The Gospel is all about Jesus. The Gospel (the good news) is Jesus.
The Bad News: I am so sinful that Jesus had to die for me. We cannot save ourselves. The Good News: I am so loved that Jesus was glad to die for me. There is no other name under heaven whereby we can be saved.
The additional Good News: Therefore my identity is based on what God has done for me in Jesus. I don’t have to prove myself to God or others because my acceptance is based on Jesus’ good performance. The pressure is off. I am free to be myself with all of my faults and failures. I don’t have to hide because all of my sin is forgiven sin.
Think about it it terms of time. The Gospel is the good news that through faith, Jesus saved us in his crucifixion and resurrection. The past is forgiven and wiped clean. Through faith, Jesus saves us in the present tense from the power of sin. Real change can happen now. Through faith, we will be saved from the presence of sin because of Jesus’ return. There is hope for the future!
Jesus is fully God, fully man, and our Savior
JESUS IS FULLY GOD; The Word became fleshand made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of graceand truth (John 1:14).
FULLY MAN; Jesus was born (Luke 2:7). He grew (Luke 2:40,52). He grew tired (John 4:6) and got thirsty (John 19:28) and hungry (Matthew 4:2). He became physically weak (Matthew 4:11;Luke 23:26). He died (Luke 23:46). And he had a real human body after his resurrection (Luke 24:39;John 20:20,27).
AND SAVIOR; For God so lovedthe world that he gavehis one and only Son,that whoever believesin him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the worldto condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17) We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and is God. We believe He is a gift of Love from the Father and He took on human form like us, experienced the same feelings, pains, happiness, temptation, and sorrow and He lived without sin. We believe as a human and through his own crucifixion, took on all the sins of humanity; past, present, and future unto himself. We believe because he is fully man and fully God, he is able to show us what God is like and bring us into a relationship with God again.
Jesus died our death and lived our life
Jesus saves us in two ways. First, Jesus always did what was good, right and perfect. He honored God and loved people with every thought, word, and deed. He was impeccable. He had the perfect resume! He lived a perfect life for our benefit. Second, As perfect as Jesus was, he died on the cross. The penalty for sin is death, but Jesus never sinned! So why did he die? The Bible tells us that he was paying the penalty for our rap sheet. He was willingly taking our punishment for us. And when we put our trust--not in ourselves and what we have done--but in what Jesus has done for us, our rap sheet is cleared and his resume becomes ours. An exchange takes place. In 1 Corinthians 5:21 we are told, “For our sake, God made him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God.”
Worship is honoring God with our entire lives. Because Jesus loves us (so much!) and is the King who became poor so we could be rich in Him…we honor and worship Him. In fact, our great delight is to do so.
We are designed to worship Jesus together. Our God-granted spiritual gifts and talents need to be combined. In this way we make up a complete body of Christ, the church.
Together, we can complete God's work in this world. Together, we experience all that God has in store for us. Together, we enjoy the worship experience more fully. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."(John 14:6) In the life of our congregation all our teaching and preaching will point to Jesus as Lord of all. He is the beginning and end in our worship and in all that we do as a body of believers.
The Bible is the story of God rescuing broken people and giving them a new life. The Bible is without error in all matters pertaining to faith and life, the sole source of written divine revelation, which alone can bind the conscience. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation and is the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured.
A disciple follows Jesus and makes other disciples (who know how to make other disciples)
Our journey of faith is one that leads to maturity and discipleship is the path. A disciple (follower of Jesus) becomes mature in his faith by practicing the disciplines of the faith such as prayer, Bible reading and study, and attending worship. A disciple makes other disciples. We not only learn how to live out our new identity in Christ—we help others do the same.