What is the Gospel?
The gospel is about God — the Creator of all that is. Before the beginning of the world, there was nothing, but as soon as He spoke, everything came into being.
God created man and woman and placed them in the perfect Garden of Eden. However, the beauty and perfection of the garden only lasted to page three of our Bibles. We chose our own way instead of the way of our perfect Father. We call this the fall. Because of the fall, we are unable to avoid sin, in fact we participate in sin everyday. Our sin separates us from the Holy God of the Bible.
But God never abandoned us. God planned to use His Son to crush sin. Jesus Christ lived the life that we could not live and died the death that we should have died. His blood was the substitute, the final sacrifice to absorb the wrath of God.
In His body, Jesus bore our sins on the Cross. He was broken so that we may be healed. He resurrected in victory and defeated sin, death and hell forever.
So what does that mean for us? Well, we can’t earn or initiate our salvation. We are passive participants, gifted with faith from God. We respond by faith, proclaiming that Jesus Christ is Lord alone and we turn away from our sin and toward God in repentance.
The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are inspired, true, authoritative, and sufficient.
The one true God exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God created the world and now upholds, sustains, governs, and providentially directs all that exists.
Humanity was originally created in the image of God, righteous and without sin. However, through Adam’s sin, creation is fallen and therefore, humans are totally sinful by nature. The deserved penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death.
Jesus is the Son of God, born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human.
Jesus Christ died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin. The only way to be reconciled to God is by trusting in Christ for salvation through faith and repentance.
Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone. The Holy Spirit indwells all that trust in Christ for salvation and it is by this that salvation can never be lost.
Jesus physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will one day return to establish His eternal kingdom.
Baptism is only intended for those who have trusted in Christ for salvation. We baptize by immersion because it symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ.
The Church is the primary instrument through which God is fulfilling his redemptive purposes on earth. The visible church is a congregation of baptized believers, who exist in covenant fellowship, bound together by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.