We are a Family of Servant Missionaries, existing for the glory of God and the good of our cities
As followers of Jesus, we believe we are new creations and that in the gospel we have been given a new identity (2 Cor 5:17). We are now disciples of our Savior Jesus Christ. We learn from him to live like him, developing worshipful obedience as we submit to him in every part of life (Matt 28:16-20).
We live as a family of God
As sons and daughters of God, disciples of Jesus love each other like brothers and sisters. We encourage, build up, and celebrate with each other. We disciple, nurture, and hold each other accountable to our new gospel life together. We care about each other’s sin and holiness as much as our own. As Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
We live as servants of Christ & others
As servants, disciples of Jesus joyfully and sacrificially serve Jesus as we serve others. This means submitting to Jesus as Lord, to the leaders he has placed over us, and to each other as we humbly serve whomever God brings into our lives. Living as servants of the Servant presents a tangible witness to Jesus’ kingdom and the transforming power of the gospel. Like him, our sacrificial service ought to demand a gospel explanation.
We live as missionaries to God’s world
As missionaries, disciples of Jesus are sent to share the truth about God’s love for the world through the sending of His Son. And because we are pardoned rebels ourselves, our posture is always one of humility, joy, and sacrifice. The Spirit has been given to us so that we can know the truth about Jesus, live fruitful lives as evidence of the gospel’s power, be empowered to share the gospel boldly, and trust that he is the one who convicts the heart and gives new life
As we follow Jesus, we find it helpful to consider normal rhythms of life and how to declare the gospel in each one. There are plenty of rhythms throughout human history, but need to be to be seen today in relation to the message of Christ:
- Sharing stories and listening
- Eating and fasting
- Celebrating and mourning
- Work and rest/recreation
- Blessing and receiving