South Korea

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Did you know that the South Korean peninsula is approximately the same size as the state of Indiana?  However, the population of Indiana is 6 million people while the population of South Korea is 48 million.  Did you know that of the population of South Korea 46% claims that there is no God?  These statistics are startling and show the need for the gospel in South Korea.

It is to this country that God has clearly called our family.  I was raised in South Korea.  My parents were missionaries there till I was ten years old.  In 1980 my parents came home for furlough.  Unfortunately, my father left my mother.Shortly after my dad left, I accepted Christ as my personal savior.  When I was 16 the Lord called me to Korea, but I did not want to follow my dadís footsteps.  I finally turned my life over to the Lord to follow His leading in 2001.

We are currently on deputation sent out from Calvary Baptist Church of Jefferson, WI.  We are sent through Baptist World Mission out of Decatur, AL. Today I am very thankful for Godís call on our lives to go back to Korea and serve Him in a church planting ministry.  We are eagerly anticipating our return to Korea to begin reaching Koreans with the gospel.

Thank for taking the time to read through this material.  Our family would count it a great privilege to present our ministry at your church.  We are excited about the opportunities the Lord has for us in Korea.  Our primary goal is to plant churches along the eastern coast.  However, the Lord has opened the door for us to go to language in Seoul while working with Pastor Jun Seung Lee, a national pastor.  Pastor Lee desires to help me acquire the language to the extent that I can preach in Korean.  As you can imagine, this would be a great help to our language study.  Also, while working with Pastor Lee, we will have opportunity to start English speaking ministries to Korean people who live in the area.  We are seeking churches that will come behind us in prayer and finances in order to help bring lost Koreans into the fold of the family of God.  We would ask that you consider allowing us to come and share our burden. 

We trust that you will enjoy learning about our family and ministry.  As you browse the provided material we pray that you will catch our heart beat for Korea.  Please feel free to contact me by phone at 920-650-0302 or by email at dkowach@baptistworldmission.org.  Please check out our calendar and contact me as soon as possible if you would like to schedule a meeting or mission conference.

Bearing the Precious Seed,

Rev. Dan Kowach

Baptist World Mission

South Korea
Doctrine:

Bible - I believe the Bible is the written revelation of God given to man consisting of 66 canonical books, 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books. These truths were revealed by the verbal and plenary inspiration of God to Holy men who penned these truths without error. These Words of God are the complete and infallible authority to man for all matters of faith and practice. All the Wordís of God can be understood by the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit and are sufficient to the salvation of souls and spiritual growth by the believer. (Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 8:3; Exodus 4:15; Psalm 12:6-7; Psalm 119:89; Psalm 119:105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 4:4; Matthew 5:17-18; Matthew 24:35; Luke 16:17; Luke 21:33; John 20:31; Hebrews 6:18; I Corinthians 2:13; II Timothy 2:15; II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 2:2; II Peter 1:19-21; I John 4:6; Revelation 22:18-19)

God
- I believe there is only one true God who eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each is worthy of equal praise, unified in purpose and are the same in essence and attributes. (Gen. 1:1, Matthew 28:19, Eph. 4:6, John 1:1-3)

God the Father
- I believe that God the Father exists in perfect holiness.  He is the originator of creation and sovereign of the universe.  He is limitless in power and wisdom.  He is merciful in His dealings with man in that He saves from sin and death anyone who comes to Him by faith in Jesus Christ and that He hears and answers the prayers of His children.  (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 62:5; 145:17; Ephesians 4:6; I John 3:20; Matthew 19:26; Acts 17:24-28; Romans 11:33; Job 42:2; Jeremiah 32:17)

Christ - I believe that Jesus Christ is second person of the trinity who exists eternally and is equal in essence and power with God the father and God the Holy Spirit. I believe Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life that He gave sacrificially to pay the penalty of sin, was buried and rose again on the third day thereby sealing the pardon for sin. (Isaiah 53:10-11, Matt 1:18-25, Mark 16:1-6, Luke 1:26-27, Eph. 1:7, Rom. 3:22-25)

