We Believe the Most Important Thing is for People to Find Jesus
The Gospel is the core of our mission to this world. The Gospel is what drives us. The Gospel is the good news to the rich and to the poor, to the hurting and to the healers, to the victims and to the convicts. It is the good news that Jesus Christ has come with the power to restore what was been broken and to bring forgiveness, healing, freedom and love to this earth.
We Live for the Gospel
Our great mission, then, is to spread the Gospel throughout our community, our city, and the world. We would like to introduce every person to Jesus. At its core the Gospel is simple enough for a young child to understand it. In its depth the Gospel is powerful enough to bring healing, forgiveness and life to the most sin damaged adult.
The Gospel begins with bad news of sin. It doesn’t require much study to determine that this world is full of sin and evil deeds. You can’t open a paper, turn on the evening news or jump on the web without being confronted by the reality of sin. Cheating, lying, rape and murder dominate our headlines. No doubt you can quickly recount a recent time when someone sinned against you. But the bad news is that sin is not just ‘out there.’ An honest appraisal of our own life reminds us that there is sin in our hearts as well. The Bible reminds us, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom.3:23) It goes on to tell us that the penalty for sin is eternal separation from God. (Rom 6:23)
Fortunately the Bible doesn’t end with the bad news. We are told that God loved us so much He desired to provide a way for our sins to be forgiven and for us to be able to receive the gift of eternal life. (John 3:16) Because sin needed to be dealt with God decided to handle it in the only way that would allow humans to be saved- He paid the penalty Himself. On the cross Jesus took your sin and my sin and the sin of the whole world upon His shoulders. There He died in order to satisfy God’s wrath against sin. Three days later Jesus rose from the grave. He now has the right to offer salvation freely to any who will believe.
It may seem too simple to merely ‘believe and receive,’ but that’s what differentiates Christianity from all other religions. In other religions you must work to prove yourself worthy. In Christianity you admit you are not worthy and are saved solely by God’s grace. Ephesians 2:8 and 9 tell us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” You can receive God’s grace simply by asking for it. Admit to God your sin. Accept the forgiveness He offers through Jesus. Receive new life. It is the beginning of a life of hope, healing and significance!