The church in all of life
Being a disciple of Jesus is an all of life thing (Mark 8:34)
That doesn’t necessarily mean adding lots of extra activities into your life (although there will be some). It means doing everything you do with gospel intentionality. Below are six rhythms of life found within every culture. As disciples of Jesus we aim to engage in these rhythms in ways that reflect our gospel identities. We’re not perfect at living these things out but, by God’s grace, we are making progress in them.
All people and cultures have a story - a way of understanding themselves and the world. God has been unfolding HIS story since before time began and we only really understand ourselves when we see how our lives fit into it. Therefore, we seek to get to know God's story better through interacting with his Word. We also make opportunities to share our own stories with one another and aim to do it in a way that makes Jesus the hero.
We set aside regular times to listen to God in his Word and through his Spirit. We also make the effort to prayerfully listen to others so that we understand them and their needs. That way we are more able to care for them and speak the truth of the gospel into their lives.
God calls people to regularly celebrate his goodness and grace. We gather weekly in gospel communities and regularly as a larger family, to share stories and to celebrate all that God is doing in us and through us.
God desires that all nations—all people—would be blessed through Jesus. As servants of Jesus we believe that we are called to live out this mission. We seek God's direction for who he would have us tangibly bless each week through words, gifts or actions.
Meals are a daily reminder of our common need for God and of his faithfulness to provide. We regularly eat meals with one another and others outside the church as a way of showing hospitality and building relationships.
After powerfully and joyfully creating the universe, God rested. We were created in his image and therefore were made to joyfully create and rest as well. We regularly take time to rest, play, create and restore beauty in ways that reflect what God is like to our community.