As described in the Bible, the Church is the people of God. We may gather in buildings, but the Church is people redeemed through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Our church name, Uncommon Church, is less a description of how we will "do" Church and far more a reminder of who we are. Jesus Christ, through His life, death, resurrection, and ascension to glory and all authority in heaven and on earth, transforms us. Jesus makes us Uncommon People and gives us Uncommon Purpose.
1 Peter 2:9-10 says it this way...
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.
Living as God's people and for His purpose has been considered uncommon since Peter penned these words. Through Jesus, we are called to be in the world but not of it, to be like shining lights in a dark world, to believe the good news that most will consider foolish, to love a God we cannot see with all our heart, mind, and strength, and to love those around us, even if they're our enemies. This kind of life is out of the ordinary. It is remarkable. It is Uncommon.
That's the point. God transforms us into remarkable people and calls us to a remarkable purpose. But REMARKABLE CHRUCH or OUT OF THE ORDINARY CHURCH didn't have the same ring.
As God's people, we are called to spread the living hope of the gospel as we learn and live our new identity in Christ, empowered by the Spirit, and on a mission to proclaim the glory and goodness of God to the world. Who we are in Christ and what we have to share with those around us is UNCOMMON and so needed.
On our journey, these are the values we hold and what we hope to teach and encourage along the way...
Uncommon Conviction that the Gospel of Jesus Christ transforms people.
Uncommon Confidence in the power and effectiveness of prayer.
Uncommon Commitment to life-giving relationships and generous hospitality.
- Uncommon Clarity about disciple-making multiplication
- Uncommon Courage to follow Jesus no matter the cost
- Uncommon Contentment, looking to Christ for rest and provision
- Uncommon Consistency over time, making a spiritual impact for generations to come.
We are praying for an UNCOMMON movement of God's power and presence that draws worshipers and expands His kingdom throughout Lisbon and beyond in our lifetime and for generations to come.
Please join us in prayer for this movement of God in us, in Lisbon, and beyond.