The New Testament refers to the church as the people Jesus gathered to Himself. Our aim is to live out our identity as the church in everyday life. Rather than adding more activity to our hectic schedules, we seek to be more intentional in the rhythms we are already living out. Our desire is to redeem these everyday rhythms of life in order to enjoy, display, and spread the glory of God.
We intentionally bless others through words, gifts, and actions. God desires that all nations—all people—would be blessed through Jesus. As His Body, we live out this mission as we bless others. We intentionally seek God's direction for who He would have us tangibly bless each week. (Genesis 12:1-3; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 2:12)
We set aside regular times to listen to God. Jesus listened to God in prayer to know His Father’s will. We are also called to listen to God. So we listen by regularly interacting with God through His Word, and we listen by making space to hear His Spirit through prayer and reflection. We also make time to listen to the stories of our neighbors and help them find their lives within God’s great Story as well. (Mark 1:35; John 15:7; Hebrews 1:1-3)
We regularly eat meals with others to invite them into the community of God. Meals are a daily reminder of our common need for God to provide for us – both physically and spiritually. Jesus called us to remember Him and His sacrifice for us through a meal. When we eat together, we commune around this truth. We regularly eat meals with those not in our immediate family or circle of close friends, discipling them toward a life of dependence on God. (Leviticus 23; Matthew 6:11; 25:17-30; Acts 2: 42-47; Romans 12:13)
Words are powerful. Therefore, we are intentional in the ways we use our words to speak to God in prayer and to encourage each other with the good news of Jesus. As we drink of the gospel more and more deeply, our natural response will always be to run back to God in prayer recognizing our ultimate dependence on Him. We also desire our words to be ‘gospel saturated’ that our conversations may overflow with the joy and grace of Jesus. Finally, we desire to “gospel” both believers and non-believers in everyday life, keeping the good news of Jesus central in both our evangelism and discipleship. (James 3:1-5; Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21; Colossians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 4:14-16; 10:19-22)
We take time to rest, celebrate, recreate, and restore beauty in ways that reflect God to others. After powerfully and joyfully creating the universe, God rested. We were created in His image and therefore were made to joyfully create and rest as well. We gather weekly in Gospel Communities, and as a larger family in our Worship Gatherings, to celebrate all that God is doing among us. We invite everyone to these celebrations as a way of displaying God's glory. (Genesis 2:1-3; Deuteronomy 5:12; Mark 2:23-28; Hebrews 4:1-13; 10:24-25)