Project Forty is a unique wilderness and discipleship ministry birthed out of a personal calling, not derived from any particular church or denomination. Its goal is to disciple students through adventure and meaningful relationships to promote personal growth within their family and local church body. It is not a ministry to replace the local church, but rather to enhance one’s ability to learn and grow under the authority of their parents, pastors, and mentors.
Our mission at Project Forty is to provide effective tools for teens to grab a hold of and apply in their daily lives. We trust that student’s lives will be radically transformed by the power of God and the incredible bonds that are formed through wilderness experiences. Our desire is that each student will surrender their life to Jesus Christ, cultivate a deeply rooted relationship with Him, and truly connect with other participants, leaders, and family members.
We diligently seek the Truth as the Bible defines it (scripture interpreting scripture) and desire for every Project Forty participant to witness the Truth of scripture. We believe that both the Old and the New Testament in their entirety are God inspired, essential for learning to walk righteously and equips us for God’s service (2 Tim 3:16-17). The following are our beliefs concerning God’s Word and our relationship with Him.
- YHWH, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Ex 3:15) is the one true eternal God over all creation (Ps 90:1-4; 1 Tim 1:17).
- God created the universe through His spoken Word, which would be revealed by the Word made flesh, His Son (John 1:1-3; John 1:14).
- God is opposed to sin and evil because He is holy, righteous and just (Lev 19:2; Hab 1:13).
- Sin is the breaking of God’s commandments (Deut 30:15-16; 1 John 3:4).
- All have disregarded and rebelled against God’s commandments and are condemned to everlasting destruction away from the presence of almighty God (Rom 3:23; Rom 6:23;2 Thes 1:7-9).
- God gave His commandments for the purpose of not only helping us clearly recognize and define sin (1 John 3:4), but also to reveal our need for a savior (Ps 14:1-7) and to train us to walk in His righteousness (2 Tim 3:16-17; Matt 19:17).
- God made a way to cleanse us from our sin. A blood sacrifice was required to cover sin, waiting for the finished work of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection (Lev 17:11). When Jesus came in the flesh and was slain, He became the perfect eternal sacrifice who forever takes away sin for those who repent and believe (John 1:29; Rom 10:9-13; Heb 10:9-12).
- If one understands and believes by faith with a truly repentant heart that they are condemned by their own sin (Rom 3:23), and accepts Jesus’ blood over the door posts of their heart (Ex 12:21-23), believing that outside the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus there is no way for salvation; then that person will receive salvation (Mark 1:15; Luke 9:23-24; John 3:16-18).
- It is at this point of conversion that the believer is responsible to accept and submit to Jesus’ teachings by turning from their own ways and following His ways (Luke 9:23; 1 Cor 9:24).
- Jesus is our model to walk out God’s commandments. We believe that the perfect will of the Father is conforming to the image of Jesus (Col 1:9-17).
- We are to remain faithful to the work in which He has called us, which is to “Love the Lord God with all of your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first commandment and the second, like it is this, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Deut 6:4; Lev 19:18; Mark 12:30-31).
- We do this by studying and obeying His Word as the Spirit teaches us in our individual journeys (1 John 2:3-4).
- The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth sent by the Father to testify of Jesus, is a Counselor to teach us all things, and a Helper in walking in God’s righteousness (John 14:26; Rom 6:13).