A gospel-centered church in Austin, Texas

Every church puts the gospel on display in unique ways as God shapes a community around the message of Jesus and His kingdom. That is what we mean by “DNA.” It’s who we are and what we do. Our central aim is to understand the gospel in all its fullness and apply the gospel to all of life. This means we long to be the kind of people who have firsthand knowledge of Jesus and can talk about Him with sincerity, who experience the love of Christ through each other, and who are compelled by the love of Christ to live for others. Our vision of gospel-centrality has three distinct expressions: gospel, community, and mission.

Gospel

The Gospel is a message that is to be preached or proclaimed (Mark 1:14; Acts 14:21). It is the good news that God has acted in history to conquer evil and reconcile sinners to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-12). It is the redemptive story of creation-fall-redemption-consummation. A gospel-centered church is one where the gospel is proclaimed clearly, consistently, and compellingly (1 Cor. 9:16-23).

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Community

The gospel is not just a message to be believed, but a power to be experienced (Rom. 1:16). The gospel shapes a new community as those who were formerly God’s enemies are reconciled to Him (Rom. 5:10) and adopted into his family (Gal. 4:4-7). A gospel-centered church is not a place, but a people - a community that is continually being reformed and renewed by the power of the gospel (Col. 1:6).

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Mission

The gospel is a call to action – a declaration that “the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15). God is not just interested in the salvation of humans, but in the restoration of all of creation to its original “good” (Gen. 1:31; Rom. 8:19-22). A gospel-centered church is active in the work of mercy, justice, and cultural renewal, praying and working against the effects of sin so that God’s will might be done “on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).

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