The gospel forms and fuels the church, God’s people. There is only one gospel, but it has three vital aspects – Kingdom, Cross, Grace.
Kingdom: The gospel of God’s kingdom announces that life with God has come near to us and is once again available to all who put their faith in Jesus.
Cross: The gospel of God’s cross announces that, through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we have been made right with God.
Grace: The gospel of God’s grace announces that God accepts us and shares his life with us not because we have earned or deserved it but because he gives it to us freely at Christ’s expense.
What we do as the church flows from who we are, in Christ. There are five aspects to this gospel-formed identity. As his church, God says we are:
Worshipers who see every aspect of life as an opportunity to worship God.
Servants who have been called, created, and saved to serve God and others.
Disciples who are life long students of Jesus, creatively seeking to live like Jesus.
Family who are children of God, brothers and sisters of one another.
Witnesses who have experienced and been sent to proclaim God’s gospel to the whole world.
Every aspect of our lives and world matters to God. We constantly release men and women into God’s world to proclaim the gospel. Within this world, we inhabit five dimensions. God cares about each one and desires to see the gospel transform each of them:
Location: God has placed each of us in a specific location – a particular home in a particular neighborhood in a particular city. This is no coincidence. Where we live, what our home is like, and what kind of relationships we have with neighbors all matter to God.
Vocation: God wants to transform everything through the power of the gospel, including our workplace, whether you’re an accountant or a middle school student, a full-time parent or a government official.
Recreation: The gospel changes how we rest and play because we see it as an opportunity to declare God’s greatness and enjoy all he has given us.
Restoration: The gospel calls us to enter into this ragged, weary world that is filled with brokenness, and strive to bring about restoration.
Multiplication: The gospel brings about new life and so we seek to multiply our ministries, talents, and resources to the ends of the earth.
Though Sojourn is growing, we are far from our destination. We will not be content until the promise of the prophet Habakkuk is fulfilled:
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea“. – Habakkuk 2:14
Join us today in this mission.