The types of values you hold set the proverbial ship of your life on a certain course.
Your values may be clearly identified. They may not be. Our values drive our decisions. They determine how we spend our resources, time, and cash. And here’s the thing: God has values. Jesus is the King of a Kingdom that is breaking into our world. There are many values that drive His Kingdom. At Missio Dei Community, we’ve identified four core values of His kingdom that we are passionate about pursuing. We didn’t create these values, rather, we have discovered them in God’s Word, and actively pursue to arrange our lives around them.
Everyone worships. It is the natural response to the true affections of our heart. We either worship in response to the goodness of the Creator, or we live lives of idolatry worshiping lesser-created things. At Missio Dei we long to be a community of people who respond first and foremost to God. We are a church that is experiencing the goodness of the gospel–freedom from lesser idols–and are constantly being re-centered on Jesus and His work in this world.
At the center of eternity lies a relationship, The Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit existing in perfect union. All people were created in the image of this relational God, meant to live like Him: in relationship with Him and one another. Yet we don’t. Sin separates us from God and from one another, alienating us from our relational source of purpose, value, and joy. But the good news of Jesus is that He, through the cross, is reconciling us back to Himself and to one another. In the gospel we are made family, empowered to live in honest humble relationship with one another. This is the church, God’s people united around God’s work, growing in genuine intimacy with Him and one another.
How did Jesus save the world? By entering it. Jesus, who is God, left his throne, his glory, and his comforts to become like us in every way. He wore clothes, had a mom, paid taxes, suffered loss, and delighted in joy; he became truly human and experienced everything it is to be human in order to know and redeem us. This is his story and he is inviting us to participate in it. Incarnation is to engage in the culture of our city by creatively practicing and proclaiming the gospel–to live incarnate: loving, serving, wooing, and suffering for the city–embodying Jesus in our communities.
At Missio Dei we believe that God has revealed the truth to us. But truth is not about having the right answers, knowing the right ideas, or checking the right boxes. No, ultimate truth is a person: Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” and we believe that He was right and that the only way to a true and meaningful life is through him. How do we know Jesus? We believe that God has revealed himself in the pages of his inspired story, the Bible. At Missio Dei we actively work to submit ourselves to God’s story. It is essential that we study his word because through it we come into direct contact with him and are transformed by him.
We believe in God the Father.
this ancient creed sets forth the fundamental teaching of Scripture in beautiful simplicity.
We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into death. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Following Jesus is about more than "thinking the right things" its about doing because its our practices that form our heart and imagination.
Hear & Obey the Word & Spirit – Receiving the grace of Jesus as He speaks to us through His Word and Spirit – leading us into holy listening, dependent trust and obedient faith.
Celebration – Celebrating Jesus through the grace of communal worship and the submission of holy rest – cultivating an experience of gratitude and intimacy with God.
Vocation – Participating with Jesus in daily mission through the grace of living out our holy calling as a community and as individuals – leading us to an awareness of our spiritual gifts and the divine opportunities in our daily work.
Hospitality – Experiencing the grace of Jesus by welcoming Him into our lives through the face of the stranger – making space for inclusive meals, acts of compassion and sharing the grace and knowledge of Christ with others.
Generosity – Encountering Jesus through the grace of joining him in selfless service and revolutionary sacrifice – teaching us that our time, our energy and our resources have been given to us to bless the world.