The Mission of Valiant Ministries International is to model a discipleship that will inspire and empower the church around the world to follow suit in making disciples biblically, rather than struggling to produce mere converts. As the shepherd boy, David, inspired courage in the entire army of Israel through the single, heroic act of facing Goliath, we know that God has called VMI to model a courageous discipleship that will empower the body of Christ worldwide to go forth and make disciples of all nations.
The goal of our discipleship is to see heaven invade earth—for the governance of Christ, through Christians as vessels, to heal the broken-hearted and liberate captives. We will be a generation that helps reform the modern church paradigm and revolutionize American Christianity. We renounce dead religion to get the work of the kingdom done – to turn people “from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God” (Acts 26:18).
Valiant Ministries International exists not to directly evangelize the unbeliever, but to deploy the once stagnant Christian into a new lifestyle of discipleship evangelism, exponentially increasing the salvation of the lost through a multiplication of prolific disciples.
Our Core Values
An individual must be taught to cultivate, first, a personal intimacy with the Father that will establish them in their identity in Christ. A personal attachment to the Word of God and an independent relationship with the Holy Spirit is crucial. Their personal relationship with Christ must be their sole security, and that out of that relationship flows everything else in the Christian life.
The effect of Intimacy will be that the Unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3) will change, first, a person’s spousal and family relationships, and secondly, every other relationship. The first effect of a love for God will be a love for people. Principally, fellowship with God will create fellowship with people. Therefore, an individual must be taught that being at peace with others, forgiving those who have hurt them, confessing their faults to those they’ve hurt, and selflessly loving the people in their lives is what will add a solidity to their Christian testimony.
Once peace with God and with people has been established and change is evident, individuals will develop a confidence, and will begin making disciples with boldness (valor) and a clear conscience. Their life will fully display Christ, and therefore, will be able to make disciples by modeling Christianity and not just preaching it. They will be able to say, “Follow me” and “Imitate my ways in Christ.” They will be role models in the faith and not merely preachers.
Synopsis: Ultimately, every effective disciple will undergo this process of Intimacy, Unity, and into Valor. So, these things must be taught as integral to the Christian life. These three core values can be seen throughout the New Testament. The people were compelled by the teaching of the apostles to repent and believe the gospel (to get right with God [Intimacy]), second, to gather together with their fellow believers and bear one another’s burdens (Unity), and third, to travel about, preaching everywhere together with their community (Valor).
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).
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.