Relationship Among Our Neighbors in Everyday Life
The Apostle Peter wrote, “Live such good lives among your neighbors that they will see your good deeds and glorify God.” 1 Peter 2:12
Redeeming Mercy does not see church as a place we go, the programs we provide and attend or even as the institution that has dominated Christian life over the last 2000 years.
The church is the people of God doing the work of God in God’s world.
We believe strongly in being “in the world,” actively performing ministry within the secular community that brings value and promise into the greater human community. The people of Redeeming Mercy Communities actively engage in community-sponsored activities, serving wherever we can to help community leaders help community members.
As we do, we are bringing the kingdom of Jesus along with us.
As the hands and feet of Jesus, we go and seek opportunities to serve individuals and families whenever and whenever we can. We build relationships, we encourage people to take steps toward a more meaningful relationship with God and we provide opportunities right within their local community for them to engage with others who are doing the same.
Redeeming Mercy is bringing the ministry of the church into the everyday stuff of life.
As a local home-based hub of ministry and mission, the Mercy Community (MC) is organized and overseen by local leaders who are each deeply invested in ministering within their local community. The MC is our primary framework for church ministry and mission and what we believe to be a true expression of New Testament church life lived out in the everyday.
Its family-like format is an ideal environment for any community member seeking a more meaningful relationship with God. Any local individual within the local community is welcome to engage with MC members at any time – no special invitation required – and a variety of neighbors may be specifically invited to participate in any number of MC activities. The makeup of the MC is the natural result of relationships being built organically within the community.
In whatever way folks engage, a Mercy Community is a collective of men and women and their families who together are learning to follow God in close-knit community.
WHAT DOES ORGANIC MC MISSION LOOK LIKE?
Every neighborhood has its own set of daily rhythms and values, so each Mercy Community will look somewhat different in its lifestyle while maintaining the common ideals of gospel-oriented, gospel-centered, gospel-driven Worship, Community and Mission.
All cultures express relationship through six common rhythms. MC participants look to connect with others in the community by understanding and interacting around these six rhythms.
Every person has a story as does every people-group. Understanding and encouraging communication in and around the personal or local story will develop relationship.
Understanding comes through asking good questions, listening and engagement occurs when we answer the questions that are actually being asked.
When what is most desired or needed is received, it is a considered blessing and opens the door to deeper relationship.
Done together, eating is an expression of family, love and acceptance. Eating together expresses and develops relationship like nothing else.
We celebrate what we value and value what we celebrate. Entering into local celebrations, serving to advance and improve the community celebration builds trusting and lasting relationship.
Spiritual and physical rest will result in productivity creativity. Our American secular culture moves at a frenetic pace. Being a people who are at rest will speak peace in such an environment and allow us to have the energy to serve our weary and burdened neighbors.
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Investing deeply in everyday relationship, we are prayerfully and intentionally encouraging individuals to engage in a deeper worship relationship with their God.
Our Mercy Community Gathering takes these relationships a step further and deeper, providing spiritual relationships and learning opportunities that nourish and encourage faith as well providing access to a more fully integrated life in God.
While much of our Redeeming Mercy ministry is mission focused, we believe all Christians, and especially those investing their lives 24/7 in intentional mission, need to take time out of their busy week to simply enjoy the presence of God together with other gathered believers.
We encourage all of our MC participants and especially our members, to take time each Sunday to gather and focus all of their attention and affection on God.
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Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me