What do we mean by Wholehearted Disciples?
Gospel-centered theology and Gospel-centered lives. We seek to live dependent on Jesus and in a way that seeks to honor him with integrated, and not compartmentalized lives. The reconciling and renewing work of the Gospel is for the whole of our lives - spiritual, relational, emotional, physical, intellectual, financial, vocational, etc - and it is not the first step of the Christian life but the very thing we never move beyond. To say it another way, the same grace that saves us sustains us in every aspect of our lives. To be clear, this is more of a way of life than a perfected outcome. Our desire is to have lives marked by an increase in living out of our true selves, bold faith, prayer, living in community, joyful participation in missions & evangelism, a pursuit of personal holiness, patient acceptance, and things such as these. We repent quickly, forgive graciously, celebrate joyously, and lead with vulnerability and courage.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 6; Psalm 86:11-12; Matthew 11:28-30; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Jeremiah 29:13; Joshua 22:5; Psalm 86:11; Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 3:14-19; 1 Thessalonians 2:8; Philippians 3:7-8; 2 Peter 1:5-8
What do we mean by resilient hope in Jesus?
We meet change and difficulty with adaptability and resilience, in hope. We hold our convictions firmly and methodology loosely. We expect life and ministry to be difficult and unpredictable but for God to lead and move through whatever circumstances arise. We are not selfishly rigid, stubborn, unwise, or delicate. Instead, we creatively move through chaos and darkness toward relationship with a mixture of grit, guts, grace, and hope. Ultimately, our adaptability and resilience is deeply purposeful and hopeful in the God who loved us first, gave his son for our sin, rose from the grave, who reigns and will restore all of creation.
Scripture: Romans 5:3-5; Ephesians 6:10-20; 1 Corinthians 15:58, 16:13-14; Romans 5:3-5; Philippians 3:12-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; Hebrews 12:1-7; James 1:2-5
When we read the New Testament we found that the following priorities and practices were present in nearly each book we read:
1. Preaching & Teaching
2. Worship & Sacraments
4. Discipleship & Sanctification
5. Evangelism & Mission
6. Unity & Friendship
With these values in mind, we then looked at how our church has done each of them well. From here, we then tried to build a structure for community that celebrates and leans upon these strengths while adhering to the priorities set forth in Scripture. Because these are biblical practices and priorities that we seeking to apply to this time and place, we’ve described the structure not as a menu from which we select the most convenient aspects but a trajectory that we should be on together.
There seemed to be a natural division of these six priorities into three areas:
We gather weekly for the Word, sacraments, worship, and prayer. We also meet multiple times a year for Worship and Prayer Nights.
Men’s & women’s discipleship
We scatter weekly in small groups of men or women around the county to grow together through the Word, prayer, and applying the Gospel to one another’s lives through Discipleship Groups.
Relationship & mission
We open our homes regularly to share a meal for relationship and mission in our neighborhoods called Neighborhood Dinners. We also regularly invest in relationships with one another and those who don’t know Jesus yet through church-wide and social events.