1. Gospel Centered
The gospel changes everything. The gospel is not simply the means by which we are converted – it is the message by which we are transformed. So we seek to make the gospel, and Jesus himself, the center of all we do. The gospel is the foundation that shapes and drives our theology and our practice. (1 John 4:19; John 15:3-5)
The greatest truths are often found in tension. We are all prone to create false dichotomies, to think in terms of "either-or." But what the Bible often calls us to is "both-and." We believe depth and width, evangelism in word and deed, and missional and attractional ministry, are not opposites to choose from but tensions to embrace. (John 20:21; 1 Cor 14:16-23; 1 Pet 2:4-9; John 1:14)
The Great Commission is accomplished through multiplication. Jesus chose to change the world by preaching to many while investing more in a few. By multiplying disciples, leaders, and churches, we’ll see the gospel advance beyond our wildest dreams. So we’re committed to planting churches that will plant churches in strategic cities and among unreached peoples around the world. (Matt 28:18-20; Matt 25:14-30; Rom 15:20; 2 Tim 2:2)
Could the gospel be lost in evangelical churches? Sadly today moralism and legalism have often eclipsed the gospel, even in conservative churches. Gospel cuts through the superficiality of religion and reacquaints you with the revolutionary truth of God’s gracious acceptance of us in Christ.
"The gospel is the power of God, and the only true source of joy, freedom, radical generosity, and audacious faith. The gospel produces in us what religion never could: a heart that desires God."
- J.D. Greear
The gospel is the good news of God’s grace invading the darkness of this world. It is the grand narrative of creation, fall, redemption and consummation ordained by God and orchestrated through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel. His resurrection is the power of the gospel. His ascension is the glory of the gospel.
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. At the heart of all sound doctrine is the cross of Jesus Christ and the infinite privilege that redeemed sinners have in glorifying God because of what He has accomplished. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, churches and ministries to proceed from and be related to the gospel.