At the Mosaic, we take our mandate from the Bible; from three verses in particular. Each speaks to God’s intention in and for the world and forms the basis for which we do what we do.

Ezekiel 34:16a

16 “I will search for the lost. I will bring back those that have wandered away. I will bandage the ones that are hurt. I will make the weak ones stronger.

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Our DNA…

 

Every community has a set of values and characteristics that distinguish it from others… a specific DNA. The Mosaic is a part of The Vineyard Movement; a network of over 1,500 churches worldwide, committed to seeing each generation reached by the power of the Gospel. You can find more information on The Vineyard here.

Along with being a part of The Vineyard Movement, we have some individual characteristics which make us who we are. You can get more information on our distinctive values here

Though we are a part of The Vineyard and have our own set of values; at our core, The Mosaic is about the “good news” regarding Jesus Christ.  We believe this “good news” – typically called “The Gospel”, reunites us with God, sustains us in life, and gives us purpose for life beyond ourselves.  Because of this; we view the gospel as being more than just a message to be shared.  That said; it is a message – and it is meant to be shared.

 

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Sharing The Message

 

It was the practice of Jesus to do so (Matthew 4:23). The early church did it as well (Mark 16:20). They did it because it is good news indeed, that God is rescuing His damaged creation. It’s good news that God has acted in space and time to reunite broken people to Himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor 15:1-8). It is natural to share good news.  We naturally share good news with those we care about.  That means the gospel is about people.

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Community

 

 

The gospel is not just a message to be believed, but a power to be experienced (Rom 1:16).   The gospel creates a new community, centered around Jesus Christ.   The gospel takes those once seperated from God and reunites them with Him (Rom 5:10) and adopts them into His family (Gal 4:4-7).   This family is made up all types of people – every age group – every ethnicity – every class (Ephesians 2:11-22; Colossians 3:11).   A family that is continually being changed and improved by the transforming power of the gospel (Colossians 1:5,6).   As part of God’s family, this community becomes a part of “the family business” – the channel for God’s work; His mission in the world (Acts 2:42-47).

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Mission

 

 

The gospel is a call to mission – a declaration that “the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15).   Just as Jesus became a missionary when he chose to enter our world in human form, experiencing life on planet earth as mere mortals do; he likewise sends us into the world as missionaries: “As the Father sent me, so I am sending you” (John 20:21).   We are sent to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to work for the restoration of all of creation to its original “good” (Gen 1:31; Rom 8:19-22).   As a gospel-centered community we seek to train people to live on mission in the practical rhythms  of everyday life.