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What is Community at Providence North?
MISSION of Providence North:
“To be a Gospel-centered church committed to glorifying God by making disciples of Jesus Christ.”
This is a statement of identity…it’s who we are. It’s who you, me, and all of us together are collectively. Let’s look at it a little more closely.
Gospel-centered church – The word translated “gospel” in the NT (euangelion) literally means “good news” and is used to describe God’s story of redemption (Jesus life, death, on resurrection) and the message of how someone can step into and experience personally God’s story of redemption. Faith in Jesus, by the power of Jesus.
“Gospel Centrality” is a phrase that describes what it means to live as this redeemed person in a fallen world. The Christian believes that the truth of the gospel is so overwhelming, pervasive, and profound that it permeates every aspect of his or her life. Stated differently, it is precisely because of the truthfulness of the gospel that the Christian lives every facet of life – whether family, social, or business – through the lens of God’s redemptive work in Jesus. The gospel is a new set of lenses we view the world through.
Next we exist for God’s Great Glory – Our primary concern is the glory of God above all. The name and person of Jesus is glorified above all other ends. Not our church, not our names, but the name of Jesus for the glory of God!
We glorify God by Making Disciples - as we live for the glory of God above all things, we do the things that God calls us to do through Christ Jesus our Lord. The great commission of the believer is to make disciples (Matt. 28). This literally means “to make learners, or apprentices.” This means that we don’t just live for ourselves but now because of Jesus, because of the gospel, Christ now lives in us and through us to others.
Finally we do it all for Jesus: We worship what we treasure, what we value most. As believers, we worship Christ because He is the only One truly worthy of such a high level of devotion and affection. “…In Him, the fullness of God dwells in bodily form.” (Colossians 2:9)
What does this mean for Community Groups?
The same vision for the identity of “big church” is for your community group,
Practiced differently, but the same
This amazing gospel Creates a whole New Community:
The context for a gospel-centered, God glorying, and disciple making church is never merely individual.
The gospel creates a new community, a unique community. “One of the immediate changes that the gospel makes is grammatical: we instead of I; our instead of my; us instead of me.” (Eugene Peterson, Reversed Thunder).
This kind of new community is not an optional thing, an “extra” for the Christian; instead it’s part of the overall purpose of God’s kingdom.
A new community is both the end of the gospel and also the means of spreading the gospel (or making disciples).
God’s promise in salvation is to create his “holy nation”, a people that dwell with him forever. God’s word says“I will be your God and you will be my people.” (Lev 26:12, Jer 30:22).
So Christians, who are eternally united to Christ, are therefore eternally united to one another. We all are ministers of the gospel for the sake of one another. Since our culture knows very little about true community, we will have to work hard at following a biblical vision for living in community at Providence North.
Our hopes for community at Providence North:
1. an accepting community that reflects the grace we’ve been given from Christ.
2. a holy community that urges one another to live God-pleasing lives.
3. a truth-telling community that is free to repent, and free to allow others to repent, because of the gospel.
4. an encouraging community that builds one another up.
5. a sacrificially generous community that spends its life and wealth on the needs of others.
6. a suffering community that loves and forgives others even when it harms us.
God’s Word on Community:
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 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.”
“And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.” (ESV)
1 Corinthians 12:12–13
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” (ESV)