For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 2 Corinthians 4:5
Raffaele Spitale came to know Christ in January 1997. He was a member of the Evangelical church “Azione Biblica” located in the city of Turin until October 2008. He was involved in three major ministries: evangelism (in the prison of the city of Turin), men’s discipleship, and biblical counseling.
At the end of October 2008 he, with his family, went to California for the sake of attending a seminary, with the purpose of being trained for sound/biblical preaching and teaching, and for pastoral ministry. He graduated from the The Master’s Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in May 2012 and with a Master of Theology degree in May 2013.
His wife Manuela came to know Christ in 2001. She has been praying with Raffaele for years for the sake of serving the Lord together. They have two children: Naomi was born in 2006, and Simeone was born in 2007.
They were members of Grace Community Church (Sun Valley, CA) from Spring 2009 to December 2013. Raffaele served as the leader of the “Italian Bible Study” from June 2009 to January 2013. Moreover, he was involved with his wife in Children’s Ministry from June 2011 to December 2013, teaching 5-year old kids on Sunday night.
They returned to Italy in June 2014 in order to start a church from scratch in the city of Turin. They are serving as missionaries with Grace Ministries International (), a ministry of Grace Community Church (), sent by Faith Bible Church of South County ().
Manuela Salvation Testimony
Raffaele Salvation/TMS Testimony
One of the purposes of the Church is to exalt, glorify, and worship the Lord. According to Scripture the true worship of God is in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). Worship is offered to God not in word only, but also by attitude and actions. In this way, the entire life of believers is a spiritual worship offered to God (Romans 12:1).
The purpose of church ministry is to present every man complete in Christ (Col. 1:28). This is clearly taught in the letter to the Ephesians where Paul writes that the gifts are given to the Church to prepare and equip the saints for the work of service, for the edification of the saints, and to protect the saints from false doctrines (Eph. 4:12-13). The edification of the saints (1 Cor. 12:7: 14:5) is the purpose of all spiritual gifts that God has entrusted to each believer (1 Cor. 12:11), which should be exercised with love (1 Cor. 13).
This aspect, as well as the previous one, is the means by which the Church truly worships God. Without the edification of the saints and the evangelization of the world the Church fails to worship God, thus failing to fulfill all three tasks. The Church, unlike Israel, is commanded to go and bring the message of Christ to non-believers and make disciples of all nations, rather than waiting for them (Matt. 28:19-20).