As followers of Christ we are given a new, distinct identity in Jesus (2 Cor 5:17, Col 3:3). We live in light of who He is and who he has called us to be through the power of the Holy Spirit living in us. As we read the New Testament, it is evident that a disciple of Jesus has certain characteristics. At Mystery we call this our “Gospel Identity”.
WE ARE WORSHIPERS
Everyone was made to worship. We all give ourselves and affections to something or someone. We’re hard wired to worship. Ever seen people at a concert or sporting event? Ever stood in awe of the mountains or the ocean? It’s in us, and it longs to come out. We’re a church that worships Jesus. As Followers, we live to enjoy him everywhere, please him in everything and love him completely.
WE ARE LEARNERS
To be a disciple is by definition to be a learner. We are Jesus’ disciples. He is our Master, Teacher and Friend. We follow him, learning to walk the way of Jesus and becoming like him. We know him and grow in him by the Spirit through the study of his Word.
WE ARE SERVANTS
Jesus is God. This was His claim, but His bold statement was not accompanied by arrogance or superiority, rather by meekness and service. Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. We live putting others first in caring, sharing, providing for and praying for them.
WE ARE MISSIONARIES
God is a missionary. He sent his Son to save the world from sin, and He sends his church. We are to be a city on a hill, a ray of hope, an example of love and a witness to the truth. Every Christian is sent to live on mission, sharing the gospel verbally and visually in their workplaces, neighborhoods, cultures and cities. It’s a lifestyle.
WE ARE FAMILY
When we, through faith in Christ, become a Christian, we are adopted as God’s children. What great news! In Jesus, we’re made brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers. This is the church. Christian growth always happens best in community, living as God’s family.