“AND WE PROCLAIM HIM [CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY], WARNING EVERY MAN AND TEACHING EVERY MAN IN ALL WISDOM, THAT WE MAY PRESENT EVERY MAN PERFECT IN CHRIST JESUS.” —COLOSSIANS 1:28
The purpose of LICM could be stated most concisely as a ministry of “Proclaiming Christ to Christians.” In order to grow in maturity and wholeness and fruitfulness and Christlikeness, we must be feeding on the truth from God’s word about the Lord Jesus Christ, who lives in us as our hope of glory. Another way to express our purpose is that we are involved in pointing God’s people to the Lord and His word.
This is done primarily through Bible study seminars including: Counseling God’s Way, Growing in the Grace of God, The Church: How Jesus Builds It, Promise Believers, Contending for the Faith, and related themes. Our messages also go out through Church Services, Pastors’ Conferences, Retreats, Bible Colleges, Schools of Ministry, overseas ministry trips, through audio and video studies and through this website. Additional teaching themes commonly deal with The Sufficiency of Christ and His Word, The Psychologizing of the Faith, The Ability of God’s Word, and Knowing God. A compact paperback entitled Psychologizing the Faith has been published by The Word For Today. Another book entitled How to Counsel God’s Way has recently been reprinted and made available in English and German. Other unpublished books and writing projects from Pastor Bob will be following soon as the Lord allows.
PASTOR BOB HOEKSTRA
Pastor Bob Hoekstra was the founder and Director of Living in Christ Ministries. He had been in ministry since 1967, including fourteen years in Dallas, TX and eleven years as Pastor of Calvary Chapel of Irvine, CA. He and his wife, Dini, were married in 1966, and have three adult children and thirteen grandchildren. Bob graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1973 with the Master of Theology degree.
Bob’s involvement with the Calvary Chapels began in 1971, when he and his wife Dini visited Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa on a Sunday evening. They were deeply touched by the life-giving teaching of the word of God, the simple worship “in Spirit and in truth”, and the profound expressions of the love of the Lord among the saints. Upon returning to Dallas, they regularly obtained Pastor Chuck Smith’s teaching tapes and eventually became daily listeners of the Word for Today on the radio.
Since 1993, Bob had been teaching at Calvary Chapel and other church fellowships across the country and overseas (including, Seminars, Pastors’ Conferences, Church Services, Leadership Conferences, Retreats, and Schools of Evangelism/Ministry). He has taught numerous classes at Calvary Chapel Bible College (both at its former location in Twin Peaks, CA and its current location in Murrieta Hot Springs, CA) as well as at the extension campuses of Costa Mesa, Vista, San Diego, El Cajon, and others. Bob’s teaching generally highlights such subjects as Counseling God’s Way, Family God’s Way, Growing in the Grace of God, The Church: How Jesus Builds It, Contending for the Faith, Promise Believers, The Sufficiency of Christ and His Word, The Psychologizing of the Faith, and related themes. The Living in Christ Radio Program featuring these studies is heard on radio stations across America as well as on-demand through our website and on OnePlace.com.VISIT THE BOB HOEKSTRA MEMORIAL WEBSITE
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
At Living in Christ Ministries we often get questions from those in the family of God who are seeking an increased understanding of how LICM functions. For those of you who have similar interests, here are some of the more frequently asked questions.
HOW DID LICM BEGIN?
This ministry began in the early 1970’s as a tape and radio outreach, when Bob Hoekstra was pastoring in Dallas Texas. Later, Calvary Chapel of Irvine, California adopted LICM as their outreach ministry during the eleven years that Bob was pastor there. In 1992, the 22 tape In-Depth Counseling God’s Way Series was aired over KWVE in Southern California. This series was also offered to Calvary Chapel pastors across the country and around the world. Soon thereafter Bob was increasingly asked to conduct weekend seminars. Eventually, LICM became his full-time ministry.
To listen to a study on the vision of LICM, please listen to Proclaiming Christ to Christians here:
HOW IS LICM SUPPORTED?
HOW CAN WE PRAY FOR LICM?
There are many ways and opportunities that the body of Christ can pray for LICM:
- 1) The Lord’s enabling grace in the overall day to day ministry opportunities and responsibilities.
- 2) God’s all-sufficient grace to rest upon the LICM family and staff.
- 3) God’s guidance and wisdom in the formatting of many of Pastor Bob’s teachings into multimedia and books.
- 4) The Lord’s blessings upon the distribution of LICM resources (CD’s, DVD’s, MP3’s, Blu-Ray’s, Books) that are sent regularly to the body of Christ.
- 5) The Spirit of God to work mightily through His Word, as He continues to bless and equip the saints through Pastor Bob’s teachings around the world, through our website, radio stations across America, and on OnePlace.com.
- 6) For the Lord to greatly bless those who regularly pray and support the work of the ministry here at LICM.
OUR GUIDING SCRIPTURE
“Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.”