What is the Gospel?
The gospel is not something that you need to do, but something that has already been done for you. It is the good news of God’s grace invading the darkness of our world. It is the grand narrative of creation, fall, redemption and reconciliation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Christ’s death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men can be saved.
The Gospel transforms our hearts and our thinking and our approached to absolutely everything. Because the gospel is endlessly rich, it can handle the burden of being the one main thing of our church.
The Scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient.
- There is only one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- All humanity is sinful by both birth and action and the deserved penalty for sin is death.
- Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human.
- Jesus Christ died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin.
- Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return.
- Only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy.
- There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Only those who turn from sin and to Jesus in faith and repentance will be raised to eternal reward. Those who do not turn from sin and to Jesus will be raised to eternal punishment.