Good News

The Good News is that God, who is our Father and Creator, because of his infinite love for us, has come to free us from all that separates us from Him and each other, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, holistically transforming our world and establishing his kingdom through ordinary people in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

 

Spiritual Family     

Church is Spiritual Family—a family marked by radical love and unity in its diversity of language, ethnicity, social status, and personal gifting and vocation. The church family exists as a living example of the Good News in everyday life. To follow Jesus is to be committed to a spiritual family—sharing what you have and experiencing growth in community.

 

Holistic Transformation

As we receive the Good News we find new life—a life in which Jesus heals us, transforms our character, inspires our actions, and compels us to share the Good News with othersas we help them to follow Jesus (discipleship), all the while working to address social injustice around us—depending on God to transform all things for good.

Jubilee is an old word with significant meaning for today.

It comes from early in the story of the Bible. In this story, God announces to his people that every 50 years they are to free the Israelite slaves they own and forgive any Israelite debts owed to them.

This was a radical social vision and it revealed what God thinks the world should look like. 

Later in the story of the bible, the prophet Isaiah writes that one day someone would be born who would announce a new Jubilee—a vision of Holistic Transformation. This renewed Jubilee would announce that social justice was coming to the world. However, it would go further and deeper, offering freedom at the level of the human heart. Jubilee offers us new lives and a new world.

In the New Testament, Jesus announces this new Jubilee and inaugurates it through his own life, death and resurrection. Jesus makes it possible to receive authentic lives of freedom now while joining God in bringing this spirit of Jubilee to our city and world.

This is what we’re about—this ancient vision lived out in our day. 

Jesus is the Jubilee. 

We hold to essential orthodox Christian beliefs as best expressed in the following writings. If you have a specific doctrinal question, feel free to contact us.

“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”
— Augustine
 

Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

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Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all worlds;
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God;
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, 
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered and was buried;
and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures;
and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father;
and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life;
who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; 
and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

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Evangelical Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Michael and Angelica Touchton Lead Pastors

Michael and Angelica Touchton

Lead Pastors

Allaina van Reeuwyk Partnership and Community Engagement

Allaina van Reeuwyk

Partnership and Community Engagement

Every Nation

Every Nation is a worldwide family of churches and ministries that exists to Honor God by planting
Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially-responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.

CCMBC

The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches is a community of 250+ diverse Mennonite Brethren (MB) congregations spread across Canada, united by Jesus Christ through our evangelical Anabaptist beliefs and values and by our mission to grow healthy churches, helping them reach their worlds.

An “Accidental” Church Plant

It all started with a university student, a few young professionals and a couple of families, who believed that Jesus’ life and message was relevant to the struggles and questions people face every day and had the power to transform their lives and relationships. For one week in 2006, that group, joined by a team from Vancouver and Calgary, were invited to do a series of seminars about Love, Sex and Relationships at Concordia University which welcomed more than 200 students from many different walks of life.  The aftermath of this event was a group of young people looking for a space to talk and ask big questions about “real life” issues, so we started discussion groups which gathered in coffee shops around the city.  A group of twelve who wanted to dig deeper in exploring faith started gathering on Sunday evenings in the living room of pastors Michael and Michele Jones to eat, worship, read scripture, and discover how the gospel message had the power to transform their lives, their relationships and their communities.

 

The Living Room

People began to see this grassroots gathering as their church, and the name “The Living Room” stuck. On Easter of 2007, The Living Room launched a Sunday gathering in Downtown Montreal at the Concordia University campus bar. We continued to meet on Sundays downtown, and started ‘missional communities’ in various neighbourhoods which sought to live as Jesus lived by loving the city and partnering with existing initiatives to contribute to social change in Montreal.

In 2014 Michael and Michele Jones sensed a profound shift. They felt that their time in Montreal was coming to an end and God was calling them back to the USA to care for parents and on to the next steps in their journey. By late summer 2014, with their recommendation and the support of the church, Michael and Angelica Touchton, along with Allaina van Reeuwyk, accepted the call to lead The Living Room into her future.

 

Our Next Page

This started a process of ‘transition’ in The Living Room where we prayed about what the next page in our story was to be. In this process, we decided to replant and relaunch the church in 2016. This meant going back through our story to remember who were were while adding parts that God was calling us to add--and then moving on to living it all out! This process included choosing a new name that would speak to our growing community and vision, clarifying our mission and putting practical pieces in place to support growth through the rest of our story for years to come.

We launched as Jubilé • Jubilee Montréal October 2nd, 2016.