We identify ourselves by what Jesus has made us through his death, burial and resurrection. Knowing who we are is an integral part of recognizing the people we are called and purposed to be.
WE ARE CITIZENS
We are citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom and servants of Jesus our King. This is made possible by Jesus and his mercy.Though we currently live as “aliens” and “strangers”, we eagerly look forward to our Savior leading us victoriously into his eternal kingdom. Until that day we live as ambassadors of that kingdom here on earth (Ephesians 2:19; Philippians 3:20; 1 Peter 2:10).
WE ARE FAMILY
The scriptures use such words as heirs, son’s and daughter’s and adoption to describe our identity. This is done so in relation to God, who has given himself the name of Father. In addition to this we are told to treat other believers as brothers and sisters. This language is used to describe the relationship between family members. In our first birth we are born into an earthly family, in our second birth, we are given a new eternal family (Romans 8:16-17; Galatians 4:4-7; Ephesians 1:3-6; 1 Timothy 5:2).
WE ARE MISSIONARIES
Just as Jesus was sent from God into the world to proclaim the good news of reconciliation to God, we are also sent by Jesus to proclaim the good news of Jesus and all that he has done. We love our city and believe that the gospel will benefit it in every way. Missions is not something we go and do in some far off place, it is something that we are everywhere we go. (Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 6:8; Matthew 18:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 2:9-10).
WE ARE GIFTED
We are supernatially gifted by the Holy Spirit with a purpose. In addition to receiving a new family in our second birth, we are also given what the bible calls spiritual gifts. These gifts are given to us for the purpose of bringing glory to God and to assist and empower us as we live on mission for Jesus in our city. (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 1 Timothy 4:14-16).
WE ARE ALIVE
We were once dead in our sin, but Jesus has made us alive through Him. One major attribute of a living organism is that it reproduces itself over time. This means that the church should grow in both depth (spiritual maturity) and breadth (numerically) (John 10:10; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:4-5).
WE ARE CITIZENS, WE ARE FAMILY, WE ARE MISSIONARIES, WE ARE GIFTED & WE ARE ALIVE.
When you know who you are you know what to do.