The Mosaic Nashville Threads are the truths from the ancient scriptures that are at the core of God’s story and at the core of who Mosaic desires to be as a community of Jesus followers.
These are the Mosaic core values. These are the essentials that are woven into all we are and all we are becoming – both as individuals and as a whole. The motivation for our life, and how we structure and form all we do derives from the gospel as our foundation.
We must get the flow right.
• We first start with God, who has most clearly and powerfully revealed himself in Jesus Christ.(Gospel)
• From Jesus only, we rightly learn who we are, both, as individuals and as a community. (Identity)
• Knowing who Jesus is, and who we are in light of Him, we then know how we ought to live. (Rhythms)
These truths shape us as followers of Jesus, defining our role in the movement of God. This is who we are. These are non-negotiables that we hold to, that we strive for. They are the Threads that we live by.
What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is the power of God and the Gospel shapes our identity and purpose. The gospel is called the “good news” and it is particularly good news about our sin problem.
In a nutshell, we can sum it up this way: The gospel is that God himself has come to rescue and restore creation in and through the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.
Why does creation (which includes me) need rescuing? Because of sin.
Sin is living for my fame and glory instead of God’s. Sin is living life my way, for me, instead of living life, God’s way, for God. We have all sinned and really need the gospel—we desperately need Jesus to rescue us from the penalty and effects of sin, which the Bible teaches is ultimate and eternal separation from God. When we repent (change our mind about who is really God in our lives) and by faith we believe that Jesus’ life, death and resurrection has secured our rescue and restored us to a right relationship with God the Father, then this good news is true for us! And we have been sent out to proclaim this same gospel of restoration to the entire world.
UNDERSTANDING TWO GOSPEL PERSPECTIVES
We can read the Bible across the grain (thematically) and we can read it with the grain (as a story). Both are necessary and each one leads to a different way of seeing the gospel. It takes both perspectives to fully understand and engage the gospel.
1. Thematically: The Gospel Power. We understand the means of salvation.
God — eternal, all-powerful, creator of everything
Sin —mhumanity has all chosen self-rule over submission, in relationship, to God; the penalty for sin is death
Jesus — God incarnate came to die as a substitute for the penalty of humanity’s sins
Faith — by faith in what Jesus did, not by any effort of our own, we are saved from our sins
In this case, the good news is that God is completely aware of our sin problem, and in and through the work of Jesus Christ, accepts us AND changes us by the power of his Spirit. We have been saved from the penalty of sin (justification), we are being saved from the power of sin (sanctification) and we will be saved from the presence of sin. This means the same power that saved us from the penalty for sin also helps us obey God now.
This results in my understanding that … I am more broken and sinful than I ever dared believe, and at the same time I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope, because of Jesus.
2. As a Story: The Gospel Purpose. Here we come to know the reason for salvation.
We can look at the gospel through the lens of a story … Creation ➞ Fall ➞ Redemption ➞ Restoration
In this case, the good news is that God sent his Son to redeem the world from the effects of sin and create a new humanity. Eventually the whole world will be renewed to the way God originally created it. Rebellion, death, decay, injustice, and suffering will all be removed. When everything is restored, God will be seen by all for who he truly is—he will be glorified. (Ephesians 2:10,14-22; 2 Corinthians 5:15-21; Revelation 21)
How does this happen?
Jesus helped clarify how we accomplish the purpose of the gospel by giving us his mission: “Go and make disciples”. (Matthew 28:19). As the arts, industry, politics, families—all areas of culture—are being filled with Jesus’ disciples bringing about his gospel restoration, the earth is being filled with his glory! That is the point of the restoration of all things—that God would be glorified!
The gospel is not just about my individual happiness or God’s plan for my life. It is about God’s plan for the world. “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” The people of God (the Church) then become an alternative city within a city to display, as a foretaste, what the eternal city will be like. (Jeremiah 29; Matthew 5:3-16; Luke 6:20-36; 1 Peter 2:9-12)
God, in Jesus Christ, has given us both the MESSAGE of reconciliation (gospel power) and the MINISTRY of reconciliation (gospel purpose).
Good News! When we repent of our sin and receive the new life that Jesus has offered us, we begin a journey of restoration inside and out. And not just for us—but for the entire world!
This page is adapted from our friends at Somatacoma.org
IDENTITY – WHO WE ARE Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus commands us to go everywhere and make disciples, teaching them to obey everything He commanded & baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and of the Holy Spirit.
If becoming a disciple of Jesus means dying to your old life and walking in newness of life with Christ as Jesus taught, then it’s almost inevitable that the symbolic act of that conversion should come to signify a death and resurrection.
