Who We Are
Family – God is our Father and loves us, so we love one another as family.
God has always desired that his children would love one another in such a way that the world would know what he is like. Jesus said that those who live in his ways and obey his Father are truly his family. Through Jesus we believe we are children of God and brothers and sisters with each other. We show hospitality to one another and eat together regularly. We also invite others who are not yet family to spend time with us by sharing meals and caring for neighbors. (Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16)
Servants – Jesus is our Lord and served us so we have the freedom to be His servants.
Fully God and fully human, Jesus became a servant. We worship him by serving one another and serving in a specific area of our city. This means joyful submission to God and to one another as we serve. Now that Jesus has freed us from our slavery to sin, we are free to serve Jesus: the ultimate servant who freed us from our slavery to sin. (Matthew 20:25-28; 25:31-46; John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:16)
Witnesses – The Holy Spirit reveals Christ to us so that we are his witnesses in word and deed.
The Spirit bears witness to our spirit that we are children of God. What God is doing to us He wants to do through us. Jesus was sent into our neighborhood to reveal to us who God is and we are sent to the people of our city. The Spirit empowered Jesus in word and deed and the same Spirit empowers us to witness to Christ through his word and the works he has called us to. (John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 8)
How the Gospel informs our identity
GOSPEL: POWER + PURPOSE
The Gospel is the good news that God sent his Son to redeem the world from the effects of sin and create a new humanity. Eventually the whole world will be renewed to the way God originally created it. Rebellion, death, decay, injustice, and suffering will all be removed. When everything is restored, God will be seen by all for who he truly is—he will be glorified. (Ephesians 2:10,14-22; 2 Corinthians 5:15-21; Revelation 21)
THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL TO SAVE
Jesus helped clarify how we accomplish the purpose of the gospel by giving us his mission: “Go and make disciples”. (Matthew 28:19). As the arts, industry, politics, families—all areas of culture—are being filled with Jesus’ disciples bringing about his gospel restoration, the earth is being filled with his glory! That is the point of the restoration of all things—that God would be glorified!
The gospel is not just about our individual happiness or God’s plan for our lives. It is about God’s plan for the world
What does SOMA Mean?
SOMA is the Greek word for body.
“The Biblical letter to the church in Ephesus significantly shaped Soma’s vision with Ephesians 1:22-23 leading us to our ‘Soma’ name: “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body [Greek: soma], the fullness of him who fills all in all.” We believe God wants to fill Tacoma, and every place for that matter, with the presence of Jesus through His body [soma] the church so that every man, woman, and child has a daily encounter with Jesus. We knew this could not happen through large group gatherings only, so we trained our people to live in community, on mission, in smaller groups called missional communities. As a missional community people learn together how to love one another like family, serve Jesus by serving others, and share Jesus verbally to others with the hope that they also would come to love and follow Jesus. It is not just an inward facing group but one that deliberately faces outward to a neighborhood or specific group of people who don’t yet know the love of Jesus personally.”
~ Jeff Vanderstelt, Preaching Pastor of Doxa Church in Bellevue, WA, and founder of the Soma Family of Churches based in Tacoma, WA.