OUR GOSPEL IDENTITY
When the Gospel takes root in a person, it creates a fundamental change in identity.
A Christian’s new identity in Christ can be viewed thematically across scripture: Family, Missionary, Servant, and Learner (disciple). Therefore we are a Family of Missionary Servants committed to growing as Disciples and making new Disciples in all of life.
1. WE ARE FAMILY
We are children of God who live and care for each other as a family.
God has always desired a people—an earthly family— who would live in such a way that the world would know what He is like. Jesus said that those who live in His ways and obey His Father are truly His family (Matthew 12:48–50). We do this through Sunday Gatherings and Family Meals. (Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16)
2. WE ARE MISSIONARIES
We are sent by God to restore all things to Himself.
We believe we are missionaries sent into our culture to restore all things to God through Jesus. We live this out as part of a missional community. (John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
3. WE ARE SERVANTS
We are servants of God who serve others as a way of life.
Fully God and fully human, Jesus took on the posture of a servant. He gave His life, even unto death, so that others could experience salvation, peace, and restoration. Jesus said, "I am among you as the one who serves." (Luke 22:27). All those who follow Jesus are called to serve with the same humility.
4. WE ARE LEARNERS
We are disciples of Jesus who take responsibility for our own development and the development of others.
As a young man Jesus grew in both height and wisdom. He learned from local religious teachers, by living in community, and through regular times of listening to God. Jesus called others to follow His ways, to be His disciples, and live in obedience to all that God commands. We do this through consistent involvement in a DNA group. (Luke 2:52; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 2:2)