So, Jesus commands baptism as a normative part of disciple-making because baptism signifies in an outward way what it means to become a disciple—death to self-reliance and a new life of faith following Jesus. — John Piper
Baptizing people into the name of Jesus is about establishing them into their new Identity in Jesus Christ. When a person becomes a disciple of Jesus, he relates in a new way to the entire Godhead. The Father becomes our heavenly Father (we are His family), the Son our Lord (we are His Servants), the Spirit our indwelling enabler (and we are His Missionaries).
1. God is our Father and we are His Family;
2. Jesus is our Lord and we are His Servants;
3. The Holy Spirit is our Guide and Sender and we are His Missionaries.
These three identities are true of a disciple of Jesus.
Family: We are children of God who care for each other as a family. We are God’s chosen people – His family – set apart to live in such a way that the world would know what he is like. Through faith in Jesus we believe we are Children of God and brothers and sisters with each other. As God’s family we see it as our obligation to personally care for the needs of one another – both physically and spiritually. We disciple, nurture and hold each other accountable to Gospel life together.
Servants: We are servants of Jesus who serve Him by serving others. Fully God & fully human, Jesus took on the posture of a servant. He gave his life, even unto death, so that others could experience salvation, peace and restoration. Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves…” All those who follow Jesus are called to serve in the same humility. For us this means joyfully submitting to Jesus as Lord, to the leaders he has placed over us and to each other as we also serve whomever God brings into our lives. We do whatever He leads us to do.
Missionaries: We are sent by the Spirit to restore all things to God through Jesus Christ. God sent Jesus to Earth to take on human form and live within the culture. He lived in such a way that those around him could see and experience what God was truly like. Jesus came so all people, places and things could be restored to a right relationship with God. In the same way, we believe we are missionaries sent by God’s Spirit into our culture to restore all things to God through Jesus. We live this out through involvement in a missional community.
Rhythms: Life & the Gospel
How should we live? We desire and pray that our lives are formed around the gospel, our new identity in Jesus and the rhythms in which He and his followers lived. We don’t see church as a building you go to, rather, we see ourselves as the church living normal life with Gospel intentionality.
Below you will find the normal rhythms of life that are lived within every culture. Learn how the Gospel affects the everyday rhythms of life. Spend some time reading through each life rhythm and the passages and continue to be renewed through the Gospel.
Story Formed: We understand, experience and intersect with God’s Story and Other’s.
Everyone’s life is shaped by a dominant story. God has been unfolding His Story since before time began. We believe we are participants in the Story and need to understand it and see how our lives intersect with it.
Therefore, we regularly reacquaint ourselves with the Story by interacting with God’s Word. We look for ways and times to tell the Story often. We also take time to listen to others stories and help them find their lives within God’s Story.
Listen: We set aside regular times to listen to God both backward and forward.
Jesus listened to God in prayer to know his Father’s will. We are also called to listen to God. We listen ‘backward’ by regularly interacting with God’s Word (the Story) and the Son. We also believe He speaks today through his Spirit in us and through creation. We spend time actively listening ‘forward’ to hear what God is saying to us today.
Celebrate: We gather together to celebrate God’s extravagant blessings.
God calls people to regularly celebrate his goodness and grace. We gather in communities and regularly as a larger family, to share stories and celebrate all that God is doing in and among us. We invite everyone to these celebrations as a way of displaying God’s glory. (Leviticus 23; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25)
Bless: We intentionally bless others through words, gifts or actions.
God desires that all nations—all people—would be blessed through Jesus. And now, as his Body (Mosaic), we believe we live out this mission as we bless others. We intentionally seek God’s direction for who He would have us tangibly bless each week.
Eat: We regularly eat meals with others to invite them into the community of God.
Meals are a daily reminder of our common need for God and his faithfulness to provide both physically and spiritually. Jesus called us to remember Him and His sacrifice for us through a meal. When we eat together, we commune around this truth. We regularly eat meals with those not in our immediate family or circle of close friends, discipling them toward a life of dependence on God. (Leviticus 23; Matthew 6:11; Matthew 26:17-30; Acts 2:46-47; Romans 12:13)
Recreate: We take time to rest, play, create and restore beauty in ways that reflect God to others.
After powerfully and joyfully creating the universe, God rested. We were created in His image and therefore were made to joyfully create and rest as well. We regularly take time to rest, play, create and restore beauty in ways that reflect what God is like to our community. (Genesis 1-2:3; Deuteronomy 5:12; Mark 2:23-28; Hebrews 4)
This page is adapted from our friends at Somatacoma.org