What is this thing we’re talking about when we reference “the gospel?”
The gospel is the good news that while we were once separated from God by our sin, God has provided a way of salvation through the gift of his son Jesus Christ. He suffered as a sacrifice for sin, conquered death through his physical resurrection, and offers salvation to all who will accept it.
The Gospel is unconditional acceptance
given to an undeserving person
by an unobligated giver.
Through Christ, the power of God’s kingdom has entered history to renew the whole world. When we believe and rely on Jesus’ work and record (rather than ours) for our relationship to God, that kingdom power comes upon us and begins to work through us.
We believe a good grasp of the gospel will cause us to live devoted lives modeled after Jesus.
Because we believe in Jesus as Lord, we also fully trust in the texts Jesus trusted in and inspired – the Old Testament and New Testament. Jesus quoted scripture at every point in his life, including his words on the cross from Psalm 22. Since we trust Jesus to be who he said he was, we also follow his lead in trusting the authority and inerrancy of the scriptures and use it to guide our lives.