Who We Are
We are a family of missionary servants, learning to follow Jesus together.
Our name comes from the two elements Jesus used to describe himself and his sacrificial death. Bread represents his body broken. Wine represents his blood shed. These two images represent our community because we are a people formed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jesus used the image of “bread&wine” while seated around a communal meal with his closest friends. In this way, it also reminds us of the open, inclusive, ever-celebrating nature of a community that invites Portland to come and see the implications of a life lived with Jesus at the center.
“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 . . .”
“Gospel” simply means “good news” and is a pronouncement concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ. The good news is about Jesus: being God, he took on flesh and lived the life we should have lived, a sinless one. Jesus died the death we should have died, as our substitute. Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin and its effects. He thereby proved that he was an acceptable sacrifice upholding God’s justice, defeating sin & death for all those who would believe. The fruition of this good news is in God making all things new-complete restoration, peace, joy, and justice forever. // Read more about the gospel.
The gospel demonstrates that we are all deeply loved by God and that truth changes everything. Personally. Globally. Eternally.
The gospel changes who we are.
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. This is all the outworking of faith in God. We don’t define the church by activities, buildings, or programs.
Because of who God is and what he has done, we are forever new–given a new identity in this world. We are now learners and followers of Jesus. We are now sons and daughters of God. We are now missionaries, sent by God to restore and reconcile the world to himself. We are servants who bless and sacrifice as a way of life. // Read more on gospel identities.
“We believe in God the Father Almighty; Maker of Heaven and Earth; and in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into the lower earthly regions; the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven; and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. We believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.” –The Apostle’s Creed
Equipping disciples for the work of ministry. Every disciple is a full-time minister.
Here is our growing team of folks who are leveraging their lives to serve, train, and equip the people of bread&wine in the work of the ministry.
Worship and Arts
Elder | Shepherding
Coaching & Mission
15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, (ESV)
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