About

Our Story

In 2003 God birthed in a few men to start a service in Aiea. Young and inexperienced the service grew to about 50 people in 6 months, but eventually was shut down.

For the next 8 years this vision to reach Aiea only grew in these men. In January of 2011 members from the original team more mature and experienced again birthed the idea of reaching this community.

January 2012 these men began to meet laying aside personal agendas so that the Gospel might be made famous in Aiea. Victory Aiea was born.

Victory Aiea is was sent out by Grace City Church as some of the leadership core attended and pastored as a part of the team at Grace City Church.

Jesus has done a huge work in our lives. Our response to Jesus is a deep desire to see others know Him also. We live in a culture looking for hope. I don’t think anyone can argue with the fact that this is a broken world. From natural disasters to horrific crimes we see in the news on a daily basis people are looking for hope. Our goal is to point people to a hope not anchored in an uncertain future, but rather in a proven past. Our hope is in Jesus. His miraculous birth, sinless life, humiliating death and glorious resurrection is where our hope is. The Gospel promises that one day if we believe in Him and repent of our sins we will experience an eternity with no pain or suffering. We will spend the rest of our lives proclaiming this message. This is why we are starting this church.

Actual services will not begin until September of 2012. Here is a general timeline leading up to the launch of Victory Aiea.

September 2012: Launch monthly evening meetings

January 2013: Launch weekly evening meetings

March 2013: Community Outreach

March 31, 2013: Victory Aiea officially launches

What we believe

The Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13).The Godhead
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—coeternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1–2, 14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3–5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1–2). We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5;Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regenera¬tion, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemp¬tion (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18).

The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27;Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12).

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8–10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18–19).

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsi¬bility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7–8). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14, 15). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him (Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11).

The Church

We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25–27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1–4; 15:19–31; 20:28;Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 1 Corinthians 5:4–7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1–4). We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26).

Why We Exist

This is the vision question. Our vision is to see Jesus made famous in Aiea and the world.

On a more practical level we as members of victory aiea are committed to 3 core values. We wake up everyday thinking about and trying to live out these core values. We are all about the gospel, discipleship, and mission.

The video below was taken from our Vision Dinner. We gathered all of our friends and family at the start of the church to describe what this new church plant would be about.

Discipleship

We firmly believe that all disciples of Jesus should make disciples of Jesus that make disciples of Jesus.  While there are many things to do in a church we believe that the call of every believer to make disciples stands as one of the most important.  Many churches have programs, groups, ministries, and serving opportunities that while are many times great things, sometimes distract us from making disciples.

We have identified 4 components involved in making disciples.  As believers engage in these 4 components our hope is God might use us to make disciples that make disciples.

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  1. Gospel Kindness
    Gospel kindness can and should be displayed to all people.  Even for the individual that wants nothing to do with God believers can demonstrate gospel kindness.  Gospel kindness is rooted in generosity in our time, talents, and money.  Gospel kindness is seen in the hospitality that we show others.  Believers should work to spend time with others at homes, restaurants, coffee shops, the beach, and anywhere else that people like to hang out.
  2. Gospel Proclamation
    Gospel proclamation is the actual teaching of the gospel.  Simply demonstrating the love of God is not enough to save people.  Gods people must be called with the proclamation of the gospel.  God will draw his people to himself by causing them to desire to know more about him.  As people begin to ask about God we should be prepared with answers and a clear gospel message.  This is not only the job of pastors.  Every believer should be able to share the gospel with those that God would call to hear it.
  3. Gospel growth
    We are saved by the grace of God.  The reality however is that we do not die the moment we are saved.  We continue to live our lives.  As we respond to the gospel we should respond in holiness, love for others, repentance, and a desire to know God more.  New believers can grow as we engage the word of God, fellowship with other believers, regularly hear the preached word, read books, listen to podcasts, practice gospel kindness to others, and proclaim the gospel to others.
  4. Gospel Mission
    The gospel has been expanding since the resurrection and ascension of Jesus.  Men and women have taken the gospel to all corners of the earth making disciples of Jesus.  As disciples of Jesus we also are called into this mission.  Our mission is to make disciples everywhere we go.  While not everyone will be called to move around the world or start a church we are all called to make disciples.  We all have family, friends, co workers, people we know through our kids schools and activities that we can show gospel kindness towards, proclaim the gospel to and help to grow in the gospel.

Leadership

Ephesians 1:9, 22-23, Ephesians 4:15, Ephesians 5:23, Hebrews 3:1, Matthew 16:18, Revelation 2:5, Colossians 3:16)

Our team of elders function in submission to Jesus as our chief shepherd. Additionally Victory Aiea is led by a first among equals philosophy with one elder functioning in this role.

ELDERS

Dane Tokushige
Dane graduated from Mid Pacific Institute and also earned a bachelors degree from The University of Hawaii. Dane is the husband of Liz and and the father of Ben (3) and Alexa (1). Dane has served on various church staffs for the past 12 years before joining the Victory Aiea team. Dane grew up in Aiea and has been reaching out to the youth of the community for many years as a youth pastor. Dane currently serves Victory Aiea as lead pastor.

As a new church Victory Aiea is currently in the process of evaluating and installing a team of men as elders of this church. This process is ongoing and expected to continue until the summer of 2013 when the first elders will be prayed for and set in over Victory Aiea. Until these men are officially set in they will already begin to function in some roles that elders would typically be responsible for.

For more on eldership please read 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.

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STAFF

Sunday Production: Bruce Niimoto

Music: Sean Choo

Kids: Tyzelle Mericle

Kids: Melissa Namba

Administration: Asiah Chandler