Holy Spirit - I believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity. The Holy Spirit is co-equal in essence and power and is co-eternal with God the Father and the Son. I believe the Holy Spirit was active in creation, in the empowering of the Old Testament saints for special ministry, and the inspiration of Godís Word. The Holy Spirit came upon the Virgin Mary when she conceived Jesus Christ. At Jesus Baptism the Holy Spirit came upon Christ, led Him to be tempted in the wilderness, empowered the miracles of Christ and was active in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today the Holy Spirit is active in the world to convict men of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is active in regenerating the sinner and indwells the new believer upon salvation. He seals the new believer till the day of redemption. He indwells the believer for the purpose of teaching, guiding and comforting. As believers we are commanded to yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in order to live a victorious life for Godís glory. (Exodus 31:3; I Samuel 10:10; 16:14; Psalm 51:11; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28; John 16:7-11, 13; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18; Titus 3:5)

Man - I believe that man was created by God out of the dust of the earth, in His own image on the sixth day of creation. Man was created for the purpose of bring Glory to God and is the crowning glory of creation. Man, being created in the image of God, possesses intellect, emotion, will, and is self-conscious therefore being capable of fellowship with His creator and other men. Adam, the first man was created in a state of innocence but sinned against God when he chose to disobey the command of God. The result of Adamís disobedience is that both physical and spiritual deaths were brought upon Adam, and the entire human race was placed under the curse of sin. Therefore, all men are born with a sin nature having a propensity for sin rather than obedience to God. The result of the sin nature is that all men are justly condemned in their own sin, out of fellowship with their Creator and due to pay the penalty of sin, forever separated from God. Man is absolutely responsible for his own sin and condemnation. (Genesis 1:26-27, 31, 2: 7, 17, 3:6-9, 14-19; John 3:18; Romans 3:10; 5:12; 6:23; I Thessalonians 5:22; Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 20:14-15)

Sin
- I believe that sin is an act of disobedience against a Holy God and His law. Sin is falling short of the holy standard set by a perfect and Holy God. I believe that all men, universally, are sinners by nature and subject to pay the penalty for their sin. I believe that sin began when Lucifer, or Satan, vowed that he would be equal with God. After Satanís prideful proclamation he came to the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve both gave into temptation and transgressed the command of God not to eat of the tree. The result of sin is that all men face the consequences of physical and spiritual death that consummates in the just penalty for sin in the lake of fire. The only escape for the penalty of sin is salvation through Christ based on the power of His shed blood. (Genesis 3:1-6; Jeremiah 17:9; Ezekiel 28:14-18; Proverbs 6:32; 24:9; Acts 5:4; Romans 1: 18, 23-28; 3:23; 4:15; 5:12-19; 7:18-19; Hebrews 4:6; I James 4:17; John 3:4; Revelation 20:12-15)

Salvation
- I believe that salvation is a work of God who, in love, brings sin cursed man from a position of eternal condemnation in hell to eternal life with God in Heaven. Salvation is by grace - a gift of God offered to all men who, upon conviction of their sin by the Holy Spirit, accepts by faith the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as payment for their own sin. Man can in no way earn salvation or have salvation merited to them. The person who accepts Christ as savior is instantaneously saved from the condemnation of sin, is being saved from the dominion of sin, and will be saved from the presence of sin when he enters heaven. Once a person has accepted Christ as their Savior, that individual is saved from eternal damnation and is secure for all eternity by the power of God. (John 3:16-18, 36; 10:28; Romans 5:8; 6:23; 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; I Timothy 2:4)

Angels
- I believe God created a host of immortal spirit beings called angels. These angels were created with superhuman strength, intelligence, and power. The primary purpose for their creation is to bring glory to God and to minister to the saints. Lucifer, the highest of all angels, was created perfect and beautiful, as all angels. Through pride Lucifer, now called Satan, tried to overthrow God allowing sin to enter the universe. When Satan rebelled against God he took a host of angels with him. The result is two different classes of angels. Those angels that did not fall are confirmed in holiness and do the work of God. The fallen angels (demons) were cast from heaven with Satan and do the bidding of Satan as he works to hinder the temporal and eternal welfare of man. Ultimately Satan and his demons will be condemned for all eternity in the lake of fire. (Psalm 103:21-21; 148:2-5; Isaiah 14:12-17 Ezekiel 28:14-16; Ephesians 6:11-12; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:14; 2:7-9; II Peter 2:4; Jude 6)

