In the Great Commission, Jesus said to "Go and make disciples of all nations." So what is a disciple? Simply: a disciple is a follower. In our case, we are followers of Jesus. As followers of Jesus we have been given a new identity. Our baptism (in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) perfectly explains the new identity we have in Christ.
- God the Father has adopted us into his family. Therefore we are Family.
- God the Son (Jesus) is the King whom we serve. Therefore we are Servants.
- God the Holy Spirit sends us out in His power as Missionaries. Therefore we are Missionaries.
We are children of God who live and care for each other as a family.
God has always desired a people — an earthly family — who would live 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 (Matthew 12:48–50). Through Jesus we believe we are children of God and brothers and sisters with each other. As family we see it as our obligation to personally care for the needs of one another — both physically and spiritually. We disciple, nurture and hold each other accountable to this covenant life together. We do this through regular celebration gatherings and consistent involvement in a discipleship group. (Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16)
We are sent by God to restore all things to himself.
God sent his son, Jesus, to Earth to take on human form and live within the culture. He lived among the people, working and eating — living in such a way that those around him could see and experience what God was truly like. Jesus came so that all people, places and things could be restored to a right relationship with God. In the same way, we believe we are missionaries sent into our culture to restore all things to God through Jesus. We live this out as part of a missional community. (John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
We are servants of God who serve others as a way of life.
Fully God and fully human, Jesus took on the posture of a servant. He gave his life, even unto death, so that others could experience salvation, peace and restoration. Jesus said, I am among you as the one who serves. (Luke 22:27) All those who follow Jesus are called to serve with the same humility. For us this means joyful submission to God, to leadership and to each other, as we serve whomever God brings into our lives. We do whatever needs doing, whenever it is needed and wherever it leads us. (Matthew 20:25-28; 25:31-46; John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:16)