What is the Gospel?
The gospel. It is all about Jesus. At Riverside, everything we do centers around Jesus. If there is a scripture that best sums up exactly what we are about and what the gospel is, it would be Ephesians 2:1-10...
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Whether we realize it or not, we are created for a relationship with Jesus and we are created for doing the good work he calls us to do. It is our goal to help each other realize these truths, to be continually growing in the gospel, applying it to our lives, and living it out in an experiential way for God's glory.
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