2015 Gospel Martial Arts Union Strategic Plan & Theme:
One God – One Body – One Spirit
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Ephesians 2: 19-22
Since our founding in 1986, the Gospel Martial Arts Union has grown to include membership from all across the nation… from the eastern shores of New York, throughout the Midwest heartland, to the western shores of California. And as far south as Texas and Florida to as far north as Minnesota and Alaska! Globally, we have GMAU membership and affiliated martial arts schools/ministries/missions in over 30 countries throughout the world… a number of of whom operate covert Christian evangelistic and discipleship ministries (where Christianity is illegal) that we aid through support financially.
Our Lord Jesus Christ has raised us up for this time to fulfill a divine purpose and plan. By God’s grace and blessing, we have become one of the largest conservative Christian martial arts organizations in the world. We have seen thousands of people come to Christ through GMAU affiliated Christians engaged in martial arts outreach, and have witnessed thousands more who have been impacted through GMAU discipleship initiatives.
Because of the growth, diversity, and geographical magnitude of our membership family, we must work diligently, intentionally, and purposefully to strengthen our unity. Therefore, our theme for 2015 is:
One God – One Body – One Spirit
We rejoice in the fact that by God’s divine plan and purpose, the GMAU represents:
- a multitude of martial arts styles & systems of training
- a multitude of denominations (all sharing in our Doctrinal Position)
- a multitude of nationalities, ethnicities, cultures, and colors.
We celebrate the incredible diversity embodied in the GMAU and consider it a gift from Almighty God. Our diversity enriches every stitch and thread that makes up the international tapestry of the GMAU worldwide organization.
The Lord God loves diversity in His creation. He loves the unique created qualities found within each soul He Himself has created for His divine plan, purpose, and glory. Consider for a moment the vast array of color God has manifested in creation of the heavens, the earth, and all that lives and exists upon and beneath the earth. Consider His design of the human eye to perceive color! We, being created in the image of God, also enjoy the diversity of color… the diversity and beauty of all created things.
Hanging on one of the walls within GMAU Headquarters is an antique lithograph of a painting of “notable excellence” by what many consider an old master of the High Renaissance. The artist used an incredible array of color to capture the beauty of God’s creation using oil paints on canvas. Within each vibrant color is a myriad of shades and shadowing to enhance the angle of light that draws the eye and attention to specific aspects within the painting (an intentional design by the artist). It is the rich diversity of different colors masterfully brushed together that gives this painting such beauty.
The Bible says in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His (God’s) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” In Greek, this passage indicates that we, as God’s workmanship, are of notable excellence! We are precious to God and are made in His image. Jesus Christ is our Creator King. He is the Master Designer using the rich diversity of our differences to masterfully brush into existence the GMAU for His glory and purpose. He is our one and only God. We are of one body, diverse in our membership but serving a single purpose—to glorify God through biblical obedience and submission. We are of one spirit—united in the mission, purpose, and divine plan of reaching out in evangelistic and discipleship initiatives through the teaching of the martial arts through the biblical perspective.
Unity out of diversity does not happen naturally… it is a supernatural occurrence brought about by godly men and women working diligently, intentionally, and purposefully through prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit of God.
- The GMAU is deliberate in its acceptance of diversity;
- The GMAU is deliberate in its recognition of diversity;
- The GMAU is deliberate in its embracing of diversity.
We, who are many, serve as one body guided and directed by One God and One Spirit.
2015 GMAU ACTION STEPS
The GMAU exists to serve the body of Christ through our martial arts practice by presenting the clear Gospel message and by equipping instructors with proper Biblical teaching so they can help their students grow in the faith. To accomplish that vision, our mission is fourfold:
- to be a faithful witness for Christ and His Word in the martial arts community,
- to provide a venue in which Christian martial arts can develop technical expertise free from false and immoral teachings and practices,
- to foster scholarship that develops and articulates a Biblical world view and a Biblical philosophy of the martial arts, and
- to help Christian martial artists develop and maintain Christian character while practicing martial arts and in every other aspect of their lives.