The House

a ministry of gathering focused on mission and discipleship

 “Mission is not merely an activity of the church, it is the result of God’s initiative, rooted in God’s purpose to restore and heal creation.  Mission means sending and it is the central Biblical theme describing the purpose of God’s action in human history.  God’s mission began with the call of Israel to receive God’s blessings in order to be a blessing to the nations.  God’s mission unfolded in the history of God’s people across the centuries recorded in Scripture, and it reached its revelatory climax in the incarnation of God’s work of salvation in Jesus ministering, crucified, and resurrected...It continues in the worldwide witness of churches in every culture to the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Darrell Guder

 "The human race is in trouble.  We've been in trouble for a long time...the most comprehensive term for what God is doing to get us out of the mess we are in is salvation.  Salvation is God doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves."  Eugene Peterson

God's restoration of creation and salvation are complete in Jesus. Jesus entered into the cracks and crevices of a society, deeply connected with people, and lived out God's reality and vision for his created world: 
forgiveness and compassion, healing and illumination, mercy and grace, joy and love, freedom and resurrection,  All the parts of our lives - work, family, friends, memories, dreams are complete in Jesus - our lives are pulled together and made whole. 

This work of restoration and salvation are dynamic forces at the heart of the universe, and we can join in vigorously and perseveringly.  God's vision for his created world becomes a reality as more and more lives are pulled together, transformed, and renewed.  It is through transformed lives that God puts the world to right.