Foundational to everything we do is the gospel message that God entered the world in Jesus Christ to achieve a salvation we could not achieve for ourselves. Jesus lived the life we should be living, and he paid the penalty for the life we are living (so we do not have to pay it ourselves). Therefore, we are not reconciled to God through our efforts and record – as in all other religions – but through His efforts and record.

Newcomers often remark on the atmosphere of friendliness and loving acceptance. This flows directly from our theology of grace. Here’s how it works:

God’s Grace to Us: Salvation is by grace. This means that salvation is a free gift from God to us that we cannot earn by works. God’s love for us is complete, unchanging and unconditional. We are accepted just as we are, whether we do well or badly, sin or stay pure, we are completely accepted because the righteousness of Jesus has been given to us as a gift.

Grace towards each other: Jesus said that we should love each other as he has loved us (Jn 13v34). This means that we also accept one another unconditionally, not on the basis of performance, but on the basis of grace. Grace makes for a secure, free and joyful church of people who don’t need to strive to impress God or each other … because we are 100% accepted already!

A gospel-centric church is one that believes the simple message of the gospel is the motivation not only to become a Christ-follower, but also to live the life of a Christ-follower.