How We Live
B.L.E.S.S. gospel practices help us reflect Who God Is and What He Has Done.
God’s children are richly blessed to receive his Spirit as part of our inheritance and anticipate our future inheritance in him. Our father, Abraham, was blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:1-3) and showed generous hospitality. We are blessed to show hospitality through how we B.L.E.S.S. our neighborhoods and community.
Discipleship is leading people to increasingly submit all of life to the empowering lordship and presence of Jesus. We believe that discipleship happens in the every day stuff of life. Practically, we gather for two to three meals per week. These natural rhythms give us a framework to bless in all of life rather than filling our schedules with events.
Jesus teaches us to pray to our Father in Matthew 6. The first half of the Lords prayer is about loving our Father as He loves. The second teaches us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. As a family, we connect to our Father through prayer. We regularly pray together that our city would encounter the life-giving Jesus.
Listen and Speak the Gospel
We listen to the Spirit of God to learn how to disciple others. We listen in our own lives and others to learn the false beliefs so that we can (witness) point everyone back to true belief in Jesus alone.
We learn together as a Family of Servant Witnesses through eating together regularly and inviting neighbors and co-workers to join us. The primary place of discipleship (learning) in the New Testament is around the meal.
In the same way that Jesus served us when we least deserve it, we serve others even when they do not deserve it. Serving reveals what we worship and give our hearts to other than Jesus. Our desire is to serve and worship Jesus with all of our heart.
Everyone’s life is shaped by a dominant story. We take time to be shaped by God’s story. we regularly reacquaint ourselves with the Story by interacting with God’s Word. Jesus is the focus of God’s story and is meant to be the hero of our story. Our stories reform us best when they are informed by God’s ultimate story.
We will practically B.L.E.S.S. others through living as a missional family who has been blessed. This will involve eating meals together each week and inviting not-yet-believers to eat with us. We will serve neighbors together and show God’s love in tangible expression. We will pray together and study God’s story regularly. The time that we spend together will give us opportunities to listen and be able to identify false beliefs and witness (communicate and demonstrate) it more clearly to our neighbors.