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.