This Sunday (February 19), we will be holding a short meeting after church to provide information about the two missions trips that we will be taking in the Fall. One of the trips will be through Living Water International to Latin America and the other will be through our denominational contacts to Asia. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Pastor Nathan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From March 3 - March 5, our church will be away at our all-church retreat at Black Diamond Camps in Auburn, WA. We will NOT be meeting at Kennydale Elementary for our normal Sunday service but instead we will worship at the retreat site at 10am. If you have any questions about the location or retreat details, please contact Pastor Nathan (email@example.com).
We exist to see the Gospel transform people into Spirit-filled disciples, who know they are the beloved of God, because of Christ alone.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is at the center of our ministry. The 'gospel' is the good news that through Christ the power of God's kingdom has entered history to redeem us from our sins and to renew the whole world. In Jesus, God became man, lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death and rose victoriously from the grave. In his death, he took our place, paying the penalty for our sins and experiencing the holy wrath of God. He rose again from the dead claiming final victory over sin, satan and death. When we believe and rely on Jesus' work and record, rather than our own, we receive the free gifts of forgiveness, salvation and righteousness. We are given a new relationship with God, new life through the Spirit, a new identity in Christ and a new mission for our lives.
Our Identity: The primary identity of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is revealed in His baptism. The Holy Spirit descends on the Son, and the Father proclaims “You are my son, whom I love, with you I am well-pleased.” This is the same identity we receive when we trust in Christ. In that moment, we are united with Christ, and so we too are the beloved son and daughter of the Father, whom He loves, with whom He is well pleased.
Our Mission: Being firmly rooted in our identity as the beloved of God through Christ alone, we are compelled to go out into the world (both locally and globally) to share with others this good news. Christ commissions us when he says, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you (John 20:21).” Our mission is to be the “sent-ones,” who go into our community and our world, sharing the gospel and praying that it transforms them into Spirit-filled disciples who know that they are the beloved of God, through Christ alone.
Our Message: The gospel of Jesus Christ is the core of our message. We are committed to preaching and teaching the entire Scriptures faithfully. Jesus taught that all of Scripture testifies about him (Luke 24:27). Therefore, our preaching and teaching will be centered on proclaiming Christ and His gospel. The gospel needs to be preached to both the unbeliever and the believer. For the unbeliever it is the power of God for their salvation. For the believer is the power of God for their sustenance and their on-going sanctification. We want to teach our people to preach the gospel to themselves daily, as they spend time in the Word and in prayer.
Prayer is a gift made possible by the work of Jesus Christ. As children of God, we now have access to His presence and power. In prayer we recognize our utter dependence on the Spirit to transform us into Christ’s likeness and to empower us for His mission. One of the great sins of today is our self-reliance or self-dependence. Instead of boasting in our weakness and relying fully on His perfect strength and grace, we rely on our own strength. In prayer, this lie is torn down, and we find ourselves fully surrendered to Christ, in a position of humility and submission. At the same time, knowing our standing in Christ, we boldly come to the throne of grace seeking mercy and grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). We practice such dependent prayer weekly during our worship service, but also during gatherings devoted to prayer. We also want to teach and encourage our people to set aside a specific time and place each day to seek God in prayer.
All of us are created to worship. We were created to worship the one and only true God, but in our sin, we have worshipped created things, rather than the creator (Romans 1:25). Through the gospel, our hearts are transformed, and we are redeemed so that we can worship Christ alone. Worship is not passive or a repetitive routine. Worship that is in truth and in the Spirit, is to be passionate, alive and expressive. We follow David’s example, who worshipped “before the Lord with all his might (2 Samuel 6:14).” We want to do this in our corporate gatherings in the weekend services, as well as privately in our times spent with God. Worship includes, passionately engaging in praise, joyfully hearing the Word of God, gratefully participating in the sacraments and cheerfully giving our tithes and offerings.
We live, as sent-ones, on mission for God wherever we go and whatever we do. Living missionally touches every arena of our lives, as we seek opportunities to share the love of Christ to everyone and in every way. Being missional includes the following:
Missions & Evangelism: Jesus had a passion for the lost. We must grow to have the same heart and passion as Christ. Our passion is see the lost come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, both in our local communities and among the nations. We intentionally share the gospel, both with our lives and our words, as we go into our communities and to the nations.
Mercy & Social Concern: Jesus also had a passion for the “least of these,” including the poor, the hungry, the orphaned and others in extreme need. We are committed to being a light to the community around us. We want to impact and bless our community by identifying and addressing the extreme needs all around us. As part of our strategy, we will seek to partner with existing ministries to most effectively meet the needs of the community in sustainable ways.
Radical generosity: One of the evidences of how much the gospel has changed us is in our generosity. Knowing the “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9),” we are moved to radical generosity, so that others may be blessed and ultimately give thanks and glory to God.
Church planting: We are a church committed to reproducing and multiplying. The goal of our mission is for the expansion of the Kingdom of God, not merely our local church. We want to be a church that plants churches that plants churches. We want to recruit, train and support other pastors, leaders and core team members to be on mission through planting of local churches throughout the US and the world.
This is the ethos of our ministry. Our God is a relational God, eternally enjoying the community and love within the Trinity. Part of being created in God’s image means that we are created to be in a living, dynamic relationship with God and with one another. Our ministry flows from people who are in relationship with their God, and seek out authentic, caring relationships with others. Christ gave us this relational model of ministry, in the way he poured himself out to his disciples, in the way he dined with sinners and in the way he loved those around him. We want to model this same relational ministry.
