How We Live

Gospel • Community • Mission

 

Because we find our true significance as we find our place within the True Story, we are free to understand and live out our identity. Jesus makes us family • missionaries • servants.

We strive to live this out by trying to find life in the intersection of Gospel, Community and Mission.

Sweet Spot

 

Gospel refers to the Good News of who Jesus is and what He has done. He has not only helped us to understand God’s character (John 14:7John 17:25-26Hebrews 1, etc.), He has paid sin’s penalty (Romans 4:256:23; 1 Timothy 2:6, etc.) and freed us from its power (Romans 6, 8).

Because Adam and Eve, our representatives chose to mistrust God, everyone and everything was cast in to slavery to sin. We trip through thorns and thistles to survive while we were meant to thrive. The essence of sin is loving and trusting something more than God and because of this estrangement from our Creator, we need reconciliation. Through His sinless life, sacrificial death, ascension and continued intercession, Jesus brings about this reconciliation.

While this truth can be communicated straightforwardly, it’s so profound that even angels long to look (1 Peter 1:12) and the Christian life is an exploration of its depths and applications. As we rehearse the good news that through Jesus, God has reconciled us to Himself and made us family, we live intentionally to share our lives and blessings with others. We live as family together, inviting others to live in God’s ways.

Community is the context of the Christian life. Though we are saved as individuals, we are saved into a family. Together we rejoice and weep with one another (Romans 12:15; Galatians 6:1-2). God’s love for us overflows into a community which when working together (Romans 12:4; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31), reflects Jesus to the world, sending God’s people on the mission of being a blessing to the world.

Mission is the posture of God’s people towards the world. From the beginning God has blessed His people with the intent that they would be a blessing to others. God’s people have always been tasked with showing the world who He is and what He is like, inviting others to live in His ways.

 

Gather and Scatter

 

As God’s people, living in the intersection of gospel, community and mission, we regularly rehearse the rhythm of gathering and scattering.

We gather together regularly as a large church family to sit under the teaching of God’s Word, to be equipped, to sing together, to pray together, and breathe in the good news of Jesus.

Then we scatter throughout the week into smaller groups (called Gospel Communities on Mission, or “GCMs”. Some churches call these groups Missional Communities) where intentional, gospel-centered community is more possible. We are no less part of the large church family when we scatter in to these smaller groups, even though these are actually our primary organizing structure. These groups are where we live out real-life ministry.

We speak God’s truth in love to one another. We learn from one another. We study together. We pray together. We serve together. We eat together. We share our joys and struggles together. Together we radically reorient our lives around God and following Him.

As we come together in groups of different size to breathe in the Truth of God’s good news, we scatter, to “breathe out” God’s blessing in our individual homes and lives, knowing that we will soon once again gather and our burdens will be shared.