This means that everything we do (worship, mission, community, etc.) is centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. We do this because the gospel is not only the power that saves us but also the power that sanctifies us! Thus, the gospel is not the first step in a stairway of truths; rather it is more like the hub in a wheel of truth around which all ministry finds its rightful place.
Furthermore, the heart of the Gospel is the ‘good news of salvation’, not by works or our own efforts or righteousness, but by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, as revealed in Scripture alone, to the glory of God alone (historically, this understanding of the Gospel has been referred to as ‘reformed’ theology or the ‘5 Solas’ of the reformation).
So to put it simply, a Gospel-centered view of salvation teaches what the Bible states so clearly in Psalm 3:8, “salvation belongs to the Lord!” and in Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” In other words, God is the sovereign author, sustainer and finisher of salvation.
Jesus came to earth as a missionary and he said we must follow his example. The Father sent the Son, the Son sends the Spirit and the Spirit sends the church – therefore by its very nature, the church is called as the chosen instrument of God’s mission in the world. The mission of the church is to be a continuation of all that Jesus began to do and teach. Jesus was an incredible missionary. He was faithful to the content of Scripture and he was relevant to the context of his culture. It is our mission to do the same – we don’t want to retreat from our city nor be above or against it. Rather, we want to engage our city with the gospel of Christ (1 Cor 9:19-23). This ‘gospel engagement’ in the city is often counter-cultural in its appearance and yet redemptive in its purpose.
We believe that the primary role of the Holy Spirit is to empower Christians for Christ-exalting mission and ministry. We believe that the Spirit continues to give special spiritual gifts to believers in order to edify the church, but we don’t believe that any one particular spiritual gift is essential for proving the Spirit’s indwelling presence in a believer. As a community, we love the work of the Holy Spirit and cherish his activity in our lives (Acts 1:8). As a church community, we love the active presence of God in our gatherings and are totally dependent on the power of the Spirit for personal sanctification, for spiritual enrichment, for mutual edification and for effective witness (Acts 1:8; 1 Thes 1:4-7).