About Soma Grand RapidsFamily of Servant Witnesses
Our Vision is gospel saturation: for all people to have everyday encounters with the life-giving Jesus in word and deed.
Our Mission is for every spiritual orphan to be adopted into a family and grow up into Christ
by making disciples who make disciples.
Staff and Elders
A Plurality of Leadership
Pastor and Visionary Leader
Pastor and Gathering Director
Who We Are
The Gospel Informs Our Identity
God has always desired that his children would love one another in such a way that the world would know what he is like. Jesus said that those who live in his ways and obey his Father are truly his family. Through Jesus we believe we are children of God and brothers and sisters with each other. We show hospitality to one another and eat together regularly. We also invite others who are not yet family to spend time with us by sharing meals and caring for neighbors.
Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16
Fully God and fully human, Jesus became a servant. We worship him by serving one another and serving in a specific area of our city. This means joyful submission to God and to one another as we serve. Now that Jesus has freed us from our slavery to sin, we are free to serve Jesus: the ultimate servant who freed us from our slavery to sin.
Matthew 20:25-28; 25:31-46; John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:16
The Spirit bears witness to our spirit that we are children of God. What God is doing to us He wants to do through us. Jesus was sent into our neighborhood to reveal to us who God is and we are sent to the people of our city. The Spirit empowered Jesus in word and deed and the same Spirit empowers us to witness to Christ through his word and the works he has called us to.
John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 8
How We Live
B.L.E.S.S. gospel practices help us reflect Who God Is and What He Has Done.
God’s children are richly blessed to receive his Spirit as part of our inheritance and anticipate our future inheritance in him. Our father, Abraham, was blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:1-3) and showed generous hospitality. We are blessed to show hospitality through how we B.L.E.S.S. our neighborhoods and community.
Discipleship is leading people to increasingly submit all of life to the empowering lordship and presence of Jesus. We believe that discipleship happens in the every day stuff of life. Practically, we gather for two to three meals per week. These natural rhythms give us a framework to bless in all of life rather than filling our schedules with events.
Jesus teaches us to pray to our Father in Matthew 6. The first half of the Lords prayer is about loving our Father as He loves. The second teaches us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. As a family, we connect to our Father through prayer. We regularly pray together that our city would encounter the life-giving Jesus.
We listen to the Spirit of God to learn how to disciple others. We listen in our own lives and others to learn the false beliefs so that we can (witness) point everyone back to true belief in Jesus alone.
We learn together as a Family of Servant Witnesses through eating together regularly and inviting neighbors and co-workers to join us. One of the primary places of discipleship (learning) in the New Testament is around the meal.
In the same way that Jesus served us when we least deserved it, we serve others even when some might think they do not deserve it. Serving reveals what we worship and give our hearts to other than Jesus. Our desire is to serve and worship Jesus with all of our heart.
Everyone’s life is shaped by a dominant story. We take time to be shaped by God’s story. we regularly reacquaint ourselves with the Story by interacting with God’s Word. Jesus is the focus of God’s story and is meant to be the hero of our story. Our stories reform us best when they are informed by God’s ultimate story.
What We Believe
Here are some distinguishing beliefs we hold as a church body.
Gospel Communities on Mission as our Primary Organizing Structure
Ordered Equality in Shared Ministry
We are complementarians in that we believe men and women are created in the image of God equally, yet with unique roles as family and church. We believe men and women are called to use their gifts fully in the ministry of the church under the leadership of biblically qualified elders. Because of this we see opportunities for men and women to preach, teach, and shepherd the community together while the role of elder is for qualified men.