Gospel Identity

We aren’t defined by what we do. We are defined by what God has done in the person and work of Jesus Christ. What we do is based upon and motivated by what God has done and who God has made us to be.

Because of who God is and what he has done, we are forever new. Given a new identity in this world. Though society and culture says, “you are what you do” or “you are where you came from,” the gospel speaks this truth instead: because God is father, and through his son he has adopted you, you are a beloved child of God.

We are a family of servant missionaries– learning to follow Jesus together.

Learners. We are people who follow Jesus and continually learn how to obey him. Learning is not simply head knowledge and creeds, but learning is lived. We are disciples of Jesus who take responsibility for our own development and the development of others. This happens through shared life.

(Luke 2:52; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 2:2).

Family. In light of our faith in who Christ is and what he has done, we have been adopted into the Family of God. We are children of God who live and care for each other as a family, brothers and sisters. The mark of gospel community is sacrificial love for one another.

(Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16)

Missionaries. We are sent by God to restore and reconcile all things to himself. Jesus sends his family and followers on the mission of restoration. We are made agents of reconciliation, sharing the message of hope in Jesus. We speak the good news to others and we participate in sharing the good news by serving.

(John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

Servants. We are servants of Jesus and his kingdom. We serve others as a way of life.

(Matthew 20:25-28; 25:31-46; John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:16)