Before Our Savior is a place or organization, we are Jesus’ spiritual family.
Because I am adopted, I’ll explain what I mean through my personal lens.
My name was Naum Kyoo Park. I was physically brought into the Bayer family in August of 1983. At that point, I was introduced, connected, and bonded with friends, grandparents, cousins, an existing family history, and a future together. I was “part of the family” in almost every sense of the word.
Then, through an immigration process, I legally became their son. I have a new name. I have official documentation. It’s a totally new identity in every sense of the word. At that point, I was recognized by governments, states, and schools as a legitimate part of the Bayer family.
In other words, before I was recognized as a part of the family, I experienced family... I participated as part of the family… I became part of my family’s history and their future together. All of that was in place before I was publicly recognized as part of the family.
I think this is a helpful way of thinking about what church family membership means for us. We’re already part of Jesus’ spiritual family. We already experience family (that’s grace!). We already participate in the family (that’s faith!). We are already part of God’s greater story (that’s the scriptures!). Becoming a church family member means that we now choose to be publicly recognized as part of the family. It's a public acknowledgment of what and who we already are and becoming. While there is no spiritual legal requirement to be a member of a church, this declaration of belonging brings a deeper sense of belonging to the family of God.
Want to learn more? Join me and our incredible team for our next New Member Class beginning on Sunday, April 24th.
In the meantime, drop me a note and let me know what being a church family member at Our Savior means to you - or any questions you have about it.
In just a few weeks, we’re going to take a specific walk with Jesus from Bethany to Jerusalem.
We will move through the Upper Room and Garden stopping by Pilate’s and Herod’s before taking 400-600 steps down the Via Dolorosa (the Way of Suffering that Jesus walked to the cross).
Regardless of your feelings about CNN, they produced really helpful video that helps us see this walk with our own eyes.
Now, here are three ways to prepare to join Jesus on His walk.
Commit to walking.
Walk with Somebody Else.
March is Women’s History Month.
So, I thought it would be fitting to have Danielle Strickland share an inspiring story about how we see Jesus determines how we see others.
After you watch the story, drop me an email. I'd love to hear about which other women are inspiring you to follow Jesus these days.
You can watch Danielle's entire talk here.
Video Credit: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Urbana 2018.
Meet Pastor Tim
Tim Bayer has served as Our Savior's Lead Pastor since September 2019. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Concordia University - Irvine, a National Leadership Facilitator and Resource, and a Community Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Tim studied sociology, psychology, and theology prior to earning his M.Div at Concordia Seminary - St. Louis. He has also is a candidate for an Ed.D (ABD) in Transformational Leadership. He is married to Beth and they have three young children. Together, they enjoy exploring the outdoors, experiencing culture, and pizza and movie nights.