Sharing The Gospel, Sharing Our Lives

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  John 17:3

Eternal life is not something waiting for us on the other side of heaven.  It's something we get to experience now.  We're invited to know and enjoy Jesus in our everyday lives.  This is why Jesus came into the world, so that we would know him and know the Father.  This was Jesus' personal mission, to reveal the heart of God so that we might know him.  This is our church's mission as well.  

An organization's mission helps answer the question, what are we supposed to be doing?  A clear mission helps define why an organization exists.  Mission speaks to purpose.  Jesus gives the church its mission in Matthew 28 when he says, "Go make disciples of all the nations."  Simple.  Our mission is to make disciples.  That's our church's mission.  It's our mission as individual disciples of Jesus too. 

A verse that has become important for our understanding of how God wants to see disciples made at Rivertree is 1 Thessalonians 2:8, "We loved you so much that we shared with you not only the gospel but our own lives as well".  This verse has helped shape the mission statement of our church.

helping one another know Jesus by sharing the gospel and our lives

We are here to help one another in recognition that "two are better than one because they help each other succeed" (Ecclesiastes 4:9).  We're helping one another know Jesus because we "consider everything else worthless compared to the infinite value of knowing him" (Philippians 3:8).  We help one another know Jesus by sharing the gospel because "the gospel is the power of God at work in us to save us" (Romans 1:16).  The gospel is the good news that God himself has come to rescue and restore creation in and through the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.  We demonstrate the gospel to one another and to the world around us through the sharing of our lives because "we can be mutually encouraged by each other's faith" (Romans 1:12).  Jesus gives us the ability to experience life as God intended, in real community with him and one another.  Living together in community, reconciled and united by the cross, is a physical demonstration of the grace of God.

Rivertree is a community of Christ-followers committed to sharing the gospel and sharing our lives for the purpose of helping one another know Jesus.  This is why we are here.