The Gospel is central to everything we do. We hope to see our city made better by the Gospel and we desire for the people of our city to worship Jesus. Simply stated, the Gospel is good news. Mark Dever in The Gospel and Personal Evangelism states:
The good news is that the one and only God, who is holy, made us in his image to know him. But we sinned and cut ourselves off from him. In his great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law himself and taking on himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever turn and trust in him. He rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been exhausted. He now calls us to repent of our sins and trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness. If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God.
The only hope men and women have for reconciliation and restoration with God is found in the Gospel (Romans 1:16). Without it life is hopeless and meaningless. The Gospel is the central message of the entire Bible and the central message of the church. It’s the foundational purpose we center ourselves upon.
The Apostle’s Creed is the most universally received statement of the Christian faith. It has its origins around the second century A.D. and is attributed to the apostles themselves. The Apostle’s Creed is not exhaustive, nor is it meant to be; rather it is a summary of the essentials of the Christian faith. It reads:
I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Christ Jesus, his only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come and judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the universal Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Outside of these, we follow the motto of St. Augustine: “In essentials, unity; in matters of opinions, liberty; in all things, love.”