Church
- I believe the Church is a local assembly of believers immersed upon their confession of faith in Christ covenanted together for the purpose of worship, edification, observance of the ordinances (Baptism and the Lordís table), separated by the Holy Spirit of God for the proclamation of the gospel both at home and abroad, autonomous in government with only two offices filled by a pastor and deacons. I believe in the primacy of the local Church as the visible Church of God which is Godís primary means of evangelizing the lost. (Acts 2:37-47,Acts 4:32,I Tim. 3:1-12, Acts 6:1-7, Matt. 28:19-20, Matt. 26:20-29, I Cor. 11:23-26, Eph. 3:1-6, ICor.12:12-13, Acts 20:17-28, Col. 1:18, Heb.10:24-25)

Eschatology - I believe the rapture of saints, both living and those who died, is the next event to take place in Godís prophetic plan. I believe the rapture is imminent, pretribulational, and premillennial and is followed by a 7 year tribulation during which time the wrath of God is poured out upon the earth, and Satan will deceive many. At the end of the tribulation period Christ will return to the earth with a great army and defeat the armies of the earth. Following his victory Christ will establish His millennial Kingdom and reign for 1000 years. Following the millennium the unsaved will be found guilty and condemned in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels. The saints will then live for all eternity in the new heaven and new earth forever with the Lord. (Matthew 24:15-31; I Corinthians 3:13-15; I Corinthians 15:51-52; II Corinthians 5:10; Ephesians 5:27; I Thessalonians 4:13-15; Titus 2:13; Revelation 7:1-8; 16:16-21; 19:7-19; 20:1-15; Revelation 21 and 22)

Practical Theology:
  • As believers we are to live lives wholly separated to the honor and glory of the Lord. I believe the church as an organization ought to have a good working relationship within a community. However, I believe it is wrong for the church or individual believer to partner with the unbeliever whether privately or corporately. Therefore, I stand in opposition to the New Evangelicalism which has compromised the fundamentals of the faith. When it comes to the Fundamentals of the faith there is no compromise. We are to ďcontend for the faithĒ. I further stand in complete opposition to liberalism, Neo-orthodoxy, Ecumenism, and the Charismatic movement. (Romans 16:17-19; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; Ephesians 5:11; Jude 3)

  • I am opposed to the consumption of alcoholic beverages in all forms, even in moderation. (Proverbs 20:1; 23:29-35; John 15:19; Ephesians 5:8; I Timothy 3:3)

  • I stand in opposition to all forms of rock music and Christian Contemporary music. I believe that music has both moral and spiritual value and therefore ought to promote Godliness. Rock and Christian Contemporary music promotes the individual, is sensual and promotes sin. The discord and rock beat that usually pervades CCM has an adverse affect on the natural rhythms of the body and is a negative influence on the emotions. (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16)

  • I am opposed to the position that states that a believer must look like the world in order to win the world. As believers we are to live holy, separated lives that honor and glorify the savior. Modesty in our dress and abstinence from all appearances of evil are essential for a Godly testimony in a sin darkened world. (II Corinthians 6:17-7:1; I Thessalonians 5:22)

  • I am opposed to divorce and remarriage. (Romans 7:1-2; I Corinthians 6:17)

  • I believe that God oversaw the translation of His word from the original languages and that the Masoretic text for the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus for the New Testament are substantially the equivalent to the original texts.  I believe the King James version accurately reflects theses traditional texts and is the best translation for preaching, teaching, and memorization.  I reject the use of paraphrases as a translation since they are in actuality only commentaries of what man thinks the Bible says.  (Psalm 119:104-105; 138:2; Mark 13:31; John 16:12-14; Revelation 22:18-19)
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