Our family of families is defined by the gospel. The Gospel is the 'good news' of how God, in history, restored us to relationship with HIm through the death and ressurection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not a description about what to do in order to be saved; it is a proclamation of what God has done to redeem men.
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is about the one story: God's redemption of mankind.The Bible teaches that Jesus, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God. In love, he humbled himself, taking the form of a servant that he might redeem sinful, broken, rebellious men who desired evil continually.
- According to the Bible, he lived a sinless life glorifying God in perfect obedience.
- According to the Bible, he died the death we deserved saving us through his death on the cross; He died in our place, for our sins, as our substitutionary sacrifice, perfect and acceptable to God.
- According to the Bible, Jesus ensured our justification, conquering sin and death, through the literal physical resurrection from the dead three days later.
We are, therefore, justified by grace alone, through faith alone in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus alone.
On the cross, our old self dies and we are raised to new transformed life as one cleansed of sin, reconciled with God, adopted into His family, imputed with perfection, desiring to worship our King, Jesus. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus then dwells in our hearts, ceaselessly conforming us more and more into His image until we see Him again.
Gospel Truth brings God and His Word to the people. God's Word distinguishes the Christian message from other religions, philosophies, or ideologies that make truth claims about meaning and purpose. Gospel truth is not another ideological alternative; it is submission to the absolute truth of God foundational to all of life. Gospel truth is not purely a set of historical facts, it is truth personified in a man. Gospel truth is news of what God has done to accomplish salvation through Jesus Christ in history. Gospel truth helps us to grow in every way, empowers us to overcome any barrier, and equips us to solve every problem we encounter.
Gospel Community brings people to God. God creates men and women in his image to live in community together, imitating the eternal relationship shared by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Gospel Community is a gathering of people in loving submission to one another, fulfilling their God-intended role to serve as unto the Lord. Gospel Community proclaims their faith in Gospel Truth by how they actively love through fellowship, ministry, and discipline. Gospel Community is where the world hears about the love of God, where it sees the love for God, and where it experiences the love of God's people as they are invited to belong before they believe. Gospel Community exists as an expression of God's Kingdom on earth.
Gospel Living brings God's Lordship to our lives. God conforms us to the image of His Son, calling us to a life in total submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Gospel living is a life of self-denial lived for the approval of God, not men. Gospel Living is a life of humility, sacrificing the pleasures of the world to love and serve. Gospel Living is a life of continuous worship, glorifying God in everything big and small. Gospel living is a life on mission, fulfilling His call to go into the world and make disciples. Gospel Living is a life where Jesus is the supreme hope and joy in all of life and death.