As disciples of Jesus our identity is not defined by what we do, but by who God is and what he has done in and through Jesus. To understand our identity we should look at the creation of mankind in Genesis 1. God says, "Let Us create man in Our image." As humans we are created in the image of God, who exist as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Sin has marred that perfect image, but hope was not lost. Jesus, the image of the invisible God, entered into our brokenness. Jesus lived the life we could never live and died the death we deserve to die. But He did not stay dead, He rose triumphantly over sin and death extending forgiveness and restoration to God through faith in Him! God in Christ is now restoring and making all things new, even us! As new creations in Christ, Jesus tells us what our identity should look like. In our Savior's last words He says, "as you go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." We believe that our discipleship flows out of this new identity Jesus has given us and it impacts everything. Our relationship with God, one another and His creation is all informed by this identity
Baptized in the name of the Father,
we are family!
In Christ, The Father has not only
chosen to forgiven us, but He has chosen to adopt us as His sons and daughters.
As Son’s and daughters of God we no longer live life in fear and bondage but
now live a life of worship to God as Sons. (Gal 4:4-7; Eph 5:1).This adoption
not only changes our relationship with God but with one another. As Christians
who have been adopted into the family of God, we are now brothers and sisters
in Christ. Therefore it is our privilege
to seek to love and care for one another as good family. We greatly value life
together which includes normal things like eating together, celebrating
together, making disciples, and speaking the truth of the Gospel to one
another. As Jesus says, “By this all people will know that you are my
disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Jn 13:35, Eph 2:18-22).
Baptized in the name of Jesus, we are servants!
Though a King, Jesus humbled
Himself and took on the humble form of a servant. Jesus the Son of God, came
not to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many. We were
once slaves to sin and false god’s that put us in chains and led us to death,
but now have been freed from our old wicked master and Jesus is our Lord! Our
new master Jesus, is good and gracious and has set us free from sin and death
giving us abundant life! As we live
under His Lordship we are now called to walk in this same humility. We joyfully
submit to Jesus as Lord, the leaders he has placed over us, and to one another.
We serve Christ by serving all those whom He brings into our lives. Almost
every writer in the new testament describes themselves as a servant of Christ.
James, Jesus half brother even identifies as a servant of Jesus even before a
half brother. There is no extent to which the love of a believer should not go!
In serving one another and the least of these we give a foretaste of the
goodness of the King and His Kingdom to come and display the transforming power
of the Gospel! (Mk 10:43-45; Phil. 2:1-11).
Baptized in the name of the Spirit, we are
As Disciples of Jesus we have been and are being empowered by the Spirit to show and share Jesus to others. We
believe the Spirit does many things in our lives such as convicting us of sin and our need for a Savior, giving
the gift of salvation, reminding us of the truths of God’s word, and growing us
in the fruit of Christ-likeness. One of the primary things we see Him do is
empower us to be witnesses of Jesus in the ordinary rhythms of life. And as we live our lives as a family of servant missionaries sharing and showing the Gospel we believe the world will see Jesus is the one true Savior of the world! (Acts 1:8;
Gal 5:16-26; John 13:34-35)
We are a family of servant
missionaries who see all of life as an opportunity to bring the good news of
Jesus and His kingdom to bare. It is not through programs or great events that
we believe disciples will be made, but through His Spirit filled Church living
normal life with Gospel intentionality. Some of these ordinary rhythms we are
striving to bring Gospel intentionality to are:
Eating, Listening, sharing
stories, celebrating, work, rest/recreation, and blessing and receiving! (Col.