We are Gospel Centered because the gospel is what inflames us with love for Jesus Christ, enabling us to live holy lives full of freedom and love and grace. The reality and message of this gospel is not only for sharing with non-believers, it is the fuel that burns in the heart of every Christian, every day, motivating us to love Jesus and live for Him. Without the message of the gospel constantly informing our thoughts and actions, we would easily slip into duty bound religion, legalism, formalism, and many other forms of idolatry.
What is The Gospel? It is the good news that Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, came to this world as a man to be our substitute. He lived a perfect life in our place because we are sinners, incapable of meeting God's requirements of perfect holiness. Then He willingly gave His life for us on the Cross, taking our sins upon Himself, shedding His own blood and dying in our place, thus satisfying the wrath of The Holy God. But Jesus did not stay dead: He rose from the grave on the third day, conquering death for us. Now, He has been exalted by God the Father to the highest place of honor, and He grants forgiveness and eternal life to all who confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, and believe in their hearts that God raised Him from the dead. This Gospel makes us both humble and grateful. Humble because the Cross shows us how awful our sin is; Grateful because despite our sin, we are declared "Not Guilty", credited with Christ's righteousness, and adopted into God's family when we forsake our sin and put our faith in Christ and Him alone to save us.
The Gospel is the message at the center of our life as a Church – not a certain brand of theology, or style of worship, or political ideology – giving us great joy and hope and love for Jesus Christ. It is the message that we want to remember and cling to every day of our lives, and it is the message we want to share with the whole world.