Identities

We are a family of disciples on mission for the glory of God, the good of the city, the joy of the nations.

 

 

We are a family

The picture of a family is the most widely used metaphor to describe the church in the New Testament. One of the most beautiful passages in Scripture which shows how the gospel creates this new family is Ephesians 2:17-22: “And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him, you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” This new family transcends divisions between ethnicities/races, socio-economic classes, and every human barrier to unity and oneness in Christ.

We are disciples

Another key gospel identity is that of a disciple. The gospel is a message with Jesus as its cornerstone, and Jesus was constantly inviting people to follow him as His disciples. Therefore the identity of a disciple is deeply rooted in the gospel. “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24, ESV)

We are missionaries

The third gospel identity which Emmaus Church is oriented around is that of a missionary. The gospel is a missionary message sent to us by a missionary God who took on flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus made clear on many occasions, in word and deed, that mission was at the very heart of the gospel. One of those occasions was when he said to his disciples “…Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21, ESV)