We Are A Family of Learning Missionary Servants
We Are Family. We Gather.
God, the Father, has adopted us as His children. We live in community as brothers and sisters, sharing our lives together. We gather regularly to eat, celebrate, remind one another of the gospel and live life together.
We Are Learners [Disciples]. We Grow.
As followers of Jesus, we are constantly being changed and transformed into his likeness. This can be an uncomfortable process, but a healthy one. Recognizing how graciously our Father has accepted us into His family, we have a desire over an obligation to look more and more like the children He has made us. We dedicate ourselves to growing in His Word and understanding our story through the lens of the biblical story.
We Are Missionaries. We Go.
Ever since mankind has rebelled, God has been on a mission to reconcile creation back to Himself. The Father sent the Son to earth to redeem His people. The Son sent the Spirit to enable His people to take part in His mission. We, in turn, are sent ones – called to “go and make disciples”, bringing good news (Matthew 28:18-20).
We Are Servants. We Give.
Jesus left his rightful place on his throne in heaven, made himself a fragile baby and came to dwell in our mess. He went out of his way to heal the sick and lame, speak good news to the lost, wash his disciples filthy feet, and ultimately serve us to the point of death. If the King of Kings is willing to serve in this way and we are called to be disciples of him, how could we expect to live any different? We are committed to serving one another as family, as well as our neighbors outside of the church. We have been blessed by God to be a blessing to others, so we strive to give to our city.
All people everywhere are engaged in things that happen in rhythm–day in and day out. The BLESS rhythms provide practical guidance that helps us live out our true identity as a family of missionary servants and provides opportunities of inviting others to walk in the ways of Jesus.
B-Bless. We seek to intentionally bless others in word, action or gift.
L-Listen. We set aside regular times to listen to God and to others.
E-Eat. We regularly eat meals with others to invite them into the community of God.
S-Speak. We intentionally share God’s story and speak good news to others.
S-Sabbath. We rest, play, create and restore beauty in order to reflect God to others. We regularly gather to celebrate God’s extravagant blessings.
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