Who We Are
Our Vision Statement:
To saturate Kitsap County with the Gospel so that every person has the opportunity to hear the gospel and experience the love of Jesus.
Being a Disciple of Jesus:
Jesus’ command to make disciples is rooted in the gospel announcement that all authority in heaven and on earth belongs to him. We make disciples because Jesus is Lord. Therefore, our discipleship must seek to obey what he commanded and modeled for us. We have identified three primary areas in which Jesus commands our obedience: Love God, Connect People, & Change the World
Our Mission Statement: Love God, Connect People, Change the World
A Disciple Loves God
"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment
Jesus said that the most important commandment in all of the Law is to love God with all of our being. It is this commandment that sums up what the Law is all about. Therefore, a deep love for God is a crucial mark of a disciple.
A Disciple Connects People
2 Corinthians 5:20
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
4 There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call-- 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, we are reconciled (connected) to all who belong to God in Christ. Therefore, through Jesus, we are connected with one another within the church. But Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Therefore, we also live our lives connected with those who are not yet part of Jesus’ family.
A Disciple Changes the World
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Through the death of Jesus, we are saved to God and for God. This means that our lives in Christ have a unique purpose in God’s world. Each disciple possesses God given talents and resources that God intended to be used for His glory and the benefit of others. Therefore, each disciple has an important role to play in the life of the church and the mission of God.
Our Strategy: How do we multiple and mature as disciples?
The 3 G’s: Gather, Grow, Go
We GATHER as the Church to worship God
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.
not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
The local and public gathering of the church is where we come together to hear the word of God proclaimed to us for our joy and sanctification. It is God’s word that continually and faithfully transforms us into the likeness of Jesus. (John 17:7) It is also the place that we nourish our souls on the grace of Jesus through communion. Additionally, the local church is where new believers are welcomed into Jesus’ family through baptism. Jesus demonstrated to us the vital important of regular attendance and participation in a local church.
We GROW in community through groups and classes
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Each Christian is a part of the body, Jesus’ Church. And just as the individual parts of our own bodies must be connected in order to growth and be healthy, so we too must be connected with each other so that we can grow and mature in our relationship with Jesus in every way.
We GO as missionary servants in our every day lives
1 Peter 2:9-12 (NIV)
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
Jesus saved us that we may declare his praises to the world. We do this in two primary ways.
First, as verse 11 indicates, we abstain the sinful desires that wage war in our own souls. In saying no to things like greed, laziness, and lust, we are able to say yes to generosity, servanthood, and purity. In doing so, we are saying to the world that God is infinitely more satisfying that anything world has to offer, even good things.
Second, we seek to love and serve our neighbors on Jesus’ behalf. Our lives need to be a clear representation of the grace of God in Christ. Those who do not yet believe in Jesus should be able to see our faith in action through our conduct. Our conduct should lead to openness to our confession (1 Peter 3:15).