modeling how to live their faith NOW as a teenager.
In Luke 9:23, Jesus says that “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” We seek to live such that our peers will observe our actions and know how to fulfill what Jesus described in this verse. First, we will deny ourselves by prioritizing God’s will over our own wants and needs. This may mean we trade much of the typical teenage experience and invest that time into things of God instead. May it be noted that we count it as our greatest privilege to do so. We believe that just as Jesus was willing to put down his throne of glory and become flesh on our behalf, we should be equally willing to put down our treasures the same way. Second, we will take up our cross by being prepared to lay down our reputations, our popularity, or even our lives for the sake of the Gospel. May our hearts be filled with such gratitude and appreciation for what Jesus did for us on the cross, that we will be stirred to sacrificial obedience on His behalf. The Gospel compels us to carry ourselves with excellence, perseverance, integrity, and in a manner that is above reproach. We will be intent to live a life that seeks holiness, not for the sake of our own self-righteousness, but as an act of worship towards our Sovereign, as we seek to influence our peers to do the same.
Preparing Young Believers To Be Leaders For The Purpose Of The Gospel
In an effort to do our part to transform our culture from the inside out, we are committed to equipping young leaders for a Kingdom impact. DOLLS will be a tool used by God to equip His people for service, so the body of Christ may be built up (Eph. 4:12). DOLLS will be a training ground where young women are mentored in the art of Christian leadership. Our organization will be recognized as a leadership factory—cranking out sharp, powerful, skilled, young women-of-influence. As our young leaders gain experience serving God through ministry, they are developing a life-long passion for evangelism. We are committed to leadership development that emphasizes obedience, excellence, creativity, and self-sacrifice. We invest in the lives of young women to turn out godly, mature, sober-minded adults who can self-assuredly carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Girls who have served with our ministry leave walking closer to Christ, inspired to embrace His call on their life, and confident in themselves to take their service to the next level. As a result, we have watched hundreds of girls move miles ahead of their peers in personal maturity, responsibility, and professionalism, for the glory of the Lord.
We will be a ministry known for preaching the Gospel with boldness, accuracy, and urgency!
More than anything, we want DOLLS girls to experience the Gospel.
We will preach the Word in season and out of season (2 Tim. 4:2); when people are comfortable hearing it and even when they are offended to hear it. We refuse to be known as a ministry for “itching ears” but instead will be known for preaching sound doctrine. We will not be intimidated into presenting a watered-down version of the Gospel. We will stand unashamed of our God and declare Jesus as the only means of salvation.
Our understanding of Truth will stem only from the words of scripture. We commit to remaining in such submission to the Word of God that where our mind, will, and emotion differ from God’s Word, we will resolve that the Word has it right and our understanding is wrong. We will live in holy fear of James 3:1, practicing caution with every word that we speak during our meetings so as not to bear witness to a false gospel. While we will celebrate large membership, our goal is not to be the biggest Christian organization on campus. Rather, we desire to be known as one that accurately declares Truth, resulting in a thriving fellowship of true disciples.
Our desire is that none should perish, and that the forgiveness we received through Christ is conveyed to the souls of our girls on campus. We will be vigilant to use every moment with our membership to preach God’s word and be focused on helping members know God rightly. We will not haphazardly waste time preaching lessons over anything of lesser importance than the fall and subsequent redemption of man through Jesus Christ. Likewise, we will experience a righteous frustration when we don’t see conversions. Our belief in the imminent Second Coming and the reality that no one is promised tomorrow will motivate us towards urgency in proclaiming salvation through Christ.