This past Sunday, we began to walk through a series on our 12 values. (You can find the full listing here.) Dictionary.com defines a value as ”A principle, standard, or quality considered worthwhile or desirable.” Thinking in this vein, the values we have are an attempt to reflect our priorities, what’s important to us; and in addition, to reflect what we desire to become, what will characterize us a local body of Jesus followers.
One of our “vertical” values is the Gospel. At Mercy Hill we will work hard at keeping the Gospel central. This means that though we talk about the Gospel as one of our core values, in a very real sense, the Gospel is that which defines who we are in Jesus and then leads us to embrace all of our values.
Simply stated, the Gospel is God’s good news to broken sinners that Jesus Christ came to live, die and rise again for the forgiveness of sin to bring redeemed sinners under God’s gracious reign for the renewal of all things. Our lives are centered in this news: “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” (1 Timothy 1:15)
We believe the grace offered in the Gospel, imparted by the Spirit, is the most powerful change agent in the universe. It is, “the very power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” (Rom. 1:16). Therefore, we are “eager to preach the gospel…” (Rom. 1:15) It will be central to all we do.
By God’s persevering grace, we will be a Gospel people – never forgetting that God’s good news to broken sinners is that Jesus Christ came to live, die and rise again for the forgiveness of our sin to bring redeemed sinners like us under God’s gracious reign for the renewal of all things.