WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
The Gospel is the Good News about Jesus. God’s desire is to bring glory to Himself by His plan of redemption and reconciliation for fallen mankind, through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We are Gospel-centered because true life transformation only happens by embracing the Good News of Jesus and abiding in Him.
Gospel-Centered Teaching | We have an unwavering commitment to God’s Truth found in the Bible. It is the good news of Jesus that enables us to live holy lives. Jesus said that making disciples means teaching people to obey all He commanded (Matt. 28:18-20). Our desire is to see total life change through the power of God’s Word (Hebrews 4:12). The gospel should be proclaimed clearly, consistently, and compellingly and be applied to every aspect of life (1 Cor 9:16-23). We do not teach more or less than what the Bible teaches. Through Gospel-Centered teaching, we become “obedient from the heart” to all the Bible teaches as we live for His glory.
Gospel-Centered Growth | We are here to be and make disciples, but disciple making is never an end in itself. It’s an ongoing process of multiplying others to follow Jesus. These pathways should be clear. A healthy growing church is an intergenerational church, learning and “becoming” together. Whether you are investigating faith or are a seasoned traveler, we desire for all people to become part of the spiritual journey of following Jesus.
Gospel-Centered Influence | We seek to develop authentic, loving relationships with one another as we become a loving influence throughout our community and world (John 13:34-35). We are God’s “sent people” who live to make disciples and bring renewal to a world in need.
Our cultural identity is found in our values. They embody our distinct culture as we seek to live out God’s Kingdom in our world. Each of these values connect us with our past and provide a constant foundation of guiding principles in an ever changing culture.
Biblical Truth | We are people who believe that biblical truth matters. Our church and life should be based on the unchanging truth of God’s Word. Therefore, we believe everything we do and say has the goal of making disciples through grace and truth found in Scripture.
Grace-Based | We are a people who believe grace needs to be the atmosphere of our lives and homes. When we embrace and live by God’s grace, we avoid the extremes of license and legalism.
Gospel-Centered | We are people who believe the good news of Jesus is the ultimate focus of all we do. Our goal is to help people experience the joy of following Jesus.
Reverent Dependence | We are people who believe in the power of prayer because Jesus said that “apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). In humility we depend on God through the power of the Holy Spirit to advance His kingdom in our lives and the church.
Loving Relationships | We are people who believe that life is better together. Following Jesus is not meant to be done in isolation. Our goal is to love God and love one another, which can only happen by engaging in authentic, loving relationships.