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Galatians 4:3-7 (NLT)

3 And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world.

4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

Galatians 4:3-7 (MSG)

That is the way it is with us: When we were minors, we were just like slaves ordered around by simple instructions (the tutors and administrators of this world), with no say in the conduct of our own lives.

4-7 But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance.

 

Missional Mandate

As a family in Jesus Christ we are loving God,                                     serving others, and changing lives.

 

Missional Motives 

  • Grace– God loves us unconditionally in Jesus Christ, so we love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength and others as Christ loves us.
  • Family– In Jesus Christ God calls us children, so we all belong to the family of God. We also know that the home, no matter its makeup, is where the Christ life is lived and learned on a daily basis.
  • Community– Because our faith family loves the community in which we live and God calls us into this community, we reach out and invest in the lives and activities of our surrounding neighbors.
  • Acceptance– God accepts and welcomes us before we realize it, so we offer an honest genuine welcome to all without judgment.
  • Discipleship– We are called to help all in our family mature in their relationship with God in Jesus Christ.
  • Sharing Christ– Believing in and following the great commission and the great commandment, we live so others might see Jesus Christ through our words and deeds.
  • Growth– Believing in the great commission to expand the family of God in Jesus name, we invite people into our lives and into the life of our church family.

 

Missional Marks

People on an intentional path of growth to a stronger relationship with Jesus Christ through: 

  • Prayers conversing with and depending upon God daily for ourselves, others, and The Ridge. 
  • Presence– Abiding with God and others on a weekly basis through worship & small group. 
  • Gifts– Giving 10% of our income to God through The Ridge. 
  • Service– Serving God and others with our lives both inside & outside The Ridge. 
  • Witness– Sharing how God is at work in our lives and inviting people who are not yet in a relationship with Jesus Christ or a faith community to join us on our journey.

 

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 About
Pastor Josh
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Pastor Josh Kouri has served the Ridge since June 2016. He grew up in Albuquerque and has previously served churches in Las Cruces, New Mexico as well as El Paso, Garland and Amarillo, Texas before coming to the Ridge.

Josh’s faith story began in high school when his family forced him to begin attending church and youth group. The people in that church in Albuquerque completely changed his life by showing him the reality of Christ’s love and grace and the joy of Christian community. His mission in ministry is to help others know the transformative power that Jesus’

call to faith and servanthood can have on every aspect of a person’s life.

When he is not busy working, Josh likes to ski, hike, fish, watch baseball, or catch the latest episode of the Walking Dead.

Josh graduated from seminary at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 2012. He also is an alumni of New Mexico State University where he graduated with a degree in government.