12-28-2014 Our Church DNA

12-28-2014 Our Church DNA

141228DNA.007Theological

Who is this about? The church must base what it is and does, both in general and in particular, on who God is. The needs of people and the currents of culture are important and are the context for mission, but they do not primarily shape and inform who and what the church is.

141228DNA.008Missional

What are we doing? To be missional is to be aware of and concerned about what God is doing in the world around us, and to endeavor to be directly and daily involved in that. Mission is not to be seen as merely an activity of the church, but rather an attribute of God. All mission is God’s mission and we are invited into that mission.

141228DNA.014Relational

How are we doing it? God exists as a loving community. Part of what it means to be created in the image of God is that we are made for relationship and community. As the church, we are to be intentional about loving God and loving others in a way that exposes and explains to the world who God is. When we love God rightly, we get our identity and self-worth from His love. When that happens we are able to rightly love others and give ourselves away to the world in acts of love.