If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this (our restoration) is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God (2Corinth. 5.18-20).
By grace, through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ,we are restored into relationship with God, others, the self, and the world.
We are worshippers | Sons & daughters of God
All of life is worship and everyone worships something…or someone. We were created to worship God. Because of sin, men have a worship disorder—they make idols of creation. The cross of Christ captivates our hearts and restores our worship through His Word by His Spirit. The deeper the gospel goes into our hearts, the wider the worship goes into our lives. We worship God rightly when we know rightly as revealed through His Word by His Spirit. If we are worshippers we must be theological (Jn 4.24; Rom.12.1; 1Cor. 10.31).
We are family | Brothers & Sisters in Christ
The gospel of Jesus has saved us and brought us into a universal and local family known as the church. Through faith in Christ, we are adopted into the household of God. Community is not option, it is necessary. We are the body of Christ, needed and in need, to be built up together. If we are family we must be relational (1Cor. 12; Eph. 2:19–22).
We are disciples | Men & Women of the Way
As followers of Christ, we are deeply committed to obeying Jesus. Motivated by the Cross and the Resurrection, we make use of the power of Christ in us in order to live out His character. Over time, we submit more and more aspects of our lives to the Lordship of Jesus. Our identity in Christ transforms the way we think, act, and perceive. In time, we become in practice (e.g. as husbands, wives, friends, workers, etc.) who we are in position through Christ. If we are disciples we must be Christological (Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 8:28-30).
We are ambassadors | Missionaries in & to the world
God sent his son, Jesus, to live within the culture. He worked, ate and interacted among the people; living in such a way that those around him could see and experience what God was truly like. Jesus came to restore man’s relationship with God. In the same way, this is not our home. We are called out of the world and sent into it. In Christ, we are missionaries sent into our culture to restore all things to God through Jesus. What begins in our homes must extend into our city and beyond. If we are ambassadors we must be missional (Jn 17.18; Col. 1:19; 2Cor.5:16ff).