Practice The Way
"Come and Follow Me" Jesus- Matthew 4.19
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock." - Jesus Matthew 7.24
As a church, our community is built around discipleship to Jesus, or Practicing the way of Jesus, together, here in Dallas.
Our desire is to be a people who have deeply encountered the grace of Jesus in the Gospel and are thus formed, healed and sent on mission by a growing relationship with God and his people.
Whether you are at the beginning stages of that journey of exploring who Jesus is and what it means for your life, or are years into the discipleship process, there is a place for you in our church.
To pursue this end we have carefully cultivated a few intentional and meaningful practices to help all of us grow in our discipleship to Jesus.
They are as follows:
1. House of Prayer:
“My house shall be called a house of prayer....” Jesus - Matthew 21.13
Jesus calls his disciples to be a people of prayer. We believe that cultivating a prayerful life as an individual and being a part of a prayerful community builds consistency, depth and joy in our relationship with God.
We gather each week on Sunday to pray, worship, hear from God's word and with God's people to be filled up with the Holy Spirit in order to be sent out for the week ahead. You can get more information on our Sunday worship service here and sample past teaching here.
Additionally we facilitate various prayer sessions each semester. You can see the current schedule here.
2. Disciples Who Make Disciples:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” Jesus- Matthew 28.19-20
The second environment we seek to facilitate are our small group communities (called Lifegroups) and our Serve teams.
Our Lifegroups and Serve Teams are where we build meaningful friendships, are mentored, practice living as disciples and join in with Jesus' work through our church to our neighborhoods, campuses, workplaces, and city.
We believe that investing in a Lifegroup and a Serve Team helps each of us experience the satisfaction of growing strong in our faith and seeing others come to know Jesus too.
3. Loving Our Neighbors:
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4.7"
As a community, we seek to actively love our neighbors- our families, classmates, co-workers, next door neighbors and the marginalized and at risk of Dallas. We believe that God has a purpose for our lives that is bigger than us. Loving our neighbors helps us live that purpose and saturate Dallas with the goodness of the Gospel of Jesus.
4. Giving Generously:
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” Proverbs 3.9-10
We believe that one of the primary marks of a disciple is a desire to honor God with one's resources and to have a generous character. To that end, we train to honor God with our resources and live a life overflowing with generosity by worshiping Jesus through tithing to the local church offering fund.
Among other benefits, we believe this practice allows us to steward our resources in a way that honors God and cultivates a generous spirit in our lives.
5. Planting Churches
"I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."- Jesus Matthew 16.18
We believe that strong, healthy churches are one of the primary ways God spreads his goodness and glory through cities and nations. To that end, we want to be regularly planting new churches, knowing that is exciting to see the Gospel change lives.
We seek to train and send new church planters, as well as pray for and give to starting new churches here in Dallas and around the world.