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Perhaps the most important thing for you to know about the vision and culture of Reach is this: we don’t go to church. We are the church; a mashed-together family from all kinds of backgrounds, with all kinds of stories, that has come to an incredible agreement: Jesus saves, sustains, and satisfies broken people like us.
God didn’t reveal himself to the world as an outside observer - he lived among us. So that’s what we do. We fight the temptation to be a cold institution of spectators and strive to live as a family right in the middle of the joys and sorrows this world has to offer. Simply put, we’re all in this together.
So how would a community of people who believe they are the church live day-to-day? They would take all that “family” rhetoric and make it real as they lived out a new identity. They would serve others the way Jesus served them. They would sacrifice for one another. They would invite people into their family. It would look pretty countercultural, to say the least.
God is bringing hope and healing into every nook and cranny of the world, and He is inviting us to be a part of it - the formerly hopeless becoming ambassadors of hope.
The word “Gospel” means “good news”. The good news is Jesus — who He is, what He’s done and what He’s inviting you into. Through Jesus, God is reaching out to you so He can have a relationship with you, because He loves you. If this is true (and it is), everything changes.
When you realize you have been rescued, you want to get to know your rescuer. We try to make our entire lives a “thank you” to Jesus for what He’s given us through the Gospel.
We don’t go to church, we are the church. We like to joke that Reach is a big family that puts the “fun” in “dysfunctional.” Since church is not a building, event, or institution, we do life together believing that profound experiences happen in living rooms and coffee shops as often as they do in crowded auditoriums. “Family” isn’t just a buzz-word for us—we all need people we can trust and grow with. No Lone Rangers here.
Jesus came to us when we were hopeless. Now, He invites us to be a part of what He’s already doing in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces—the hopeless becoming ambassadors of hope. It’s fitting to call ourselves missionaries, because Jesus has made us a part of His mission. When we start living on mission, God gets glory and we get unimaginable joy—this is the reason Reach exists.