The Bible teaches that if we are in Christ, the gospel has made us disciples who are now part of a family of missionary servants, sent to serve the world as disciples who make disciples. This is who we are. This is our new gospel identity.
The more we understand and believe this to be true, the more our lives will be transformed for God's glory and our good.
Take some time this week to consider what is true about us because of who God is and what He has done for us.
We Are Family. We Gather.
God, the Father, has adopted us as His children. We live in community as brothers and sisters, sharing our lives together. We gather regularly to worship, eat, celebrate, remind one another of the gospel and live life together.
We Are Disciples. We Grow.
As followers of Jesus, we are constantly being changed and transformed into his likeness. This can be an uncomfortable process, but a healthy one. Recognizing how graciously our Father has accepted us into His family, we have a desire over an obligation to look more and more like the children He has made us. We dedicate ourselves to growing in His Word and understanding our story through the lens of the biblical story.
We Are Missionaries. We Go.
Ever since mankind has rebelled, God has been on a mission to reconcile creation back to Himself. The Father sent the Son to earth to redeem His people. The Son sent the Spirit to enable His people to take part in His mission. We, in turn, are sent ones – called to “go and make disciples”, bringing good news (Matthew 28:18-20).
We Are Servants. We Give.
Jesus left his rightful place on his throne in heaven, made himself a fragile baby and came to dwell in our mess. He went out of his way to heal the sick and lame, speak good news to the lost, wash his disciples filthy feet, and ultimately serve us to the point of death. If the King of Kings is willing to serve in this way and we are called to be disciples of him, how could we expect to live any different? We are committed to serving one another as family, as well as our neighbors outside of the church. We have been blessed by God to be a blessing to others, so we strive to give of our time, energy, money, and resources for the sake of God's kingdom.