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Our Gospel Identity

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.

We Gather | We Go | We Grow | We Give

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?

*You can find out more about our vision, mission and distinctives as a Soma church.