As we head towards our 5 year anniversary as a church, we feel that God has given us ‘everything we need for life and godliness’ (2 Peter 1:3) – everything we need to become the church that he’s called us to be. In this series, we take a look at these basic ‘building blocks’ that define our identity, mission and culture.
PART 1: OUR IDENTITY
It’s one thing to read the Bible and mentally assent to what it says about who we are as individuals and as a community, but it’s another to truly believe it and live it out. In this message we examine once again how as Paul says, “we are being built together to become dwelling in which God dwells by his Spirit,” and what that looks like, not just on Sundays, but every single day.
PART 2: OUR MISSION
Jesus appointed twelve disciples that they might be with him and that he might send them out (Mark 3:14). We are not called out as God’s people for the sake of meeting together on Sundays; we’re called to him that he might send us out! In this message we examine what God’s call to his church in relation to him, to fellow believers, and to those who don’t yet know him as Lord.
PART 3: OUR VALUES
The only way to find out what someone truly values is to spend time with them. Values are only values if they are clearly seen and experienced by those looking in. In Galatians 2, the apostles in Jerusalem agreed that Paul should continue to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, but asked him to remember one thing: the poor. They were happy with his identity and mission, but wanted to impress on him a core value of the early church. God has likewise imprinted his values on us over the last five years. In this message we remind ourselves of these things.