We are God-centered because we believe that everything is “from him through him and to him” (Rom. 11:37). The Triune God created the world from nothing and upholds it by “the word of his power” (Heb.1:3). Therefore, the central purpose of our lives is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.
We are Bible-centered because we believe that the 66 books of the Bible are the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is our infallible and divine authority in all matters of faith and life. In other words, the Bible is completely trustworthy in everything God intends to teach about himself, the world, salvation, faith, and how we ought to live.
We are gospel-centered because we believe that the gospel (lit. good news) of Christ is the central message of the Bible and “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16). The gospel is a true story about death entering the world through sin and God’s radical solution to this problem through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The gospel says that we do not receive salvation through good works but the Holy Spirit unites us to Christ by grace alone through faith alone (Titus 3:4-7). For a helpful summary of the gospel, click here.
We are historically-rooted because we subscribe to the historic Christian faith as taught in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and helpfully expressed over 1,500 years in these documents: