Onelife Community Church, like most churches, have groups where people grow and do life together. Our two types of groups are Missional Families (Missional Communities) and DBS (discipleship groups of two or three people).
The author of Hebrews speaks with urgency as he instructs 1st century Christians to commit to one another in real and tangible ways as they lived on mission in their context. “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another all the more as you see the Day is drawing near.” - Hebrews 10:24-25. In this instruction to the church we see four key elements that we think are often overlooked, and are critical to us being the people Jesus has made us to be:
1. Consider how to stir up one another to love and good works- We need to make a plan and consider how we will help one another love Jesus and experience his love.
2. Meeting together- Meeting together regularly is critical to being a family, and we must not neglect it but prioritize it.
3. Encourage one another- Satan is determined to discourage us and distract us, but through being a family we are a constant reminder to one another of God’s goodness and faithfulness.
4. See the Day drawing near- We must help one another remember that this world is not our home. We do this through engaging in corporate worship together, discussing the scriptures together, and praying for one another.
The Bible also informs us that we are all made in the image of God, and that we have new identities as followers of Jesus.
When we look at this thematically across the scriptures, we see three key descriptors of a disciple that stand out. We call these three descriptors our Gospel identity:
1. Family - we are sons and daughters of God our Father, we are no longer orphans, we have a people to belong to — a true and better family to share life with — the church.
2. Servant - we are a people who belong to God for his work, we no longer look to serve ourselves — but take the posture of servants pursuing joy in serving as Christ served.
3. Missionary - we are the sent ones of God, ministers of reconciliation, we have been given a new purpose and cause to live for — God’s glory in all the earth.
Missional Families are smaller churches within the body of Onelife who are living these elements out together. We are a family of missionary servants on mission in our community to lead people to follow Jesus in everyday life.
One example of missional church is known as Dope Church. They ask, "What would it look like for the church to wake up to it's true identity as a community meant to be in the streets in the gutters with people? What would it look like for disciples of Jesus to go to places no one else is willing to go?"
Todd Engstrom's explanation of missional communites (or missional families) and life transformation groups are helpful:
Below is a list of our current meeting times for Missional Families and Bibles Studies. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.