Who We Are

Gospel Identity

 

Shortly before His ascension, Jesus gave the command to make disciples of all the nations and baptize new disciples in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20).  By baptizing people into a name, they receive a new Gospel Identity.

This means:

  • Since God is our Father, we are His family - one family, together with Christians.
  • Since Jesus Christ, the Son, is our Lord, we are to be His servants and serve others.
  • Since the Holy Spirit came to empower us, we are His missionaries to the ends of the earth.

 

Family

We are children of God who care for each other as a family.

We are God’s chosen people – His family – set apart to live in such a way that the world would know what He is like. Through faith in Jesus, we believe we are children of God, and brothers and sisters with each other. As members of God’s family, we believe we have an obligation to personally care for the needs of one another – both physically and spiritually. We disciple, nurture and hold each other accountable to Gospel life together. (Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16)

 

Servants

We are servants of Jesus who serve Him by being His disciples and serving others around us.

Fully God—fully human, Jesus took on the posture of a servant. He gave His life, even unto death, so that others could experience salvation, peace, and restoration. Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves…” All those who follow Jesus are called to serve in the same humility. For us, this means joyfully submitting to Jesus as Lord, to the leaders he has placed over us, and to each other - as we also serve whomever God brings into our lives. We do whatever He leads us to do, whenever He tells us, and wherever He wants us to do it. (Matthew 20:25-28; 25:31-46; John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:16)

 

Missionaries 

We are sent by the Spirit to restore all things to God through Jesus Christ.

God sent Jesus to Earth to take on human form and live within the culture. He worked, ate, and interacted among the people; living in such a way that those around him could see and experience what God was truly like. Jesus came so all people, places, and things could be restored to a right relationship with God. In the same way, we believe we are missionaries sent by God’s Spirit into our culture to restore all things to God through Jesus. We live this through involvement in a missional community. God does not call certain people to be missionaries, He calls all of us. (John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21)

 

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