We gather together regularly to celebrate Gods extravagant blessings.
God tells us to celebrate his goodness and grace, by looking back remembering what God has already done, looking forward with great anticipation of what is coming, and demonstrating how amazing God is to others. We gather weekly in smaller community groups and regularly as a larger family, to share stories and celebrate all that God is doing in and amongst us. We invite everyone to these celebrations as a way of displaying God’s glory.
(Leviticus 23; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25)
We set aside regular times to listen to God both backward and forward.
Jesus listened to God in prayer to know his Father’s will. We are also called to listen to God. We listen ‘backward’ by regularly interacting with God’s Word- the Story and the Son. We also believe he speaks today through his Spirit in us and through creation. We spend time actively listening ‘forward’ to hear what God is saying to us today.
(Mark 1:35-37; John 16:7-15; Hebrews1: 1-3; Romans 1:20)
We understand, experience and intersect with God’s Story and Other’s.
God had been unfolding his Story since before time began. We believe we are participants in the Story and need to understand it and see how our lives intersect with it. Therefore, we regularly reacquaint ourselves with the Story by interacting with God’s Word. We look for ways and times to tell the Story often. We also take time to listen to others stories and help them find their lives within God’s Story.
(Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1; Psalm 1; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We intentionally bless others through words, gifts or actions.
God desires that all nations-all people-would be blessed through Jesus. And now, as his Body, we believe we live out this mission as we bless others. We intentionally seek God’s direction for who he would have us tangibly bless each week.
(Genesis 12:1-3; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 2:12)
We regularly eat meals with others to invite them into the community of God.
Meals are a daily reminder of our common need for God and his faithfulness to provide both physically and spiritually. Jesus called us to remember him and his sacrifice for us through a meal. When we eat together, we commune around this truth. We regularly eat meals with those not in our immediate family or circle of close friends, disciplining them toward a life of dependence on God.
(Leviticus 23; Matthew 6:11; 26:17-30; Acts 2:46-47; Romans 12:13)
We take time to rest, play, create and restore beauty in ways that reflect God to others.
After powerfully and joyfully creating the universe, God rested. We were created in him 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.
(Genesis 1-2:3; Deuteronomy 5:12; Mark 2:23-28; Hebrews 4)
We take responsibility to manage all that God has entrusted to us.
In the beginning God created all things and said it was very good. God then gave man the responsibility to care for all of it. Now we daily surrender everything God has given us big or small and cultivate it for his glory. We put our hope in the creator not the creation.
(Genesis 1-2; 1 Peter 4:10; Luke 9:57-62)