When CHRIST deems us and we become a part of the family of God, we are given new identities and values. These identities are based on who we are in Jesus Christ, according to the Gospel. These are five identities to clarify who we are as a church. We are worshipers, community, servants, disciples, and missionaries.
All of us are worshipers and worship someone or something. Romans 1 makes it clear that we trade in our Creator for created things–things we make with our hands or create in our mind. Then, we expect these manmade things to serve and manage our kingdoms. But, we are not made to bow down to created things but to God alone. When we are redeemed in the Gospel, we are free to worship the God who made us and serve him!
We are a community of disciples sent into our physical community. When we are born again, we have a new identity with a new Father and a new family. This family cherishes intimacy and vulnerability. Apart from God, we live according to the world’s principles that destroy community. The Gospel frees us from petty disputes, brings about true forgiveness with each other, and eliminates our need to set up our kingdom.
Jesus came demonstrating a new Kingdom. This Kingdom would practice and demonstrate in small parts the gravity of what He has done in His cross and resurrection. When Jesus came to us, He came to serve us and now sends us out to serve others. We are free to serve and live out the implications of a new kingdom that is different than the world.
Disciples are learners in relationship with other disciples. In these relationships, we are called to learn more about who God is and live out our lives according to what we have learned. Discipleship is sharing life that leads to transformation. This life transformation takes time and accountability. In the gospel, we are called from self-destruction and decay to life-construction and growth. We focus on three things as disciples: providing, protecting, and leading one another with the gospel.
We are sent by our Trinitarian God because He is a God that sends. The Father sent us the Son to redeem us and sent us the Spirit to awaken our hearts. In His full rightful authority over the earth, Jesus sends us in the same attitude that the Father sent him. We are commissioned in love with a message of love to carry to the ends of the earth. We are commanded and promised that our labors will be blessed by God and God’s own presence will be with us in the work. We know that our mission will not fail because our God does not fail. We call you into a life that shows hospitality and cares for your neighbors. We call you to be intentional with strangers, friends, and family about the Gospel of Jesus.