The Gospel is the good news of God’s grace invading the darkness and brokenness of this world. It is the good news that God has acted in history to conquer evil, rebellion, and sin and reconcile sinners to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor 15:1-12). Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the Gospel. His resurrection is the power of the Gospel. His ascension is the glory of the Gospel.
Gospel-centered is a phrase that you'll hear often at RSBC. In fact, this word holds a significant place in who we aim to be and what we aim to do as a local church. Our vision statement says,
We exist to eagerly worship Jesus through Gospel-centered teaching, community and outreach.
The Apostle Paul tells us that in Jesus "are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col. 2:3). In Christ, "the fullness of God was pleased to dwell" (Col. 1:19). Therefore, the person and work of Jesus Christ is the central message in all things, and the essence of deep teaching is found in Christ alone.
For us, Gospel-centered is much more than a buzzword to capture people's attention. The desire of your pastors is to lead you to an understanding that, the Gospel shapes everything we are and everything that we do. A Gospel-centered church understands and grows its people in the grace-enabled, Gospel identities of Disciple, Family, and Ambassador
With this understanding in mind, our worship of Jesus launches RSBC towards upward delight in God, inward love and unity for each other, and zealously outward in love and service for the communities we aim to reach with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
And it is Christ alone who:
We plead with you not to let the repetition with which you will hear the word, Gospel-centered, lead you to a calloused indifference to its significance. Instead, let the true weight of the word sink into your hearts, helping you rekindle the flames of passion for what Christ has done for you and who you are in him.
For His Glory,