We seek to give ourselves completely to God through concrete disciplines and practices.
If we are a family, but not partners in the gospel, we have lost our way. If we are church but do not worship the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, what does it avail us. Together we want to be disciples of the Triune God and partners in the gospel of Christ.
Love is not just a feeling that happens to us; rather, the best love flows from lives of discipleship. Our world does not naturally lead us to love—it leads us to bondage to rivalry, envy, violence and the fear of death. We have chosen to be bondservants of the Living God. As Christ’s disciples we try to model our lives on his life of self-giving love. This means giving of ourselves daily, in costly ways, taking up the cross and finding life in Christ’s resurrection. It means living committed lives together in service to God and to his Church.
We believe that God calls us as a church to continue on the path we’ve been on. God has not called us to a different vision of church, but calls us to renew our vision and enthusiastically live into our high calling. This vision is undergirded by our commitments, and supported by concrete practices and disciplines.
There is a danger in calling people to specific commitments, practices and disciplines. As the Pharisees demonstrated, disciplines and practices can easily become ends in themselves. We want to carefully guard against legalism and self-righteousness, remembering that the practices and disciplines don’t exist for their own sake but as a way to give ourselves to God and to one another. However, it is equally as dangerous to reject or ignore commitments, disciplines and practices. We don’t want to end up living shallow lives of faith, primarily defined by the commitments, practices and disciplines of the world. To live without specific practices and disciplines is to undercut necessary building blocks to spiritual growth and maturity, and it makes being a people together virtually impossible.
We believe that our commitments, practices and disciplines describe a significant part of what it means to daily live as members of the Church of the Sojourners. We believe that we are not called to depart from these, but instead let God breathe new life into them. We may need to add new commitments to these. We may need to modify or change our supporting practices or disciplines along the way.
“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” -Julian of Norwich