Who Are We?

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We are a ragtag collection of people from many different backgrounds who have become one big family through Jesus of Nazareth who said to us, “Follow me!” Jesus has poured his Spirit and Breath into us and as such we have been adopted into God’s family–he has become our Father and we have been made his children. Jesus has called us on a journey of leaving everything behind in order that we might be set free from every slavery in our world and experience true and lasting life.

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On this journey we live under our heavenly Father’s rule–waiting on him in all things and trusting that he will completely care for us today and into the future. We say “no” to ourselves and “yes” to Jesus, listening to him and letting him teach us how to live and act in our world. We pick up our own crosses and stand up against all the forces of oppression, tyranny, and death that try to control us and others, trusting that our Father will raise our bodies from the dead, just like he did with Jesus. We bond ourselves together and hold all things in common, taking care of and loving one another in relationships that are tighter than blood-family. We gather together to study the Gospels and the Scriptures and to share in the Lord’s Supper that propels us out into the world to live like Jesus.

Our Way of Life as taught by Jesus:

1. Letting Go…

…of obedience to self, family, or world (Lk 9:23-25, 14:7-26; Acts 5:29; Jn 12:25; 1 Jn 2:15).

…of violence (Lev 19:18; Mt 5:21-22, 5:38-39; Rom 12:17-19; Phil 2:14; Col 3:8-9; Jas 1:19-20).

…of ownership (Ps 24:1; Mt 6:19-21, 19:23-24; Lk 12:13-21, 14:33; 1 Tim 6:9-10; Jas 5:1-6).

…of competition (Lk 4:5-8, 14:7-11, 18:9-14, 22:24-27; 1 Cor 13:3-4; Jas 2:1-6, 3:14-16, 4:13-16).

…of self-indulgence (Prov 23:20; Mt 5:27-32; Rom 13:13; 1 Cor 6:15-20; 1 Pet 4:3).

…of fear of death and worry over security (Mt 6:25-34, 10:26-31; Lk 12:22-30).

2. Listening…

…to the Father in prayer and waiting on him (Mk 11:22-24; Lk 5:16, 11:5-13, 18:1-8).

…to Jesus in the Scriptures, obeying his word, and trusting he will transform us in Baptism and raise us from the dead (Mt 7:21-27; Lk 10:38-42; Jn 5:25-29; Rom 6:3-13).

…to the Spirit in the rebuking, confessing, and forgiving of this community shaped by the Lord’s Supper (Mt 16:19, 26:26-28; Jn 20:21-23; 1 Cor 10:16-17, 11:23-34; Heb 10:23-25).

3. Following…

…with your cross (Mt 5:10-12, 10:16-23, 10:38-39, 16:24-26; Lk 6:22-23, 14:27).

…with self-control (Mt 4:2, 6:16-18, 9:15; Acts 14:23; 1 Cor 9:24-27; Phil 4:11-12; 1 Tim 6:8).

…with humility (Mt 23:11-12; Mk 10:42-44; Lk 17:10-19; Eph 4:2; Col 3:12; Jas 4:10).

…with generosity (Mt 14:15-21; Mk 10:17-31; Lk 6:30, 11:41, 12:33, 14:12-14, 19:1-10).

…with love (Mt 5:7, 5:39-48; Lk 6:27-36, 10:29-37; Rom 12:14; 1 Cor 13:1-13;  Jas 2:13).

…with the community of Jesus by sharing life and resources with them (Mt 12:46-50, 25:31-46; Jn 13:34-35; Acts 2:44-47, 4:32-35; Rom 12:4-21; Gal 6:2-10; 1 Jn 3:14-18).

We have been gathered in Kansas City, KS, since 1900 and are part of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (www.lcms.org). We reach out with our whole lives to care for our neighbors–friend, stranger, enemy, plant, and animal alike–in the inner city around us, listening to Jesus’ guidance every step of the way and not our own “wisdom.” Our whole lives are one big adventure centered around following Jesus wherever he leads us. Please see our Constitution to see more details about our values and how we are organized.

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