Jesus commands us to go everywhere and make disciples, baptizing them into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything He commanded. (Matthew 28:19)

Baptizing people into the name of the Father, the Son and the Spirit is about demonstrating and celebrating their new Identity. This means: 

  1. God is our Father and we are His Family
  2. Jesus is our Lord and we are His Servants
  3. The Holy Spirit is our Guide and Sender and we are His Missionaries.

These three identities are true of a disciple of Jesus.

In a nutshell a disciple is one who follows Jesus, is changed by Jesus, and helps others to do the same.






Church on the Sound is a family of people learning together what it means to live both BY and FOR THE GOSPEL in the city of Tacoma. We scatter throughout the week as missionaries to serve our neighborhoods through Missional Communities and gather together on Sundays to celebrate what Christ has done and is doing in our lives and our city.

Our Identity


We are children of God who care for each other as a family.

We are God’s chosen people – His family – set apart to live in such a way that the world would know what he is like. Through faith in Jesus we believe we are Children of God and brothers and sisters with each other. As God’s family we see it as our obligation to personally care for the needs of one another – both physically and spiritually. We disciple, nurture and hold each other accountable to Gospel life together. (Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16) 



We are servants of Jesus who serve Him by serving others.

Fully God & fully human, Jesus took on the posture of a servant. He gave his life, even unto death, so that others could experience salvation, peace and restoration. Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves…” All those who follow Jesus are called to serve in the same humility. For us this means joyfully submitting to Jesus as Lord, to the leaders he has placed over us and to each other as we also serve whomever God brings into our lives. We do whatever He leads us to do. (Matthew 20:25-28; 25:31-46; John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:5-11; 1Peter 2:16)



We are sent by the Spirit to restore all things to God through Jesus Christ.

God sent Jesus to Earth to take on human form and live within the culture. He lived in such a way that those around him could see and experience what God was truly like. Jesus came so all people, places and things could be restored to a right relationship with God. In the same way, we believe we are missionaries sent by God’s Spirit into our culture to restore all things to God through Jesus.  We live this out through involvement in a missional community. (John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19; 2Corinthians 5:16-21)

The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. When we put our faith in the person and work of Christ, we are given a new identity. It is not an improved identity or a reformed identity. The Bible says that it is a new, “a not found exactly like this before“ identity. This identity is demonstrated in the action of Baptism.