Category Archives: Identities

Identity – Learners

We are disciples of Jesus who take responsibility for our own development and the development of others.

Jesus learned from local religious teachers, by living in community, and through regular times of listening to God. Jesus called others to follow his ways, to be his disciples and live in obedience to all that God commands. He then sent these followers out to make new disciples. We believe we are also called to be followers of Jesus who take responsibility for our own development and the development of others. This includes both our personal time with God as well as involvement together in training provided by spiritual leadership.

Biblical foundation: Luke 2:52; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 2:2

Evaluate:

–       In what ways have you been able to grow in your knowledge of Christ?

–       Are you being discipled?

–       Are you discipling?

Practice:

–       Identify 3 people in your Living Room family that you can disciple.

–       Identify older believer that you would like to be like.

–       Pursue discipleship.

–       Understand your role as a leader is to lead the mission and disciple those in your family.

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Identity – Servants

We are servants of God who serve others as a way of life.

Fully God–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 one who serves…” All those who follow Jesus are called to serve in the same humility. For us this means joyful submission to God, leadership and to each other, as we serve whomever God brings into our lives.

We for ways to serve and bless others by tangibly meeting physical and spiritual needs.

Biblical foundation: Matthew 20:25-28; 25:31-46; John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:16

Evaluate:
–    Do I seek out the needs of my family?
–    Do I seek out the need of my extended family?
–    Who is God calling me to serve?
–    Who is God calling my Living Room to serve?

Practice:
–    Look for ways to serve around the area your LR meets.
–    Look for tangible, simple ways to serve others throughout your day.
–    Commit to a service project to do as a family once a month.

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Identity – Missionaries

Jesus was sent as a missionary to this world. Through the gospel he now sends us out to be missionaries.

God’s mission is to restore his creation. He means in which he does this is through his family. First, through the sending of his Son, then through the sending of his people. We understand that God blesses us so that we can in turn be a blessing. We believe we’re sovereignty and strategically placed in time and place by the Father to carry out his mission. We’ve been given gifts, talents, passions, and skills to carry out the mission of God in this time and place in history.

As missionaries we are called to declare and demonstrate the gospel of Christ.

Biblical foundation: Genesis 12:1-2; Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 10:14-15; Psalm 139:13; Acts 17:26-27; Jeremiah 1:4-5; 2 Timothy- all of it.

Evaluate:
–    Do you see yourself as part of God’s story?
–    What brokenness do I see in the city? On campus?
–    Does your Living Room understand the sending nature of the gospel?
–    Does your Living Room have a common mission to a people group?
–    Does your Living Room seek out your “extended family”?

Practice:
–    Pray about whom God is sending you to.
–    Meet in public places with your Living Room.
–    Invite your extended family to functions and meetings.
–    Look for the little moments teach the gospel to non-believers.

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Identity – Family

Through the gospel we are accepted into God’s family. That means we are sons and daughters of our Father and brothers and sisters in Christ.

Throughout Scripture we see that God’s desire is to create a people-an earthly family- who would live in such a way that the world would know what he is like. As God’s family we care for one another’s needs physically and spiritually. We understand that our relationship with Jesus is not just personal, but also communal. Because of this we are committed to encouraging, correcting, protecting, discipling, and nurturing each other.

As a family we’re committed to “doing life” together and intentionally being involved in each other’s lives.

Biblical foundation: Gen 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:10-16, Galatians 4:1-7

Evaluate:
-In what ways do we pursue relationship with the Father together?
– Are we committed to spending time together?
– Do we prioritize our relationships with each other?
– Is everyone in the family cared for?
– Does everyone in the family know what we’re doing?

Practice:
-Spend time praying to your Father together.
-Meet at least once a week as a family just to spend time blessing each other.
– Commit to learning someone’s story you don’t know that well in your LR.
– Share your biggest spiritual and physical needs with one another and serve them.

Adopted by Soma Communities and Missio Dei Communities.

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