Being gospel centered cannot be understood apart from being Christ centered. The good news about Jesus Christ is the gospel, so much so that Paul calls it “The gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4). The good news about Jesus is most clearly seen in his dying for helpless sinners in order to redeem them from their sins. But the good news about Jesus isn’t just Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Jesus himself said that all Scripture pointed to him (Luke 24:25-27 and John 5:39-40). Everything is about Jesus and the gospel of Jesus Christ is not just how we get saved but is the lens by which we view everything else in our lives.
Our theology is rooted in the Protestant Reformation which helped to rediscover the heart of the true gospel. We believe that the Scriptures are our unquestionable authority (Sola Scriptura). We believe that salvation is by grace alone (Sola Gratia), through faith alone (Sola Fide), in Christ alone (Solus Christus), and all for the glory of God alone (Soli Deo Gloria). We believe that faith is a gift of God and that salvation is by his grace alone, it is not a work, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). The Gospel is about what God has done for us in Jesus Christ to save us and not what we do to save ourselves.
Our gospel hope calls us to expand the Kingdom of God. The great commission in Matthew 28:19-20 given by Jesus tells us that as we are going through our daily lives we are to disciple the people that we meet and engage. Therefore, as people changed by Christ, we have the unique opportunity to build deep friendships where we actually enrich their lives with the love and teachings of Christ rather than drain the relationship with neediness and selfishness. Together we should be going out into the world carrying the message of the gospel of Christ, which could mean going across the street, around the world or remaining right there in our own families.
Our gospel hope also ensures us that the Lordship of Jesus Christ extends to all areas of life. Jesus Christ is Lord not only of the church but also Lord over all humanity and culture. He is Lord over all families, arts, sciences, businesses and human society at large. For this reason, we do not withdraw from the world. Rather, we prepare ourselves to be culturally aware and engaged looking to rejoice and praise God for the common grace that God has bestowed on all people. This means that we must be gracious and loving with one another in regards to issues of conscience and that we major on the majors and minor on the minors. “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty and in all things charity.”