Every Sunday we have a quick intro class to life with The Well called
Starting Point. The question we answer is "What is The Well like? What are
we trying to create?" It is important to recognize not only what we want
to do but who we are to be. Followers of Jesus find their identity in him
not hobbies, failures, or successes. We are his. As a church in Boulder,
this means that we feel that we should be marked by 4 things:
1. Gospel-Centered: The gospel is what saves and sanctifies us. It
is God, His kingdom, and the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
We want to be a people marked by the Gospel in every sphere of
life. This means we recognize our need for a Savior continually
and bring the Gospel to bear on every situation. We rejoice in the
truth that God saves sinners; He saves us.
2. Authentic: We want to be community marked by relational
authenticity. No one is perfect. We should anticipate difficulty and
hardships in relating to one another as well as the joy that comes
in reconciliation. Hiding our sin and shame does nothing but destroy
us personally and communally. Everyone from pastors to babies are
in need of God’s grace.
3. Missional: We are a church that lives as a team of missionaries.
We were sent here to be lovers of God and all people. We take on the
attitude of a learner with respect to the culture around us and seek to
contextualize the gospel rightly in our setting.
4. Joyful: The overflow of our identity in Christ are good works
which promote the good of the world and His glory. We want to be
a people who are marked by worship in all areas of life so that family,
work, and play are all places where God is worshipped rightly. Joyful
living means loving and working hard, being faithful where God has
placed you, and seeking the good of the community around you.