Valor – The mission of Valiant Ministries International is to raise up valiant disciples of Jesus Christ for the mission of the gospel. We seek to spark a revival of courage and vehement passion for the cause of the gospel amongst the body of Christ. We purpose, through continual instruction and training from the whole counsel of the Word of God, to equip this generation for the work of the ministry that every believer is called to (Ephesians 4:12, Matthew 28:19-20). We are a christian church that endeavor to teach and demonstrate the power of the Word of God in a way that will inspire and empower believers to pursue the call of God on their lives with valor—without fear or reservation.
Intimacy – The focus of Valiant Ministries International—the foundation of revival—will always be to walk in the personal intimacy with God that we were created to have. VMI is about living a lifestyle of worship, seeking to bring glory and honor to God, and to magnify His name in every pursuit. And by being rooted in a love relationship with the Father, founded upon grace and righteousness, we would passionately seek to know more of His heart and courageously do His will every day. Personal revival will always come before corporate revival. It is both our privilege and responsibility to know the Father intimately…for we can only represent a God that we know. We believe that all ministry is simply an overflow of relationship, not a product of education.
Unity – Valiant Ministries International also purposes to pioneer a reformation of the Body of Christ, as to return to the pattern of unity, love, and power that was so evident during the time of the Acts of the Apostles. We endeavor to cultivate and practice the oneness of mind and heart that lays the foundation for being built up as a fitly joined temple and body of Christ. The world ought to know us for our love. And love is the perfect bond of unity. As we learn to overlook our differences and pursue the will of God with a corporate singleness of heart, we’ll surely see the church attain to it’s potential of being the current “dwelling place of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22). The church is not a building…we are the church. VMI seeks to catalyze a duplicatable reformation of the local church. We want to help change the way America does church…to make it less about entertainment appeal, and purely about the standard of God’s Word for the local church — to cultivate unity and equip believers for an unrestricted lifestyle of ministry in their sphere of influence.
You have probably noticed the bold scripture, Psalm 108:13, quoted at the heading of this page. That scripture essentially describes the heart of this ministry. We believe wholeheartedly that by the power of the Holy Spirit, through faith in Christ, the church is empowered to “do valiantly” in this world. Jesus Christ has won the victory over all the power of darkness, and it is by His finished work on the cross that we are emboldened to proclaim and demonstrate His victory wherever we go. We purpose to represent Christ with courage every day, being bold to love people in the same way that Jesus loved people, knowing that the enemy has already been defeated (John 16:11, Ephesians 1:20-22, Colossians 2:14-15, 1 John 2:14,4:4,5:4, Revelation 12:9-11). Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8), and having obtained eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12), He has made all provision in His grace for us to do the same (Matthew 10:7-8,28:18-20, Mark 16:15-18).
It’s time for the body of Christ to rise up in courage and stand as bold witnesses to the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ! It’s time that we start acting in faith upon the promises of God, and respond to the revival that already dwells within us!
The Bible is inspired by God, and is the infallible, inerrant, and immutable Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21, Joshua 21:45, Psalm 33:4, John 17:17). And from the Bible we deduce: there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Kings 8:60, Isaiah 43:10-11, 1 Corinthians 8:6), who is the eternal Creator of all that is (Genesis 1:1, Nehemiah 9:6, Isaiah 66:2, Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:16), the sovereign King over all (Psalm 47:7, Psalm 97:1, John 18:37, 1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 19:16), and the Redeemer of all that was lost through sin (Isaiah 47:4, Isaiah 63:16, Colossians 1:13-14, Romans 3:23-24, Galatians 3:13-14, Ephesians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:18-21), who is expressed in three distinctly different yet unified persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 John 5:7, 1 Peter 1:2). God is perfect—holy, righteous, just, good, truthful, and loving (Psalm 18:30, Deuteronomy 32:4, Nahum 1:7, Psalm 145:9, Psalm 86:5, Romans 2:4, John 3:33, Hebrews 6:18, 1 John 4:7-8, John 3:16).
Mankind was created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-28,9:6), as the pinnacle of creation (Psalm 8:4-8), to know God and walk with Him in a personal relationship (Genesis 3:8, John 15:9-10, John 17:3,21-23, Philippians 3:10, 1 John 2:5-6). However, man willfully renounced the Lordship of God through sin , which brought every curse into the world—sickness, disease, inborn wickedness, poverty, natural disaster, death, etc. All of these are the natural consequences of man’s rebellion against God (Genesis 2:17, Proverbs 14:12, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 5:14-19,6:23, Galatians 6:8, 1 John 3:8, Ephesians 2:3, Colossians 1:21).
There is an enemy and adversary, Satan, who originally tempted and deceived man into sin, being the first sinner (1 John 3:8), and he exists today to do the same, that he might steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). God is good, and the devil is evil; all good things come from God, and all bad things come from the devil (John 8:44,10:10,14:6, Acts 10:38, 1 Peter 5:8, 1 John 1:5,3:8, James 1:13-17).
Judgment also came to the world through the law, as a means of restraining sin and exposing man’s need of a Savior—the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who was foreshadowed and prophesied throughout the Old Testament (Romans 3:19-21, 4:15, 5:18,20; Galatians 3:22-24, 4:1-4, John 5:49). Jesus Christ is the one and only divine Son of God (John 3:16). He was conceived of the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin, Mary (Luke 1:34-35), and was born into the world as a human being—God manifest in the flesh (John 1:14, 8:58,14:7-9, Philippians 2:7-9, Hebrews 1:3, 1 Timothy 3:16). Jesus is 100% God and 100% man—the Son of God and the Son of Man (Luke 1:35, 3:22, Mark 10:45, John 5:27).
