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 when Jesus walked the earth. 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 to be like Him without Him. This decision bent every human after them inward. Rather than reflecting 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 mercy on us.
The Gospel is the Good News centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. Even while we were in sinful rebellion against Him, God loved us and showed mercy to us and gave us His eternal Son, Jesus Christ. Though He lived a sinless life, Jesus was nailed to a cross and killed to take the punishment that we deserve for our sin.
As a sign of Jesus' faithfulness and divinity, God raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him in a position of ultimate authority. Jesus' defeat of death gives us the hope of eternal life. When we, enabled by the grace of God, repent of our rebellion against God and put our faith in Jesus Christ, 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)