The Refuge Church is Gospel-Centered. To be gospel-centered means to focus on Jesus, who he is and what he has done, not on who we are and what we have done or will do for God. The gospel is the good news about Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1) who came “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). The gospel is for everyone, every day, and every moment.
In 1 Corinthians 15:4-6, Paul declares and defines the gospel clearly: “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures… he was buried… he was raised on the third day… he appeared.” Paul says these facts are “of first importance” (1 Corinthians 15:3).
To hold this gospel message as “of first importance” is what it means for one’s theology to be “gospel-centered.” The gospel should have a central place in Christian theology and ministry. The gospel is clearly the center of the purpose of Jesus’ ministry and the Bible. It should also to be the center of what every Christian and church believes because the gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who believe (Romans 1:16).