Jesus was the Anointed One of God (Isaiah 61:1) and the Messiah sent by God to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God (Matthew 4:23, Mark 1:14, Luke 9:11), perfectly emulate and demonstrate the character and will of the Father (John 5:19, 6:38, 8:28,14:7-9), and redeem humanity from sin and judgment (Isaiah 53:4-11, Luke 9:56, Romans 3:24-25, Galatians 3:13, 1 John 2:2). Jesus’ blood was shed on the cross to forever put away our sin and grant us forgiveness (Leviticus 17:11, Matthew 26:28, Romans 3:25, Hebrews 9:12-15). He died, was buried, and resurrected three days later to ascend to heaven and be seated at the right hand of the Father (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Luke 24:51, Ephesians 1:20), having finished the work that needed to be done for the salvation of mankind (John 19:30).
Anyone can be restored to relationship with God through repentance and belief in Jesus Christ, as they accept and receive Him as their personal Lord and Savior (Mark 1:15, Luke 24:47, 1 John 1:9, Acts 2:38-39,10:43,16:31, Romans 3:26,10:9-10). We are justified and saved solely by grace through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:16, John 1:12, 3:18, 20:31, Ephesians 2:8-9).
Jesus gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18, Acts 1:4-8), our Helper (John 14:16), who convicts (John 16:8), regenerates (Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 3:5-8, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 1:13-14, Titus 3:5), and makes us to be adopted sons and daughters of God (Romans 8:15-17, Galatians 4:5-6). And by the purifying power of the Holy Spirit, who comes to dwell within anyone who receives Christ (John 14:17, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 3:17,6:19), a believer is enabled to live a holy life, free from the bondage of sin and guilt (Romans 6:1-6,18, 7:6, 8:1-4, Ephesians 4:22-24, 1 Corinthians 6:11,19-20, Titus 2:14, Hebrews 9:14,10:22-23, 1 Peter 1:22). We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a supernatural life as an ambassador of Christ (Acts 1:8, 4:29-31), used as a vessel of God for signs and wonders (Mark 16:17-20). The atonement of Christ on the cross brought us deliverance from the kingdom of darkness and the power of the enemy—sin, sickness and disease, fear, etc (Colossians 1:12-13, 1 John 3:8-9, 1 Peter 2:24, 2 Timothy 1:7).
The baptism of the Holy Spirit, a secondary event following salvation, has also been given to believers as an endowment of power to enable believers to be effective witnesses for the gospel (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8, 2:2-4, 8:14-16, 10:44-46,19:1-6).
The church, or the body of Christ, is made up of all who put their faith in Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:12-13,27, Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 2:19-22). The church has been given the charge to preach and demonstrate the gospel and make disciples of all nations, teaching all to love and serve God (Matthew 10:7-8,28:18-20, John 17:18) . As a church, we’ve been commanded by our Lord to baptize those who come to Christ as an outward expression of inward change (Matthew 28:19), and to take communion as a regular practice to commemorate the finished work of Christ on the cross (Matthew 26:26-27, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
As a blessed hope, we look to the glorious, visible appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ who will return for His church—His bride (1 Thessalonians 1:10, Titus 2:13, 1 Peter 1:3-7).
Heaven and Hell are both real places. There will be a resurrection of the saved and the lost; the saved will enter into eternal life with God, and the unsaved into an eternal death of separation from the presence of God, as all those who reject Christ have chosen (Matthew 25:46, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10, Revelation 20:14-15). Christ will set up a new kingdom on a new earth; there will be no sin—no sorrow, no pain, no sickness, no death (2 Peter 3:10-13, Revelation 21:3-7).
Our Core Values
- Relationship with the Father: Constant, personal communion with God is the highest priority. For all of our ministry to others is to be an outflow of our fellowship with a loving Father.
- Reflecting the Father: We will represent God and reflect His character, since we were created in His image. And as we spend time with Him, growing in intimacy with Him, His heart and His desires will become ours.
- Adoption Identity: We will grow in knowledge and confidence in our identity as God’s sons and daughter, and live from that identity. For our security comes from the state of being redeemed and adopted as children of God in Christ.
- God-honoring lifestyle: We seek to please God and do His will in every facet of life, knowing that worship is first a heart condition and then a lifestyle. We will love God passionately, and love people valiantly.
- God-fearing approach: We will revere God, our King, above all things, and treat His presence with honor, regarding Him as precious.
- Comprehensive Service: We will use every tool and every instrument, not just musical instruments, to bring honor and glory to God.
- Exemplifying Christianity: To the best of our ability, we will be Christ-like—examples of true, biblical Christianity to every person we come in contact with, both in speech and in action.
- Expanding the Kingdom: We will make it a priority to make disciples, not converts, of all nations, always seeking to guide others closer to Jesus—to grow the family of God.
- Community and Family: We will be diligent to pursue and maintain godly relationships, stay connected in a local community of believers, and faithfully train up our children in the way which they should go, through daily teaching and exemplification in the home.
David Grams is the founder and president of Valiant Ministries International. His walk with God has birthed within him a vehement desire to see the body of Christ rise up and slay the giants of fear and religious tradition that have been holding them back from their God-given potential. It’s David’s heart, through personal revival of courage and intimacy with God, to see fear beheaded and reverent worship restored within the heart of every believer, that the church would be emboldened to finish the job that the early church started—to stand for the truth and make strong disciples of all nations, healing the sick, casting out devils, and setting every captive free. David envisions VMI to function as a catalyst for a nationwide church reformation, preparing the Bride of Christ for the arrival of her Groom, Jesus Christ.
David is currently twenty-two years old but began preparation for ministry at around fifteen years old. He and his wife, Allie, live in Minneapolis, MN.