GC² (GC Squared) stands for Great Commandment (Love God, Love People) and Great Commission (Make Disciples). J-Life SA aims to mobilise church leaders across South Africa who are passionate about living out GC² in everyday life and ministry - personally and publically. We mobilize these leaders through GC² Groups and GC² Internships.
We believe that JESUS is our best model for faith, all of life and ministry. We study the narrative of Jesus' earthly life and ministry as recorded in the Gospels, so that we can discern the rhythms of His life and by the power of the Holy Spirit, follow in His ways and teach others to do the same. JESUS ushered in the Kingdom of God in 1st century Palestine and led a disciple-making movement that would multiply into all nations, for all time. Followers of Jesus are those who walk as He walked (1 John 2:6), do as He did, and believe to for even greater works (John 14:12). Followers of Jesus reflect His character (who He is) and priorities (what He did).
JESUS not only taught GC² (GC Squared) - The Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20) and The Great Commandment (Matt 22:37), He modelled what He taught. He loved the Father deeply. He loved humanity deeply. He discipled deeply.
In JESUS life, we see the life of one fully devoted loving God, loving people, and making disciples and bring God's kingdom to earth, as it is in Heaven. JESUS is the best example of One who is fully human, living to fulfill God's Kingdom mandate here on earth. We believe that JESUS is our best model for faith, all of life and ministry.
JESUS life answers the question, "What is disciple-making?". It is the character & priorities of one who follows JESUS in loving God, loving people and making disciples. It is the act of modelling and teaching others to do the same. It is helping individuals move from unbelief to maturity for the sake of God's kingdom come on earth. It is inviting others to follow us as we follow Christ. It is loving God, loving people and making disciples who love God, love people and make disciples. It is reproducing the life of JESUS in others and in society, for God's glory.
The following quote from Dann Spader (SonLife/GYI) sums up why we see the humanity of Jesus as a model for life and ministry:
"In His humanity, Jesus showed us how to live as humans: fully dependent, fully obedient, fully reliant upon the Word of God, Spirit of God and prayer. Jesus was man as God intended man to be; therefore, He is my model for life and ministry. Jesus was sinless while we are sinful. But as we mature, we should sin less.
Jesus did not dip into His deity to live out His humanity. In reverent submission, as a sinless human (the second Adam), He obeyed all the way to the cross. He acknowledged His Father as the source of all that He did.
The resources that were available to Jesus are the resources available to you and me. Through the Word, prayer, the Spirit and fellowship Jesus lived that perfect life. Jesus leaned upon the resources made available to Him by His Father.
We tend to underestimate what God wants to do through us. Over and over Jesus marvelled at their lack of faith. Six times in His last message to His disciples He told them to just ask. Perhaps Proverbs 3:5–6 best sums up my picture of true humanity as modeled by Christ: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding [resources]; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” He is our model for life and ministry!"