The Gospel

The gospel message in the Bible could be summarized in three points: problem, solution, and decision.
Point One – Mankind Has A Problem That problem is called sin. Any action or thought that falls short of God’s perfect standard is sin. Everyone has this problem. (Romans 3:23)  The Bible teaches us that there is a consequence for sin – separation from a holy God. (Isaiah 59:2)  In fact, the Bible goes on to say that end result of sin is judgment (Hebrews 9:27), condemnation (John 3:36), and death (Romans 6:23) and that there is nothing that you and I can do to solve this problem.

Point Two – There Is A Solution That solution is found in the person of Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:23)  Jesus was sent to take our punishment, to die in our place. (John 3:16)  He paid the penalty of our sin so that we could be reconciled to God, both now and in eternity. (I John 4:10)  The Bible tells us that Jesus is the only solution for our sin problem. (John 14:6)

Point Three – A Decision Is Required.  It is not enough to just know about Jesus Christ and His death on the cross.  We must choose to put our trust in Christ, to receive this free gift of salvation that God offers. (John 1:12)  All of us have the problem of sin.  There is only one solution to the problem – the person of Jesus Christ and His death on the cross for us.  Everyone must make his or her own decision.  What will you do with Jesus Christ?  Consider carefully; your choice has eternal consequences.

Statement of Faith

1. The Bible is the supreme and final authority for faith and practice for the church and its members. (2 Peter 1:3-4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

2. Jesus Christ is our Lord and God, who created all that exists, who secured salvation from the penalty of hell (to all who receive Him) through His death, burial, and bodily resurrection. (John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16-18, Hebrews 1:8-9, I Corinthians 15:1-4, Acts 4:12)

3. Salvation is by grace through faith in the substitutionary death of Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-10, Acts 4:12)

4. Every Christian is baptized by the Holy Spirit when he believes the gospel of Jesus Christ.  At that moment he also receives a spiritual gift to be used to edify the body of Christ. (Galatians 3:2, Ephesians 1:13, 1 Corinthians 12:11-13, 1 Peter 4:10)

5. Every believer is a priest and is to offer up spiritual sacrifices. (1Peter 2:9-10, Romans 12:1-2, Hebrews 13:15-16, Psalm 51:17)

6. God gave two ordinances to be celebrated by the church; baptism by water, and the Lord’s supper. (Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

7. Jesus Christ could return at any time and take His church out of this world to be with Him forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 3:3, Revelation 16:5)