This means that everything we do (worship, mission, community, etc) is centred 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 (1 Cor 15:1-4).
Furthermore, the Gospel is essentially the ‘good news of salvation’, not by works but by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (Historically this understanding of salvation has been referred to as ‘reformed theology’). So to put it simply, a ‘gospel-centred’ understanding of salvation teaches what the Bible states so clearly, “salvation belongs to the Lord!” (Ps 3:8). In other words, God is the sovereign author, sustainer and finisher of our salvation. (Eph 2:1-10)
The primary 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 both the content of Scripture and 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 nor against it, rather we want to engage our city with the love and truth of Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 9:19-23)
The primary role of the Holy Spirit is to equip and empower Christians for Christ-exalting 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)