We believe the Bible teaches that the Gospel is the power of God for salvation.1 God works by His Spirit through the preaching of the Gospel message to bring people to a response of repentance from sins and a life of faith.2 The Gospel is God’s revelation of good news and hope concerning what Jesus Christ has accomplished in history – as both Savior and Lord – to reconcile people to God by His sinless life on earth, His sacrificial death for our sins, His resurrection from the dead, and His return to God to intercede for His people.3 Except for Jesus Christ and because of sin, the whole human race is unrighteous, deserving of God’s everlasting judgment, and subject to His condemnation and wrath.4 Even so, God has made gracious promises of blessing and reconciliation for the world revealed throughout the Old Testament Scriptures, and Jesus is the Christ sent by God to fulfill His promises.5 When He became a human being like us, Jesus overcame all of the temptations of the flesh, the world, and Satan; He lived a sinless life on earth; and He obeyed perfectly the word and will of God the Father.6 In His sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus served as the perfect Substitute for His people, and He satisfied God’s righteous judgment for the sins of all who would ever believe in Him.7 Raising Jesus from the dead and exalting Him, God the Father proved His acceptance of Christ’s perfect sacrifice and proclaimed Jesus to be Savior of His people and Lord over all things.8 God promises and offers forgiveness, new spiritual life, the gift of His Holy Spirit, and everlasting fellowship to all who repent and trust Jesus Christ.9 Genuine repentance involves humbly turning away from one's own sin in view of God's mercy and turning to God with a desire to follow His good will.10 True saving faith involves receiving and believing the truth of Jesus Christ, trusting Jesus Christ as risen Savior and Lord, and relying upon God to be faithful to His promises in the Gospel.11
1 On the gospel message as God's power: Rom. 1:16-17 and 10:17; 1 Cor. 1:18.
2 On God's work through the ministry of preaching and teaching: Matt. 28:19-20; John 6:63 and 17:20; Acts 10:44; Rom. 1:13-17; 6:17 and 16:25; 1 Cor. 2:1-5; 2 Cor. 4:5-6; 2 Tim. 2:24-26 and 4:1-2; 1 Thes. 1:5; James 1:18; 1 Pet. 1:12 and 23.
3 On the fundamental facts of Christ and the Gospel: Mark 1:1ff; John 3:16; Luke 24:44-47; Rom. 1:1-6 and 10:9; 1 Cor. 15:1-9; 2 Tim. 2:8. Note: The Gospel is not what we do; but rather, it tells us what God has done through Christ to rescue and restore sinful people.
4 On the necessity of Christ’s saving work: Rom. 1:18-32 and 3:23; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Eph. 2:1-3 and 5, 4:17-19, and 5:5-6; Col. 3:5-7. Humanity's sin necessitated Christ to come to die as the sacrificial substitute for His people – bearing the sin, condemnation, wrath, and judgment His people deserve – and in such a way that God would be both just and merciful in His work of reconciling to Himself sinners and the world; See: Rom 3:21-26 and 8:3; Gal. 3:11-14; Heb. 9:22; 1 Pet. 3:18.
5 On God's promises of blessing and reconciliation in the Old Testament, to be fulfilled in Christ: Gen. 3:15; 12:1-3; Ps. 22:22-31 and 72; Isa. 2:1-4; 9:1-7 and 52:13-53:12; Ezek. 36:26; Jer. 31:31-34; Matt. 5:1-17; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 4:16-21 and 24:46-48; Rom. 1:2; Gal. 3:8; and 1 Pet. 1:10-12.
6 On Christ’s sinless life, perfect righteousness, and obedience: Matt. 3:15 and 5:17; Rom. 5:12-21; Heb. 4:15.
7 On the significance of Christ’s death as our substitute: Rom. 3:24-26 and 8:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13.
8 On the significance of Christ’s resurrection: Luke 23:46; Acts 2:36; Rom. 4:25.
9 On the free offer of the Gospel to all: Luke 24:47; John 3:16; Acts 17:30 and 26:20; Rom 1:16-17; 2 Pet. 3:9.
10 On the nature of genuine repentance: Ps. 51; Isa. 55:7; Ezek. 14:6; Luke 18:13; 2 Cor. 7:10-11; 1 Thess. 1:9.
11 On the nature of saving faith: John 1:12; Acts 15:11 and 16:31; Rom. 4:4-5 and 4:19-25; Gal. 2:20; Heb. 11:1-40. Relying on God to be faithful to His promises in the Gospel includes trusting God for His gifts of forgiveness, new spiritual life, the Holy Spirit, and everlasting fellowship with Him.