Fellowship, Community & Discipleship: We seek to do life together the way the early church modeled community. We seek to be intentional about sharing our lives with each other through encouragement, generosity, speaking the Word to one another, serving one another, confessing sins to one another, praying and building each other up in Christ. We will do this through small groups (Life Groups) that will meet regularly. Fellowship comes from a shared identity as children of God, a shared service and mission, and a shared responsibility to one another (adapted from John Stott.) We believe that a significant part of true discipleship happens as believers do life together.
Pastor Daniel and Lydia has been serving in ministry together for the past twelve years. Their family of four (Micah and Caleb) loves everything about the Seattle area. They love the people, the places, the food and, of course, the sports (Go Hawks!). They are passionate about Jesus and the gospel of grace. The message is simple. Regardless of who you are, where you've been and where you are now, you are BELOVED by God, because of Christ alone. The hope of this new church is to be a community of people living out and proclaiming this beautiful message of grace.
Nathan was born in the city of Renton and has continued to live all around the Puget Sound area. It was while serving in the youth ministry as a college student that Nathan sensed God’s calling to serve His people in His church. Today, Nathan desires to share the love and grace of the Gospel and help people to integrate their faith in their everyday lives. In his spare time, he enjoys watching boxing, taking naps, and drinking a good cup of coffee with his wife, Diane.
Grace moved to the Seattle area from Vancouver, Canada. Her and her husband, Andrew, love Seattle and are very happy to have made it their new home. They have been a part of Church of the Beloved for the last year, and have fallen in love with this community. They are very passionate about following Jesus' example of serving others. Grace is honored to be able to serve her church in this capacity.
LIFE GROUPS is the small group ministry of Church of the Beloved. It exists to be a place where gospel-centered communities can grow and flourish. We want it to be a “room of grace” where you can come as you are, regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey. We want it to be a place where anyone and everyone can come to explore and experience the love of Christ in community. LIFE GROUPS meet bi-weekly from September to May in different host homes. There are seven Life Groups throughout the Puget Sound.
|Dan D, Drew C, Katherine Z, Hannah L||Unmarried||Fridays 7-9pm|
|Nathan/Diane & Andrew/Grace||Young Married Couples||Saturdays 10am-12pm|
|Sandy/David||Young Married w/Infants||Saturdays 10:30am-12:30pm|
|Gene/Paulo||Young Families||Fridays 7pm-9pm|
|Peter/Salina & Jae/Samantha||Families (South)||Fridays 7pm-9pm|
|Daniel/Lydia||Families (Renton)||Saturdays 6pm-8pm|
|Dan L & Cindy K||Families (Eastside)||Saturdays 5:30pm-7:30pm|
We are passionate about and committed to serving and loving our local and global communities through missions and outreach work. We will update you here on the exciting things we are doing, and ministries we are partnering with.
REACH Renton is a coalition of churches in Renton that work together to serve and love the homeless and the poor in our city. We have worked alongside them in various ways, including serving dinner on select Saturdays through the Meal Coalition. During these times, we get to serve anywhere between 40-60 people from our community who are in need of a hot meal.
Love Renton is our annual day of service to love our community with the love of Christ. Towards the end of every August, we commit a Sunday to simply serve and love our city. In the two years we have done this so far, we have provided such free services as dental services through Medical Teams International, laundry service, professional haircuts, professional photos and family portraits, as well as give out school supplies, clothes and toys.
Birthday Dreams is a non-profit organization that hosts birthday parties for homeless children throughout the Seattle area. One of the co- founders of this organization is a member of our church and we partner with them a few times a year at Hope Place (Union Gospel Mission), to make birthday wishes come true!
Living Water is a ministry that builds clean water wells throughout the poorest areas of our global community. Every Christmas season, we participate in the Advent Conspiracy and dedicate the entire offering on a select Sunday to sponsor wells. Since our launch, we have sponsored four wells in India. We will continue to partner with this incredible organization through sponsorship of wells, and in the near future, send mission teams to help build wells.
We are partnering with our Northwest Baptist Convention in focusing our global mission efforts to East Asia. We sent our first mission team this past summer to serve the local IMB missionaries and their families, who are tirelessly serving to bring the gospel to the lost. This fall, our pastors went on a vision trip to East Asia to prayerfully consider the specific region and missionaries we are to partner with and invest in long term. We are excited about how God may be leading us and using us for the spread of the gospel to the “ends of the earth!”
Since the spring of 2016, we have committed ourselves to donating $1000 every month to various ministries, missionaries and non-profit organizations that are working for the Kingdom of God, based on nominations by our members. For a full list of all the ministries we have supported, check out our Facebook page!
Beloved Kids is our ministry for children. We've created an exciting and fun environment for our kids to learn about the Bible and Jesus Christ. First, stop by the Check In Station, where a friendly volunteer will be there to welcome you and help you check in your child. You can then drop off your child at the gym. We'll begin with a time of exciting praise and a short teaching on the lesson of the week. We then separate into five classes, where they continue to learn through various activities, crafts and games.
The five classes are:
Join us on Sundays at 11:00 am!
Beloved Youth is our ministry geared towards Middle and High School students. Currently, we have a Middle School Bible Study on Sundays and High Schoolers join the adults for their worship service. As more students join us, we plan on offering a mid-week program to meet the needs of our students.
We exist to see the Gospel transform our students into Spirit-filled disciples; who know they are the beloved of God, because of Christ alone. The goal of our ministry is to develop mature believers in Christ who are fully incorporated into the life of the church. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Nathan.