Our Beliefs

 

The Gospel

“Gospel” simply means “good news” and is the pronouncement concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is all about Jesus: That he is God and became a man, lived the life most abundant life with God and others without sin. Jesus died the death we should have died, as our substitute. Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin and its effects.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,
— Apostle Paul, Romans 1:16

Gospel Power

The Gospel is the power of God to save (Romans 1:9). Through Jesus’ death and resurrection we have been saved from the penalty of sin (justification), we are being saved from the power of sin (sanctification) and we will be saved from the presence of sin. This means the same power that saved us from the penalty for sin also helps us obey God now. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 1:27-29; 2:6-7)
You are more broken and sinful than you ever dared believe, and at the same time you are more loved and accepted than you ever dared hope, because of Jesus.
— Tim Keller

GOSPEL PURPOSE

The good news is also that God sent his Son to redeem the world from the affects of sin and create a new humanity. Eventually the whole world will be renewed to the way God originally created it. Rebellion, death, decay, injustice, and suffering will all be removed. When everything is restored, God will be seen by all for who he truly is—he will be glorified. (Ephesians 2:10,14-22; 2 Corinthians 5:15-21; Revelation 21).
The gospel is not just about my individual happiness or God’s plan for my life. It is about God’s plan for the world.
— Jeff Vanderstelt

Theological Statements

In additional to the centrality of the gospel, we align ourselves to the Lausanne Covenant, a historic and holistic theological statement. As members of Acts 29, we are in full unity with its theological distinctives and values.  Additional, we hold the theological distinctives of the Soma Family of Churches in North America. Many of these theological statements overlap, but provide increased context for our doctrinal beliefs.