The Gospel of Jesus Christ is what the church must be about. If it were not for the Gospel, the Christian church would not even exist today. While the word "Gospel" is thrown around a lot in our culture it is important for us to ask what the Gospel really is.
The English word Gospel comes from the Greek word "euangelion" meaning, "good news." It is the good news of God to the human race. But in order for there to be good news there must also be bad news.
The Bad News: When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and decided to pursue their own way, they fell from their relationship with Him in Eden (Genesis 3). With them, we and all of humanity fell and have been separated from God and children of his wrath. (Romans 5:12-14, Ephesians 2:1-3). Through the sin of Adam we are all sinners by our very nature and our choices. This sin nature is the essence of our problem, our alienation from God. This bad news is what has led to the world being as it is today. Death, pain, suffering all exist because of this fall.
The Good News: From that point on God has been working in the world to remedy what we broke through our sin. He created a people through whom the Savior of the world would come and orchestrated the events of human history in preparing the right time and place (Hebrews 1:1-2) for Jesus Christ (God-in-flesh) to come into the world and be for us the Second Adam (Romans 5:17). Jesus Christ accomplished the work of the Gospel for humanity through his sinless life, his brutal death on a Roman cross, and his resurrection from the dead three days later. In these things Jesus truly is for us our righteousness, and lived the life we were meant to live but never could. By His death, many things were accomplished but among them were, justification (being made righteous before God, Romans 5:9a), propitiation (the wrath of God removed from us and placed onto Christ, Romans 5:9b), and reconciliation to God (Romans 5:10). This is why the Gospel is truly good news!
Through this Gospel Jesus transforms our lives and gives us the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to teach, convict, and bring us to God as righteous men and women. It is by this Gospel that we can now live on mission with Christ in the world.
At The Well, the Gospel will be the driving force of everything we do, and it is the first step in the discipleship process that we will be walking through as a Christian community. Whoever attends one of our worship gatherings or community groups will hear and see the Gospel through the Word of God being taught, through the Word of God being sung in worship, and through the people of God living it out.