Over the next few posts, we are going to highlight our values at Grace Hill. Now there are many important beliefs and actions we value. However, we chose five that really are at our core. At Grace Hill, we will work intentionally to maintain gospel-centrality, and this is why the gospel is not one of our core values. Rather, we believe the gospel informs and shapes who we are in Jesus Christ and therefore leads us to embrace these particular values. It is because we want everything that we think, do, say, feel etc. to be shaped by the gospel, we thought it was important to share exactly what we mean by the word “gospel.”
“Gospel,” can be thrown around in Christian circles as quickly as a hot potato and perhaps just as carelessly. It would be impossible to explain all the implications of the gospel, but today, I will seek to give a simple explanation of what Grace Hill means when we use the word “gospel.”
The word gospel fundamentally means “good news.” Even the Greek, when broken down, would mean “good message” (euangelion; eu = good; angelion = message). We as Christians affectionately refer to the gospel as “good news,” because we truly believe it to be the best news ever!
Why? The gospel is good news because it addresses our biggest problem: sin. To quote the late R.C. Sproul, “The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I’m not.”
So, what does a holy, just, and good God do with sinful people like us? God would be well within his right to send us all to hell and give us the eternal punishment our sin deserves. However, the One true God did not do that. Out of his love, he does something about man’s sinful state. And this is why the gospel is the joyous declaration that, for His own glory, God is redeeming the world through Christ and that he calls everyone everywhere to repent from sin and trust Jesus Christ for salvation.
Not only are we born into a sinful state, each of us has willingly sinned against God, breaking his law and rebelling against his rule and the penalty for our sin is death and Hell. But because of his love, God sent his Son, Jesus, to live, for his people’s sake, the perfect, obedient life God requires and to die on the cross in our place for our sin.
On the third day, Christ rose bodily from the grave and now reigns in heaven, offering forgiveness, righteousness, resurrection, and eternal blessedness in God’s presence to everyone who repents of sin and trusts solely in Him for salvation.
The gospel is a joyous declaration.
To find out more about how the gospel informs our core values, go to our values page.
* REMINDER: We would like to invite you to attend the Grace Hill Church Interest Meeting on Thursday, February 22 at 7pm. For more information on our interest meeting, click here.