Our passion is to make the gospel PARAMOUNT in all things for the sinner’s joy and the Savior’s glory.
Our mission is the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).
We are made Christians—from the beginning to the end of our discipleship—through the methods that Christ ordained, namely Word (preaching and teaching), sacrament (baptism and the Lord’s Supper) and discipline (formative and corrective). Through these means of grace (i.e., God’s acts of delivering Christ to us), we desire to make the gospel paramount in all things for the sinner’s joy and the Savior’s glory.
Our passion starts with helping people come to understand that Jesus is the central focus of the entire Bible (Lk. 24:27, 44). The Bible is primarily a message of God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ. He is the goal and fulfillment of the Old Testament (2 Cor. 1:20) as well as the interpretive key to the Bible (Lk. 24:27, 44).
Everything in Scripture before the cross points to God’s redemptive work and everything after the cross—including our sanctification—flows from that work. The gospel is the key that unlocks the meaning of Scripture (cf. Luke 24:27). The Bible is more than a code of moral principles for Christian living. It is more than a “Dummies Guide” on how to follow Jesus.
Through this Christ-centered understanding of Scripture, our challenge is to help Christians grow in obedience by means of Word and sacrament, teaching them to observe everything Christ commanded. Through Christ’s instituted methods, our desire is to see every area of a believer’s life sanctified by the power of the gospel rather than attempting this in their own strength, guilt, or fear. Graeme Goldsworthy notes…
“All the problems and imperfections that we experience are failures to be conformed to the gospel. The only remedy that the New Testament prescribes for our problems is to bring our lives to conform to the gospel.” (Preaching the Whole Bible As Christian Scriptures, p. 50)
The gospel must be the fixed center point of reference for all of life. If a church is to maintain any kind of effectiveness in carrying out its mission, both its life and ministry must be self-consciously gospel-centered.
Therefore, we work intentionally to make the gospel paramount in all we do (e.g., whether it is our corporate worship, a children’s Sunday school lesson, how our Life Groups interact with one another, our giving, the songs we sing, how we pray, the books we read, etc.).
Our only sufficiency comes from God, who by His grace through the gospel and the Holy Spirit, has made us competent and given us life (2 Cor. 2:16-17; 3:5-6).