We believe it's important for our church to know what we value and understand the vision for our future. If you're wondering if Doxa is the right church for you, our culture is captured in the statements below.
HOW WE GATHER
1. Jesus is the center. (Jesus matters.)
Jesus is the hero of our story and the highest authority over our church. Our gatherings focus on Jesus. He is the means by which all things are redeemed. Everything we do is ultimately about Him.
LUKE 24:27, HEBREWS 12:1-2, COLOSSIANS 1:18-20, COLOSSIANS 3:17
2. Prayer empowers everything that matters. (Prayer matters.)
We watch for and ask the Holy Spirit to be involved in the mundane and the major aspects of everyday life. We don’t just promise to pray for others, we stop and pray. The Holy Spirit, through prayer, leads our plans, not the other way around.
PHILIPPIANS 4:6, JOHN 16:13, 1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-19
3. We enjoy and submit to God’s word. (God’s word matters.)
God’s word is powerful, beautiful, and essential. The believer needs the word in their everyday discipleship. We call people to experience the joys of obeying God’s commands. We train our members in seeing the overarching narratives and themes of the Bible. We hear the word, pray the word, and sing the word.
ACTS 6:4, HEBREWS 4:12; 2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17
4. Sunday shapes our everyday. (Sundays matter.)
Sunday is only a part of our everyday life of faith. How we gather teaches us how to live when we scatter. We follow the gospel storyline of (1)creation, (2)fall, (3)redemption, and (4)restoration in our liturgy every Sunday.
HEBREWS 10:24-25, COLOSSIANS 3:16, 1 CORINTHIANS 14:26
HOW WE RELATE TO OTHERS
5. Real community is essential, beautiful, and requires hard work. (Community matters.)
A flourishing Christian has a vibrant relationship with God, self, believers, and outsiders. We keep short accounts and talk to people, not about them. We strive for peace and press in when things are hard.
ACTS 2:42-47, ROMANS 12:9-13, GALATIANS 6:2
6. We are eager to see all people know the love of God. (Evangelism matters.)
We ourselves have been adopted into God’s family, and now we all play a role in others experiencing God’s love and forgiveness. Theology is inherently evangelical, and evangelism is always theological. Personal relationships connect people to Jesus. Our everyday lives are our mission field.
1 PETER 3:15, LUKE 19:10, ROMANS 10:17, LUKE 15
7. We give voice and resources to those who suffer from injustice. (Justice matters.)
We leverage our influence and resources to help those who lack the power or platform. We equip and train families in their pursuit of fostering and adopting children in need. We serve the poor, sojourner, slave, and fatherless.
GALATIANS 3:28, JAMES 2:9, ACTS 10:34-35
8. We are better together. (Unity matters.)
There is one Church, under one Lord, called to one mission together. We value diverse and intergenerational discipleship. We embrace those with different gifts, color, age, economic status, and experiences. We integrate, not assimilate. We strive for gift-based, shared leadership, that is submitted to one another.
ROMANS 15:5-7, ROMANS 12:4-5, PHILIPPIANS 2:2, JOHN 17:20-21
HOW WE EQUIP
9. We are contributors, not consumers. (Ownership matters.)
We equip members of all ages to make disciples in the everyday stuff of life. The Church is not a provider of services but a training ground for servants. Every member is a minister, every staff person and elder is an equipper. We give what we have and work towards solutions. We participate in spiritual disciplines and take responsibility for our own discipleship.
ROMANS 12:6, COLOSSIANS 3:23-24, EPHESIANS 4:11-12
10. We care for our members. (Shepherding matters.)
We are committed to helping every man, woman, and child understand how their story has shaped them, and how God’s story is redeeming them. We walk in patient love with the broken. We proactively move towards relationships and environments of care.
JEREMIAH 2:13, COLOSSIANS 1:27-28, 1 THESSALONIANS 5:14, PSALM 34:18
11. We have the courage to create. (Creativity matters.)
We are all made in the image of a creative God. We explore fresh ways to talk about and respond to the unchanging Gospel. We try new things. Innovation is beneficial to our mission and our own discipleship. Art powerfully inspires our faith and articulates our struggles. Creativity is an important part of the church.
EXODUS 35:30-35, COLOSSIANS 3:16-18, PSALM 96:1-6
12. We don’t take God’s grace for granted. (Gratitude matters.)
We frequently remember and celebrate what God has done. Gratitude is our starting point. God’s people throw great parties. God’s faithfulness in the past gives us the courage to ask for big things in the future.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:18, EPHESIANS 5:20, PSALM 95:2; PSALM 105:5
"To see the Puget Sound saturated with the glory of God."
God's vision is to see the knowledge of the glory of the Lord cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). Jesus is the glory of God, and he is the means by which anyone comes to truly know God. And it is Jesus Christ in us who is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). For people to see the glory of God, Jesus has to come into our lives, change us, and work through us.
It is our hope that Doxa Church might be a part of equipping God's people to realize they are the church sent into the everyday stuff of life so God might fill every place with His glory through His people. The church is not a place; it's people sent to fill every place with Jesus' presence, every day.
"Making disciples in the everyday stuff of life."
Jesus commissioned his disciples to be disciples who make disciples. A disciple of Jesus is committed to bringing all of life increasingly under the leadership of Jesus. They are also committed to leading others to bring all of life increasingly under the leadership of Jesus. The mission of Doxa Church is not just to grow a Sunday gathering or fill missional communities with people. Our desire is to equip God's people to be disciples who make disciples so gospel saturation might take place.
We believe it's not the few who do the ministry for the many, but a few who equip the many for the ministry. Come join us to be equipped for Jesus' mission!
We do this by focusing on four key areas:
GATHER: Commit to gathering together regularly with the Church body (Sunday Gathering)
GO: Be a disciple of Jesus who makes disciples with others (Missional Community)
GIVE: Support Doxa and serve the body with your time, talents, and treasure (Give & Serve)
GROW: Meet regularly with a few others to encourage and equip you in growing up into Christ (DNA Groups)