If you're new to Issaquah or you want to live for Jesus in the everyday, you probably have lots of questions. We'd love to help answer them and explain how the gospel shapes our lives as a community scattered all over Sammamish, Bellevue and the Eastside.
Family and mission are an integral part of our identity, so the best way to dig deeper is to join a Missional Community--that's where you not just hear about these ideas but work them out in real life by God's grace. Our Missional Community leaders can walk you through all the Soma basics.
This page is intended to be a supplement to conversations with a leader (but you can start here too). You'll find links to more info and media to help you see how the gospel of Jesus shapes Soma life.
Our story, who we are, how we live; it's all about Jesus. By God's grace, we are learning as a family to allow who Jesus is and what he has accomplished on our behalf to saturate everything about us.
Even if you've heard it before, begin here with the gospel. You might be surprised. We hope Jesus (not us) takes your breath away.
Identity & Rhythms
Who we are is because of Jesus and how we live in the everyday is because of Jesus. The letters in the New Testament show this pattern over and over: the gospel, our new identity because of the gospel and then how we should live in light of that.
The primary kind of group in Soma is the Missional Community. They live life together as a family on God's mission, seeing each other often and gathering together in homes at least weekly. For many, it's a radical shift to go from thinking church is something people merely attend to being the Church all the time.
How Soma Grows
Soma, like any family, has many parts and is constantly changing and growing up, out and all over. We've been shaped by the ancient biblical ways of being the family of God on mission and by considering how we bring that to our modern contexts Terms like Missional Community and Expression and the forms of our family life require a little explaining...
A DNA Group usually consist of three people—men with men, women with women—who meet together weekly to be known and to bring the gospel to bear on each others lives so that they grow in and live out our Identity and Rhythms. DNA stands for Discipleship, Nurture and Accountability.
If you want to go much deeper than this overview, check out Soma School. It's a week-long immersion in our community for church planters from around the world. We teach the theological foundations of Soma and how we are bringing the gospel to bear on our context.