Our vision for Jericho Road Nanaimo is to increasingly live as a family of servant missionaries who disciple one another in the way of Jesus. Missional communities are the primary way we live into this identity…
Family – A missional community is a group of believers who see God as our loving Father, leading us to love one another as brothers and sisters. We treat one another as children of God deeply loved by the Father in everything: sharing our money, time, resources, needs, hurts, successes, etc. We get to know each others stories and have familiarity with one anothers strengths and struggles in regards to believing the gospel and applying it to all of life.
We also seek to love the people around us as if they were part of the family, showing them what the love of the Father looks like and in so doing inviting them to experience life in the family of God. (John 1:11-13; Rom. 12:10-16; Eph 5:1-2)
Servants – A missional community serves those around us as though we are serving Jesus. In doing so, we give others a taste of what life will be like under the rule and reign of Jesus Christ our Lord. A missional community serves in such a way that it demands a Gospel explanation: lives that cannot be explained in any other way than by the Gospel of the Kingdom of Jesus (Matt. 20:25-28; Jn. 13:1-17; Phil. 2:5-11; 1 Pet. 2:16)
Missionaries – A missional community is more than a bible study or a small group that cares for other believers. A missional community is made up of Spirit-led and filled people who radically reorient our lives together for the mission of making disciples of a particular people and place where there is no consistent gospel witness. This means our schedules, resources and decisions are now collectively built around reaching people together. (Matt. 3:16-4:1; Jn. 20:21; Acts 1:8; Acts 13:2)
Disciples – We are all learners of Jesus who has given us his Spirit to teach us all that is true about him and enable us to live out his commands. Jesus commanded us to make disciples who believe the gospel, are established in a new identity and increasingly obey his commands. (Matt. 28:18-20; 1 Cor. 10:31 – 11:1; 2 Tim. 2:1-2; 2 Tim. 3:10-17)
We believe the missional community is the best context for disciples to be made and developed:
- through life on life, where there is visibility and accessibility
- in community, where we can practice the ‘one anothers’ found in the Bible, and
- on mission, where we learn how to proclaim the gospel and make disciples.