What Does "Eikon" Mean?
The word "eikon" (pronounced: [ahy-kon]) is a transliteration of a Greek word that means "an image, figure, or likeness." It comes from a Greek root word that means "to be like".
Disciples of Jesus seek to be like Jesus, who is the very image of God. Becoming an eikon of Jesus is the goal of discipleship.
We are a congregation who seeks to be a household of eikons.
Consider these Scriptures that speak of humans as images (or eikons) of God:
- "So God created man in his own image (eikon), in the image (eikon) of God he created him; male and female he created them." (Genesis 1:27)
- "Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image (eikon) of its creator." (Colossians 3:10)
- "Put on the new self, created after the likeness (eikon) of God in true righteousness and holiness." (Ephesians 4:24)
- Father God created humans as eikons of Himself. We rebelled against this and went our own way (see Genesis 3). Ever since then, Father has been pursuing us to bring us back unto Himself and His perfect Kingdom. Ultimately, He sent the perfect eikon (Jesus) to show us what the Kingdom really looks like (Mark 1:14-15), give us an example (John 13:15) of how life with God can really be, and sacrifice himself for the forgiveness of our sins (Colossians 1:13-14).
Our goal is to live as eikons of Jesus.
Start Small. Then Grow.
Someone once said, "It is easier to draw a crowd than to grow a family." We're not after crowds–we're after community. Specifically, we're in pursuit of genuine community built around the person of Jesus, the Gospel story, and the Kingdom of God. Many churches today focus most of their resources on their Sunday gatherings, then at some point begin layering in small groups (or home groups, etc.). Our focus is the opposite. We choose to focus most of our resources on the "micro-communities" who gather in homes. As needed, we layer in opportunities for the whole community to gather together.
Why do this the opposite way most churches start and grow? Because we sincerely believe that we have a responsibility to live in authentic community with other disciples in order to fulfill God's purposes for His people. Discipleship is not likely to happen in large gatherings. As someone once said...
"If you build a church, you rarely get disciples, but if you build disciples, you will always get a church."
Throughout the teachings of Jesus and the writings of the disciples in the New Testament, we see them repeatedly referring to the need for disciples of Jesus to work, live, and play together. The Apostle Paul even referred to the church as a "body" (Romans 12:3-8) and a "household" (Ephesians 2:18-20)–things that require interdependence for success. If the church is going to succeed in the mission of making disciples, we must work together in community. It is our firm belief that we must focus on building and strengthening micro-communities of two or three families, helping them disciple and train one another to live out their daily mission together. Once this becomes successful, growing the larger community will not be a problem. Start small. Then grow.