Introducing

a city to a person

We exist to introduce the city of Portland, Oregon to the Person of Jesus Christ. Most have encountered Christianity as an institution, a political affiliation or a cause. We are intent that all of Portland experience all of Jesus.

The Gospel

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures . . .”

The “Gospel” is not advice but a “good news” pronouncement concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ. That Jesus, being God, took on flesh and lived the life we should have lived, a sinless one. That He died the death we justly deserved to die, as our substitute. Jesus rose from the dead and was witnessed to be alive in history by hundreds of people. He thereby proved that he was an acceptable sacrifice upholding both God’s justice and love, while defeating sin & death for all those who will believe. This Good News is comprehensive, making all things new–bringing about complete restoration, peace, joy and justice forever. Life as it was supposed to be. The Gospel changes everything personally, globally, eternally.

15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, (ESV)

The gospel is the news that god did for us what we couldn't do for ourselves. It is news of grace, hope, and love.

How We Live in Community

Jesus Christ lived in the East. Eastern peoples have always had a better grasp of what it means to live communally. Every metaphor in the Scriptures which describes our spiritual progress is communal and not individualistic. Therefore, followers of Jesus can never reduce our experience to a Western, isolated spiritual journey. We discovered that being united to God is to be subsequently united to his new family in Christ.

The gospel has created a new people that live as a family of missionaries servants who make disciples that make disciples through the flow of everyday life. In the gospel, we now have the resource to live together, forgive one another, and seek the good of the city in community. Our shared life together happens in a variety of spaces and times and reveals things about God that we could never discover in isolation. Life on life. Life in community. Life on mission. //Read more about community.

Making disciples that make disciples is at the heart of everything we do.

How We Live On Mission

We believe that all of creation exists to commune with God, but much has been fragmented through rebellion and willful isolation. But God, the consummate initiator, has reconciled us through Christ and has given us a ministry of reconciliation (). Therefore, gospel communities live out the mission of God collectively as family, in a specific neighborhood, through intentional gospel proclamation and gospel demonstration in tangible ways. Each gospel community is regularly and relationally stepping into their mission to care for those in need and to make disciples.

Practically this looks like ordinary people, living ordinary lives together because of the gospel for the good of the city.

What impact might our lives have on the city and the world? This is what we invision:


18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; (ESV)

ORDINARY PEOPLE, LIVING ORDINARY LIVES TOGETHER BECAUSE OF THE GOSPEL FOR THE GOOD OF THE CITY

Gatherings

All of the gospel communities come together weekly to learn to live as God has called us to. We learn to listen to God speak through the Bible, unify in songs of worship, and remember Jesus through communion. Participating in this gathering is an essential aspect of life in a gospel community.

You can expect a welcoming environment whether you are familiar with Christianity or just beginning to explore the Christian faith. You will be invited to sing along and interact with the teaching, but feel free to just come and observe.

If you have children (9 months to 5th grade) with you, we offer a space for them to engage creatively with God’s story. //Learn more about children’s discipleship in Bread&Wine.

Our worship gatherings happen every Sunday at 10am at Refuge PDX, 116 SE Yamhill St.  Parking is free in the lot just east of the Refuge building, or on the street (please pay careful attention to parking designations).

Family of missionary servants.

Our Leadership Team

Equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. We, the church, are all in full-time ministry.

Here is our team of folks who are leveraging their lives to serve, train, and equip the people of Bread&Wine in the work of the ministry.

Making disciples that make disciples is at the heart of everything we do.

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Gatherings

Our communities gather together on Sunday mornings, 10am at Refuge PDX.