We are travelers on a journey together, sojourners in process. Our journey is one from death to life, from darkness into the light. We are on this journey because of Jesus, who makes us new and then invites us to follow him. As we follow Jesus, we become more like him. And as Christ did not live to please himself, we seek to be a church not for ourselves.
If we're not a church for ourselves, then who are we for? We are for Jesus - the One who loved us and gave Himself up for us. And we are for people - those for whom Christ died.
Why Sojourn? The word speaks to our identity as travelers on a journey, as those who are in process. The word also speaks to the kind of journey we are on: it has connotations of deliverance and redemption, of journeying from bondage and slavery to freedom. Sojourn reminds us of who we are, and where we are going.
If life is a journey, we want our journey to be marked most clearly by our destination: one opened up to us by the grace of God through His Son Jesus. We are travelers, yes, but we are going somewhere. We are going home.
We are a band of travelers who have been invited into this journey through the grace and mercy of Jesus poured out on us in the gospel. Because He welcomed us in and invited us on this journey, we want to welcome you in and invite you to join us. Whether you're already a follower of Jesus, or you have questions, or whether you're disillusioned with religion altogether, you're invited to come see who Jesus is.
The Gospel is the story of God's redemption of his fallen creation. It is the good news that God has acted in history to conquer evil and reconcile sinners to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This message not only brings one to salvation, but it is also the fuel by which the Christian life is to be lived. The Gospel story can be told in these 4 chapters:
He is the Creator and has ownership rights over all creation. He is the Loving King who rules over all He has made with kindness and wisdom.
The Bible says that every man and woman has rejected God's loving rule, and is separated from God by sin. The message of the gospel tells me that I am much worse than I thought.
However, the Bible also tells that God loves us more than we could have ever hoped. While we were still sinners, God sent His only Son to come, live perfectly, die for our sin and rise again in order to restore us to God.
Knowing all of this is not good enough. The Bible says you must believe it and turn to Christ in faith and repentance.
Here is a profound summary of the Gospel message:
The Gospel is not simply a set of facts to believe in isolation, but a power to be experienced in community. Jesus is not just saving individuals, He is saving a people.
The Gospel is shaping a new community, as those who were formerly God's enemies are reconciled to Him and adopted into His family.
The church is not a place, but a people - a community that is continually being reformed and renewed by the transforming power of the Gospel.
At Sojourn, we live in community by:
We believe that God has welcomed us into His family through Christ - freely and unreservedly. So we seek to welcome others into our family as Christ has welcomed us. If you are interested in experiencing this kind of community, come join us for Sunday worship or visit a Community Group.