Celebrate and remember the coming of King Jesus this holiday season. This Advent series focuses on the hope, peace, love and joy of the arrival of Christ!
We don’t see church as a building you go to; rather, we see ourselves as the church living normal life with Gospel intentionality. As Christ’s people, we try not to add a bunch of extra things to our already busy lives. Instead, we try to capitalize on what we are already doing in life—doing regular life with gospel intentionality.
The motivation for our vision, and how we structure and form all we do, flow from the gospel. We must get the flow right. We first start with God, who has most clearly and powerfully revealed Himself in Jesus Christ (Doctrine — what we believe). It is then through Jesus' life and work we rightly receive and understand who we are, both as individuals and as a community (Identity — who we are). Then, in knowing who Jesus is and who we are in light of Him, we come to know how we ought to live in the everyday stuff of life (Rhythms — how we live).
The Gospel of John provides us with a glorious picture of who Jesus is. He is the incarnated Word of God, bringing grace and truth to the world. Through Jesus, we can know God the Father and thrive in a loving relationship with Him.
Of course, just as there are no perfect Christians in this life, so there are no perfect churches. Even the best churches fall far short of the ideal. Nevertheless, any church can be healthier than it is. Christians should desire and labor to see healthier churches so that God may be glorified in His people.
All followers of Christ are new creations that have been given a new identity as disciples, members of the family of God, servants of God, missionaries proclaiming the gospel, and stewards of God’s economy for His glory and the good of the city.