Jesse Connors, Founder and CEO of TrueLife.org, grew up in a loving Christian family (coming to know the Lord at the age of six) and had an overwhelming urgency to share the Gospel with the lost even from his youth. After completing his Communications degree in 2002 from Liberty University, he worked directly with Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. as a University spokesman. Later, he interned at the White House with George W. Bush, he also worked for the United States Congress and for The Fox News Channel with Greta Van Sustern, Bill O’Reily and many others. Jesse later went to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in Christian Apologetics and Biblical Languages in 2007. After years of tireless work, TrueLife.org was born in 2011 and now is serving nearly 2,000 churches in the United States to help encourage evangelism and invitation. It is estimated that 2,000,000 invitations to church have been given using TrueLife.org’s unique evangelism strategy. For every accomplishment, Jesse credits answered prayer and God’s love for people.
Mercy Connors was blessed to have grown up in a Christian home that emphasized evangelism and mission work. Mercy came to know the Lord at the age of seven and felt the call of the Lord to go into full time ministry in high school. In college, Mercy became aware of the true lives of those who work in full time ministry and was impressed upon by God to dedicate her life to help them stay in a right relationship with the Lord. Mercy graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a B.S. in Counseling/Psychology and continued her education at Liberty University where she completed a Masters of Arts in Human Services and a Doctor of Philosophy in Professional Counseling. Mercy’s main focus was determining ways to help missionary kids stay with their faith, which brought Mercy to Faith Academy in Manila, Philippines where she completed her internship and her dissertation. After completing her degrees, she met the love of her life Jesse Connors and moved to Virginia. Jesse and Mercy were married in 2016 and endeavor to fulfill the Great Commission together.
Jesse and Mercy were impressed upon by the Lord to create a ministry to develop healthy churches. Jesse was at the American Association of Christian Counselors headquarters meeting with his long-time friend Tim Clinton when he saw the DVDs of Courageous Living. Jesse was struck with the idea of putting these films online to make them accessible to church members to help heal and prevent any of the issues that the series talked about. Mercy was dedicated to the project due to her love for discipleship and counseling and TrueLifeCare.org was born.
The focus of TrueLife’s ministry is both apologetic and evangelistic. As an apologetic ministry, we seek to equip believers to better understand, defend and share their faith. As an evangelistic ministry, we seek to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with unbelievers and lead them to a Bible-believing local church where they can be thoroughly discipled.
TrueLife is a parachurch entity cooperating with local churches and other organizations to fulfill the Great Commission. TrueLife is not an online church, but we work through the internet with churches to present the gospel of Jesus Christ and help lead individuals to churches where they can be effectively discipled.
Throughout the New Testament, a description of the church emerges. While the Bible does not give a comprehensive description of the church’s form and function, it does give some essential characteristics of the church.
Definition: Broadly defined, the church is the body of all believers throughout history. More narrowly, the church is a local body of believers. True Life uses the term “church” in the narrow sense. To refer to the broader category we use the term “universal church.”
Purpose: The church’s purpose is to glorify God through preaching the gospel, teaching Bible doctrine, fellowship, prayer, making disciples, ministering to needs, communion, and baptism.
Communion. Jesus Christ instituted communion as a proclamation of his death. Communion is also known as the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist.
Baptism. Baptism publicly proclaims association of a believer with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.
Missions and Evangelism. Christ commanded the church to actively involve its members in missions and evangelism in order to make disciples of all the nations.
Discipleship. The church fulfills Christ’s command to make disciples by reaching unbelievers with the gospel, baptizing new believers and teaching them to obey Christ’s commands. While the individual believer is accountable for his or her own spiritual condition, the church has a responsibility to lead believers to mature in their faith.
There are many troubling moral issues facing the church and society today. Some attitudes to these issues contradict the clear teaching of Scripture.
Abortion and Euthanasia. God made humanity in His image, and therefore the taking of innocent human life through abortion or euthanasia is a sin. Those who have been involved in abortion or euthanasia can receive God’s gracious gift of forgiveness and salvation through repentance and faith in Christ.
Homosexuality. The Bible clearly teaches that homosexuality is a sin. God’s divine plan is for one man and one woman to receive mutual sexual fulfillment through the institution of marriage. As with all sin, God graciously offers forgiveness and salvation through repentance and faith in Christ.
GOD. The one true God has revealed Himself through His creation and the Bible as an intelligent, personal and spiritual Being. God is uncreated, self-existent, and all powerful. He has perfect knowledge of the past, present and future. The Godhead exists eternally as a Trinity, one God in three uncreated Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each Person is fully God and was involved in the creation of the world and is involved in God’s acts to redeem mankind. (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 19; Romans 1:18-20; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Galatians 4:6)
GOD THE FATHER. God the Father, working with the Son and the Holy Spirit, created the universe out of nothing, and sovereignly directs all things to bring about His will. (John 6:27; 1 Peter 1:2)
GOD THE SON. God the Son, in order to redeem mankind from its sins, remained fully God while becoming fully man, being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, but He bore all our sins and was crucified, buried, rose bodily from the dead and ascended to Heaven. Jesus Christ is currently seated at the right hand of God the Father as the one Mediator between God and man. He will return to this world to judge the living and the dead. (John 1; Colossians 1:15-20; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1; Titus 2:13)
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT. The Holy Spirit is a fully divine and personal being who is equal with the Father and the Son. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and calls the sinner to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. The Spirit works and lives in each believer to bring them to spiritual maturity in Christ. He gives spiritual gifts to every believer for the benefit of the church. (Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:16)
BIBLE. The Holy Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the divinely inspired self-revelation of God to mankind. The Bible is true and without error in the original manuscripts, and is therefore the supreme authority in all that it teaches. The final guide to the interpretation of Scripture is Scripture itself. (Proverbs 30:5-6; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 5:17-18; John 10:35; John 17:17)
MAN. God created man and woman in His own image, and crowned them as the jewel of creation. He gave them equal value and worth. Adam freely chose to rebel against God, and thereby death and judgment entered the world, with the result that all people inherit a sin nature and face God’s judgment. (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3; Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23; Jeremiah 17:9; Psalm 14:2-3; Romans 3:10; Romans 6:23)
SALVATION. Man is unable to bring about his own salvation from sin and God’s judgment. By God’s grace alone, He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die sacrificially on a cross to offer us forgiveness for sin. Through His resurrection, Christ conquered death, offering to us eternal life. Because of this, we are able to become right with God through faith in Jesus Christ; there is no other way. Salvation is obtained when an individual receives Jesus Christ by faith alone, expressing repentance for sin, recognizing Christ’s death as full payment for sin, and accepting the risen Christ as Savior and Lord. Those who do not believe in Christ will receive everlasting punishment in hell, but believers will enjoy eternal life and peace with God in heaven. (John 3:16-18; Isaiah 53:5-6; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:9; Romans 10:13; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-9)