"...I am not ashamed of the gospel..."
The word gospel is literally translated "good news". It carries with it the idea of a messenger or herald who tells of this news. The gospel is not a 'what', but rather a 'who'. The gospel is Jesus himself. It is the very person and work of God the Son revealed to man for His glory and our joy.
Therefore, the gospel is simply to "Make Jesus Known."
To understand the gospel fully, it takes a combination of two perspectives:
- The global work of God to reconcile all things to Himself
- The life, death, resurrection and future return of Jesus Christ.
The combination of the two perspectives provides a more crisp, clear and life-like expression of the story. The gospel is the historical narrative of the triune God orchestrating the reconciliation and redemption of a broken creation and fallen creatures, from Satan, sin and its effects to the Father and each other through the life, death, resurrection and future return of the substitutionary Son by the power of the Spirit for God’s glory, the Church’s joy, and other's good.
"...I would remind you...of the gospel I preached to you...that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day..." (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
We are gospel-centered because the gospel stands at the center of God’s redemptive plan, and in it we see Him most clearly for Who He is and what He has done. We never graduate from or outgrow the gospel. It is the very work of God for salvation from beginning to end (Romans 1:16-17). Therefore, we participate in God's mission which intentionally emphasizes the centrality of the gospel in all that we do.
If the ultimate purpose of God is His glory and if the Church’s underlying purpose is to bring Him glory, why are we “gospel-centered” and not “glory-centered” or “God-centered”? In the gospel we see the most vivid and comprehensive demonstration of God’s glory. It is the very manifestation of His glory. In it, we see more clearly the love, justice, wrath, grace, mercy, holiness and patience of God. We see the humility of the Son, and we experience grace.
For these reasons, the gospel is at the center of everything we do and why we do it. It informs our thinking, our living, and our being. It speaks to all areas of life, all suffering in the world, and all things we find joy in.
So you will find the basis for our events, our gatherings, our preaching, our worship, our community, our theology . . . is always the gospel. To learn more, we encourage guests and prospective members to attend our six-session Gospel Class.