Jubilee is a Christian church centred on the Bible and working out our faith in the context of community. We meet together on Sundays and in small mid-week meetings in homes around the city. Our desire is to strengthen both individuals and Cape Town as a whole and to build reconciliation, especially where we have, in the past, been divided. We aim to create the context for relationships across age, race and socio-economic boundaries. For more, see our What We Believe page.
To Renew the City of Cape Town
Our aspiration flows from our identity: we long to see our beloved City experience renewal. This renewal, flowing out of the Jubilee Mandate, runs down many avenues:
A relationship with Jesus Christ produces renewal in our thinking, feeling and choosing. The Gospel affects how we think (about life, ourselves, and our city), it affects how we feel (what we love and pursue), and it shapes the choices we make (our lifestyles and decisions).
The Gospel empowers us, through lifestyles of simplicity and service, to reflect Christ to others. We also recognize that it was God’s purpose to create a new community in Christ (Eph. 2:11-22), and so we celebrate and pursue the ideal of a diverse community formed through the Gospel.
We’re called to live beyond Sunday gatherings and midweek Bible studies; we don’t just want to attend church but we want to be the church, and therefore we seek to take responsibility for the condition of our neighbourhoods. Through this, we hope to see entire neighbourhoods and suburbs experience renewal.
The Gospel renews how we work through integrating our faith with all that we do. Our vocation is one of the primary avenues through which we can pursue the common good of the City, and so we proactively integrate our faith with our work—connecting our daily work to God’s constant work of caring for the City.
Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Cape Town will only experience this pervasive renewal through a movement of the gospel, our spiritual dynamic and the shaping factor of all that we do. The gospel is the way that anything is renewed and transformed—whether a heart, a relationship, a church, or a city. It is the key to all doctrine and to how we view our lives in this world. Therefore, the gospel is uniquely powerful to renew our hearts and approach to absolutely everything. As we personally embrace Jesus, we will then be able to share His life-transforming grace with our City and world.
Jubilee Community Church isn’t simply on its own mission but is joyfully in partnership with other like-minded churches and leaders to advance the gospel and the cause of Christ to the ends of the earth. Our two main partnerships we are with Advance and Newfrontiers.
Advance is a movement of churches partnering together to advance the Gospel through planting and strengthening churches.
Newfrontiers is a worldwide family of churches commuted to working together to establish the Kingdom of God by restoring the church, making disciples, training leaders and planting churches.
Stephen van Rhyn is a part of both the Advance and Newfrontiers leadership teams.