When we say that our church is "gospel-centered" what we mean is that the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ affects all of what we do.
So what is this Gospel anyway?
We believe what Christians have believed going all the way back to the days of the early church. Here's the core of that message:
When humanity was first created, we were designed to live as God's representatives and to be in fellowship with Him. Instead of representing God on earth, our first parents chose instead to try and be equal to Him without Him. This decision bent every human after them inward. Rather than living to reflect the glory of God, our natural inclination is now to seek our own glory.
The grand story of the Bible tells us how God sought out a people who would reflect His glory and goodness but like Adam and Eve, those people continuously rebelled against God. If humanity were to continue on this same trajectory of rebellion against God, we would all forever be separated from Him.
But God had a plan. In the Old Testament, speaking through His prophets, God promised again and again that one day, in his mercy, he would send a king who would lead His people into righteousness.
The Gospel is the Good News announcement that God sent the king he promised to send. His name is Jesus, and because he is king we call him Jesus the "Christ" (which means anointed king). What's even more magnificent is that this King isn't just a man, he is the eternal Son of GOd. Even while we were in sinful rebellion against Him, God loved us and showed mercy to us and gave us His own Son!
The wonder of it all is that even though this king lived a sinless life, he was nailed to a cross and killed to take the punishment that his people deserved.
As a sign to all of King Jesus' faithfulness and divinity, God raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him in a position of ultimate authority. Because of Jesus' defeat of death, those whose faith is in him now have the hope of eternal life.
What does it mean to have faith in Jesus?
When we, enabled by the grace of God, repent of our rebellion against God and put our trust in Jesus as our King we are saved from our sin. Simultaneously, we are adopted by the Father as His children and justified (made right) before God in Christ. We are then gradually transformed to better reflect God's glory by the Spirit. (1 Peter 1:3, John 3:16, Romans 5:1, Ephesians 1:20, Ephesians 2:4-9, 2 Corinthians 5:21)