Missional Communities & DNA Groups
The Gospel, In Community, On Mission
We desire to extend to others the hope and wholeness we ourselves have received in Jesus, in hopes that they will then extend hope and wholeness to their family, friends and neighbors. That's spiritual multiplication, being disciples who make disciple-makers! We certainly do this individually, but also collectively. It's in and how we love one another that we show that Jesus is who he says he is and came to do what he did (John 17:20-23) so that others may know him.
To this end, the gospel creates not just a new person (Ephesians 2:1-10), but a new people (Ephesians 2:11-22). It is in gathering for meals, recreation, service, and DNA Groups that we seek to live out our identity in Christ as family, serving together in Jesus' mission of extending hope and wholeness that others might see the transforming power of Jesus. The gospel, in community, on mission: this is the glorious life Jesus has called us into.
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The gospel changes everything. It changes who we are, which changes how we live: our "doing" comes out of our "being." Because we have a new identity in Jesus, we live that out in ways that show who Jesus is, what he has done, and what he is doing.
Family: We are children of God who love and care for one another as brothers and sisters.
Through Jesus, we are brought into the family of God. Being a family means sharing with, investing in, and partnering with one another in the love of God. We seek to cultivate such redemptive relationships, where we give a share and take a share in one another’s lives and “fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:1-2) in loving one another. In having our hearts knit together through community, we are demonstrating a desire and willingness to care and be cared for. As our relationships deepen, so will our love and trust of one another, so that we can better enjoy one another, and speak the gospel into one another’s lives. We can hear words and live lives of encouragement, correction, gratitude, repentance, confession, and forgiveness.
Missionaries: We are sent by God to see all people and creation restored to him through Jesus Christ.
Jesus came that we might know what life with the Father, and in his family, was really like. And just as the Father sent Jesus, so Jesus sends us (John 17:18, 20:21) to proclaim who God is and what he's done to redeem us and his entire creation (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Colossians 1:20). We expectantly dwell where God has placed us, living and laboring for the good and welfare of our neighbors, communities, and region (Jeremiah 29:1-4; Acts 17:26-27) that others might come to know and follow Jesus. Our hope is new life in and for and through the Oldest City by the power of the gospel. This can only happen by the work of God's Spirit, life by life, community by community (John 13:35).
Servants: We joyfully serve God as we lovingly serve others.
Jesus came not to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many. So also we, empowered by his grace and Spirit, seek to serve one another in word and deed so that our good works might show the love and care of God. Because of Jesus meeting our needs, we can think more highly of others than ourself (Acts 2:42-47; Philippians 2:1-8), attending to specific needs within the body and beyond, acting as relational bridges into the lives of neighbors and friends. As a body we mobilize for service within the church or community.
Learners: We pursue our own growth and are eager to come alongside others as they seek to know Jesus.
God’s Word and Spirit change lives continually. This Spirit-empowered, life-long process of growth is called "sanctification" and happens best in the context of community (James 1:22-25). Though growth and change is often difficult, gospel transformation is ever joyful as God graciously brings about a dying to self and a living for Jesus (Ephesians 4:13; Philippians 3:8-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-3, 7). Such learning and growth certainly happens individually, but we were created to experience this together as we bring the gospel to bear in all of life, and as we bring our whole lives to Jesus.