Do you have trouble remembering important things? What practices and rhythms can better help us remember the True Story we live in?
This past March was a pivotal time for our church family. Fresh off the heels of a beautiful merger between Mosaic Community Church and Church of the Cross, we became Missio Dei Peoria—a church family committed to giving our lives to see the Valley saturated with families of missionary servants, witnessing to the Kingdom of Jesus in word and deed so that every child, woman and man has a daily encounter with the gospel. This is the vision for the entire Missio Dei Communities family. Our mission is to form, equip, and encourage families of Missional Communities in the Valley who declare and demonstrate the gospel. Each congregation of Missio Dei (Camelback, Mesa, Tempe and Peoria) is comprised of multiple Missional Communities who take responsibility to be a faithful embodied witness of the gospel in their city. We are committed to equipping spirit-led communities to make, mature, and multiply disciples who are devoted to the glory of God, the growth of the body, and the good of their cities.
Thinking through this vision and mission stirs my heart with joy! God is working in and through this church to reflect the glory of Christ here, near and far. I’m excited to be a part of what God is doing in this family, and I’m diving all in…are you?
What does it mean to be “all in” with the Missio Dei Peoria family? Consider theses four Missio “basics”:
We Gather: We gather weekly on Sunday morning to meet with God and celebrate all that Jesus is for us. We are sent out and empowered by the Spirit to share and show the gospel with our city.
We Go: We believe a missional community (MC) is a family of missionary servants seeking to make disciples who make disciples. An MC is not primarily a bible study, weekly meeting, self-help group, or a social activist group. Though elements of each these types of groups are often experienced in an MC, none of them fully embodies the vision and mission of a missional community. In MCs we gather as a community to worship and submit all of our lives to Jesus by learning to love one another as family, serve the “least of these” in our midst, and be a witness to the good news of Jesus Christ.
We Grow: We desire to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18) through God's word, through prayer and in fellowship with the Holy Spirit and family of God. Everyone at Missio Dei Peoria is encouraged to be part of a triad of believers called a DNA Group. As we're led by the Holy Spirit, we help one another to: Discover Jesus in the Scriptures, Nurture the truths of the gospel in our hearts, and take Action to obey what Jesus calls us to. These groups (three people of the same gender) meet weekly to share what they are learning and how they are growing as believers in Jesus. This is a time to care for one another and bring deep accountability into each other’s lives.
We Give: We are a people that share our time and resources. This means we help to serve our body in all the areas mentioned above. We are both free and gifted to do this. Free, because Jesus as King served us with his life, so that we can now serve others with His love and power. Gifted, because God, through Jesus, has made us and given us each unique personality and gifting so that we can bring glory to him by serving others in our community. This means we are generous with our money and our possessions in order that the world can be blessed. We are free to do this because God has shared his greatest riches with us by giving us his Son Jesus.
We believe with all our heart that Missio Dei Peoria is called to gather, go, grow and give for the glory of God--here, near and far! We’re giving our lives for this very purpose.
Join us as over the next four Sundays as we look at each of these Missio Dei “basics”. Our prayer is that your love for Jesus, His word, His church and His creation catch fire in your hearts. It’s totally worth it…are you in?
This Sunday we begin a new journey through the book of Exodus. Exodus is the second book of the Bible which continues the story of God’s mission in and through His people, first established in the book of Genesis. Exodus means departure, flight, evacuation. Here we see how God rescues and redeems the people of Israel, establishes a covenant with them, and comes to live in their midst, all in fulfillment of His promise made to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3. Throughout Exodus we will see three major movements take place: redemption, covenant, and tabernacle. These movements must be interpreted in light of God’s missional purpose revealed to Abraham—that of making Abraham into a great nation and blessing all nations through His people.
Exodus shows the role and identity of God's people in the Old Testament story, giving us a basis for understanding the church in the New Testament. In Exodus we will see God first work in Israel so that he can continue His mission through Israel, bringing about the salvation of creation and all nations. The missional nature of the church is rooted in God’s calling of Israel.
Exodus will show us how we can truly understand the nature of the Church and our role as God's missionary servants to the world. As a missional people, we understand that we are God’s people living in God’s way publicly before the eyes of the nations. We are a Christian community—God’s Family—sent to the world and existing not for ourselves but to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to those here, near and far.