At Resonate, we believe following Christ involves both the Gathered & the Scattered. What we mean is that the Church is called to be both gathered, which is normally where we put the emphasis here in America on Sundays, and scattered, with an emphasis on personal and corporate mission. Certainly Scripture establishes the act of meeting together as the body of Christ (Acts 14:27; 18:22; 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11), but there are six other days of the week that are just as vital to our discipleship, including practicing the one another’s with believers and being followers of Jesus on mission. We put an emphasis on our three values below both in our Sunday gatherings, as well as our weekly walk and LifeGroups.
The three directions at Resonate, which follow Jesus’ Great Commission for his disciples:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20
Upward involves “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” Upward is directly focused on teaching and growing more mature in our relationship and walk with Christ.
Inward involves “baptizing them…”. Baptism ultimately is for the community, since its a practice that we cannot do in isolation. Inward is all about the community, and growing through connections.
Outward involves “make disciples.” Jesus statement certainly implies that its about people who aren’t disciples already. Outward is totally focused on sharing the love of Christ outside our walls, through both word and deed.