We believe discipleship happens best when the three spheres of Gospel, Community and Mission come together.
Gospel. Everything we do and everything we are is rooted in and because of the Gospel. Gospel means ‘Good News’, specifically, the good news that God is reconciling people back to Himself through the person and work of His Son, Jesus Christ. The gospel is that Jesus left his place in heaven to come down to mankind, to live among us, show us how we are to live, and ultimately, take our penalty of death for turning away from God the Father. As Tim Keller has said, “The gospel is this: we are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”
Community. Because of the good news of what Jesus has done on our behalf, we have been saved from death and adopted into the family of God. We are no longer enemies of God, but children of God. If we are His children, then we are not only saved as individuals, but saved into a family. This means that we are called to live in community with one another. God has created us to be in relationship with Him and others. Due to the nature of this broken world, we have to be very intentional about this. We are purposeful in sharing meals together, meeting one another’s needs, enjoying each other’s company, celebrating together and mourning together.
Mission. Because we realize we have been adopted into a family, we recognize and celebrate that our family will continue to grow with more adoptions. Not only is God on a mission to reconcile the lost back to Himself, but He allows and expects His children to join Him on that mission. We take Jesus’ great commission seriously, to “go and make disciples” of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20) through the power of the Holy Spirit. We go on Mission together as we share the Good News of the Gospel with those who do not yet know it and invite them into Community with us.