A truly gospel-centered church understands and embraces the fullness of the gospel as message, community, and mission.
The Gospel is a message that is to be preached or proclaimed (Mark 1:14; Acts 14:21; Rom 1:16; 1 Peter 1:12). It is the story of God’s redemption of his fallen creation. It is the good news that God has acted in history to conquer evil, rebellion, and sin and reconcile sinners to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor 15:1-12). A gospel-centered church is one where the gospel is proclaimed clearly, consistently, and compellingly and applied to every aspect of life (1 Cor 9:16-23).
The gospel is not just a message to be believed, but a power to be experienced (Rom 1:16). The gospel shapes a new community as those who were formerly God’s enemies are reconciled to Him (Rom 5:10) and adopted into his family (Gal 4:4-7). The church is not a place, but a people – a community that is continually being reformed and renewed by the transforming power of the gospel (Col. 1:6). This new family becomes the conduit and vehicle for God’s mission in the world (Acts 2:42-47).
We truly believe that in order for you to grow spiritually you need to be plugged into a local church and become part of the family. Whether you’re new here, or you would like to get more involved and start serving…connect with us, we’d love to help you!
The gospel is a call to mission – a declaration that “the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15). Just as Jesus became a missionary in his incarnation, he sends us into the world as missionaries: “As the Father sent me, so I am sending you” (John 20:21). We are sent to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and to work for the restoration of all of creation to its original “good” (Gen 1:31; Rom 8:19-22). A gospel-centered church will train people to live on mission in the practical rhythms of everyday life.
Jesus’ last words on earth are important. He told his disciples to go and make disciples. What is a disciple of Jesus? It is a follower, an apprentice–one who seeks to be like his or her master, to do what He does and to be like Him. What is discipleship? It is becoming like Jesus and leading others to become like Jesus. It is living in Christ and letting Christ live through you. The challenge is to stop being a secular and religious consumer and to take action, obeying what Jesus commands.
Giving cheerfully and sacrificially of our finances is part of our worship. A believer labours not to accrue personal wealth or possessions, but to steward God’s resources well and model Jesus to our brothers, sisters, and community.
Authenticity is transparency and admission of failure. It's the rejection of pretense and hypocrisy. It's truth-telling about all areas of life. Being authentic means that God and his Word define what is real. Authenticity doesn't excuse sin, it is other-focused, seeking the good of the church.
We live transparently, not to unload our own burdens and thus walk more lightly alone, but to intentionally share the burdens of others and carry them to the same grace that liberated us.
The pursuit of excellence refers to pursuing and doing the best we can with the gifts and abilities God gives, giving our best to the glory of God. But ideally, it is done without the spirit of competition or seeking to excel simply to be better than others. Excellence includes doing common, everyday things, but in very uncommon ways regardless of whether people are watching. The reality is that God sees our work and rewards us accordingly (cf. 1 Cor. 15:58).
Church is a big deal to Jesus and to us.
We think it is pretty awesome to be part of a spiritual community. It is where care, growth and change happen. Jesus even calls it his body and his bride! Get to know us better by checking out our web site or get in touch if you have more questions.