What Matters

We believe the Gospel matters because people matter. The Gospel is the good news about what God has done in Jesus Christ to reconcile men and women back to himself in loving and joyful relationship.

The one true and living God, who is perfectly holy and just (Isaiah 5:16), who has always existed in perfect harmony as Father, Son and Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11), has made each of us in his image to know and love him (Gen. 1:26-28).

Yet despite this, we all have sinned against God (Rom. 3:10-11,23), we have fallen short of His perfect standard (Matthew 5:48) and in so doing, cut ourselves off from the joy of His presence. However, with immense love and at great cost, the Father sent his Son Jesus to come as suffering servant (Mark 10:45) to rescue his people from the ultimate consequence of sin, namely death (Romans 6:23). Jesus lived a perfect life and gave His life as a perfect sacrifice, thus fulfilling God’s just standards and taking on himself the punishment for the sins of many (Isaiah 53:6-12); then he rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted his sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been exhausted (Acts 2:24, Romans 1:4; 4:25).

In conquering death, Jesus now offers life. God calls each of us to turn away from our sins in repentance (Acts 2:38) and to turn to Jesus Christ alone in faith (Acts 16:31).
If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God (John 3:16). Jesus said clearly, the one who believes has eternal life” (John 6:47, NIV). The Gospel matters because it is a message of life to all people who will hear and believe.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
        my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
        nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
        you will fill me with joy in your presence,
        with eternal pleasures at your right hand. ~ Psalm 16:9-11