CORE VALUES

GOSPEL

The word gospel simply means “good news.” The central message of the Bible is the gospel, or good news, about the person and work of Jesus Christ.

In 1 Corinthians 15:1–4, Paul provides the most succinct summary of the gospel: the man Jesus, both God and Christ, and died on a cross in our place, paying the penalty for our sins. Three days later, He rose to conquer sin and death, and give the gift of salvation to all who believe in Him alone for eternal life.  The gospel is central to every aspect of our lives at The Axis Church.

The gospel is key to both our salvation and our transformation. It is the power of God for salvation for those who believe and the truth God uses to continually change believers. Through belief in the gospel, we are restored to a right relationship with God and through a deepening belief in the gospel we are changed and made more like Jesus. We view the gospel as the hub to which every spoke of the Christian life is connected, rather than a first step on the stairway of the Christian life. We allow the gospel to inform and transform every aspect of our life together.

The great reformer Martin Luther rightly said that, as sinners, we are prone to pursue a relationship with God in one of two ways. The first is religion/spirituality and the second is the gospel. The two are antithetical in nearly every way.

 

>>RELIGION vs GOSPEL<<


COMMUNITY

When God created human beings, he designed us to be in community—both with Him and with one another.

Sin damaged those relationships, but through Jesus Christ, God is restoring people to right relationship with Himself and with one another.

When the first followers of Jesus were filled with the Spirit (Acts 2), they began to live as a family that had God as its Father. They shared meals, met in one another’s homes, gathered regularly to celebrate what God was doing, and lived lives characteristic of the radical generosity and love they had experienced through Jesus Christ. “Church” was not a service, a meeting, or a building; it was the family of God sharing everyday life as brothers and sisters, carrying out God’s purposes by God’s power. In our Axis Communities, we share life like the early church did, blessed by God in order to be a blessing to others.  We seek to stand in contrast to many churches that have reduced Christian community to merely a Sunday service or small group meeting.

The Scriptures are clear: the transformation from non-believer to new believer, and new believer to mature believer, happens best in community—and this authentic community is much more than a meeting. The pastors or elders cannot personally disciple everyone—nor are they called to do so.  Community is the context for change and for us as family to disciple one another and help one another become more like Jesus. The gospel is the transforming tool of truth empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Living life together in Axis Communities, by God’s grace, is what will make Jesus attractive to our city and the people God is calling us to reach!


MISSION

The Church doesn’t have a mission, God’s mission has a Church.

When God created human beings, he designed us to be in community—both with Him and with one another.  Sin damaged those relationships, but through Jesus Christ, God is restoring people to right relationship with Himself and with one another.

When the first followers of Jesus were filled with the Spirit (Acts 2), they began to live as a family that had God as its Father. They shared meals, met in one another’s homes, gathered regularly to celebrate what God was doing, and lived lives characteristic of the radical generosity and love they had experienced through Jesus Christ. “Church” was not a service, a meeting, or a building; it was the family of God sharing everyday life as brothers and sisters, carrying out God’s purposes by God’s power. In our Axis Communities, we share life like the early church did, blessed by God in order to be a blessing to others.  We seek to stand in contrast to many churches that have reduced Christian community to merely a Sunday service or small group meeting.

The Scriptures are clear: the transformation from non-believer to new believer, and new believer to mature believer, happens best in community—and this authentic community is much more than a meeting. The pastors or elders cannot personally disciple everyone—nor are they called to do so.  Community is the context for change and for us as family to disciple one another and help one another become more like Jesus. The gospel is the transforming tool of truth empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Living life together in Axis Communities, by God’s grace, is what will make Jesus attractive to our city and the people God is calling us to reach!


RELIGION vs GOSPEL

Religion leads to self-righteousness and pride or self-hate and sorrow. The Gospel leads to humility, thankfulness, greater self-awareness, a greater love for Jesus, and pure motivation to live the lives He is calling us to live.