Preach the Gospel
The Mountain Church is founded and sustained on the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel, or “good news”, is the story of the Bible that God saves sinners. From a cosmic and universal perspective, the gospel is the message that God is redeeming and reconciling his fallen creation through the person and work of Jesus Christ in the coming of his kingdom and future return. From an individualistic and particular perspective, the gospel is the message that we are saved from sin, hell, and death through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus by grace through faith. The person and work of Jesus is at the center of the Bible (Luke 24:27), and we believe all of Scripture points to Jesus and His redemption of mankind on the cross (Eph. 1:10). With this in mind, the gospel is central in the life of The Mountain Church. To preach this gospel story is to proclaim who Jesus is and what he has done for us. We herald and fight to believe that Jesus is more fulfilling and satisfying than anything else in the world. Jesus is the answer, and only source of life and joy in the fallen world that is.
The gospel is received and communicated, but also is that by which we stand. The Mountain Church believes that this gospel is not only a truth that saves (once received and believed), but the very power of God to transform. The gospel affects and shapes everything. Therefore, we regularly proclaim this gospel to transform hearts, minds, and identities. We explore the depths of the gospel and apply its implications to our lives.
We go into the world and make disciples by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Sprit. These disciples gather and scatter seeking to fulfill the Great Commission and Great Commandment as missionaries to the world for God's glory and our joy. Jesus taught his disciples that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord God with all of your heart, soul, and mind and to love your neighbor as yourself. This love for God and others is powered by God in the gospel. Jesus' final command to his disciples (the Great Commission) is to go and make disciples (Mt. 28:19). As we seek to obey Jesus, we do so loving our neighbors as ourselves, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Once a person receives and believes in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the gospel not only saves, but transforms that individual into a disciple. A disciple of Jesus receives a new identity, sets new priorities, and lives with a transformed heart. Disciples are students and followers of Jesus, members of God's family, and missionaries in God's kingdom. We grow in the gospel as disciples in community as we need the help of others to understand, appreciate, and apply the gospel to our lives. The Mountain Church will seek to make disciples through Sunday gathering and gospel communities where individuals will hear the gospel, abide in the gospel, proclaim the gospel, study the Scriptures, live in community, and serve the city.
We believe that as the gospel is preached and disciples are made churches will be planted. We understand that The Mountain Church is not capable or sufficient to renew and reconcile the city by herself. We do not desire to be a church that is an end of itself, but rather a community of faith committed to sending disciples into our cities, neighboring cities, and the world to plant churches. We believe the continual planting of new churches is the most effective strategy for growing the universal Church, building the kingdom, and renewing existing churches. Although The Mountain Church is in the process of being planted we are committed to starting new churches in the greater Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest or across the world that are centered and founded on the gospel of Jesus Christ. The message of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection will be proclaimed and disciples will be for God's glory and the joy of all peoples.