How We Live

 

Daily Rhythms of Life

 

We see the church as the people of gathering together to encourage, bless, care for, equip, and graciously confront all in an effort to grow more into the likeness of Jesus Christ.  This means we see ourselves as living with gospel intentionality, using the everyday rhythms of life to live out the truths of the gospel both with those who are part of the family of Jesus Christ and those who do not yet believe in Jesus Christ.  As the family of Jesus Christ, we aren’t focused on adding a bunch of programs to our lives, but seeing our everyday life as the program that proclaims to the world the hope we have in Jesus Christ.  Below are 6 ways we try to intentionally live for Christ in the day to day stuff of life.

 

Storyformed

We know and submit our lives to the Story of God, while also becoming familiar with each other’s stories and the stories of our culture.

We believe everyone lives life based upon, and within, a dominant story. As a church, we take time to base our life upon God’s Story. God has been unfolding His Story since before time began. We believe we are participants in the Story and need to understand it and see how it brings hope to our lives. Therefore, we regularly reacquaint with, and submit ourselves to, His Story by interacting with God’s Word. We look for ways and times to tell the Story often. We also take time to listen to others’ stories and lead them to submit their lives to God’s Story. (Genesis 1:1-3:24; John 1:1-18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

Listen

We submit to God through consistent backward and forward listening.

Jesus listened to God in prayer to know His Father’s will. We are also called to listen to God because it’s through the Gospel that we are made aware of our need for God and how He changes our lives. Thus we listen, ‘backward’ by regularly interacting with God through His word, both alone and in community. We also listen ‘forward’ to hear what God is saying to us today. We believe He declares to all people what He is like through His creation, and specifically speaks to those who belong to Him through His Spirit. Lastly, we also listen to one another and to those around us, in our community, in order to best demonstrate and declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Mark 1:35-37; John 16:7-15; Acts 1:8; Romans 1:20; Hebrews 1:1-4)

 

Celebrate

We gather together to celebrate God’s extravagant blessings in Jesus.

God calls people to regularly celebrate His goodness and grace. We gather regularly in missional communities and in the Sunday Worship Gathering, as a larger family, to share stories and celebrate all that God is doing in and among us. We invite everyone to these celebrations as a way of displaying and declaring God’s glory. We also enter into the celebrations of our community, celebrating the true God, in order to point people to the greater celebration we have in Jesus Christ. (Leviticus 23; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:3-8; Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:24-25)

 

Bless

We intentionally bless others through words, gifts, and actions.

God desires that all people would be blessed through Jesus. As His Body, we believe we live out this mission as we bless others. We intentionally seek God’s direction for who he would have us bless each week. (Genesis 12:1-3; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 2:12). 

Eat

 We regularly eat meals with others to invite them into Gospel Community.

Meals are a daily reminder of our common need for God and his faithfulness to provide 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; 26:17-30; Acts 2:46-47; Romans 12:13)

 

Recreate

We take time to rest, play, create, and restore beauty in ways that reflect God and the work of the Gospel 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 regularly take time to rest, play, create, and restore beauty in our community in ways that reflect what God is like. (Genesis 1:1-2:3; Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Mark 2:23-28; Hebrews 4:1-11)

 

(This was taken and adapted from WeAreSoma.com ‘Soma School Notes’)