Gateway is a church committed to the gospel, both in our individual lives and collectively as a church family. What do we mean by the gospel? The word gospel is a word that simply means "good news." Though all of Scripture is the message of the gospel, it is a message summarized for us in 1 Corinthians 15:1-5:
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you-- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
We believe the gospel is not primarily about us or our need, but primarily is about God and His glory. In the words of Matt Chandler in his book The Explicit Gospel, "The Bible is for us, but it's not about us. From beginning to end, the Scriptures reveal that the foremost desire of God's heart is not our salvation but rather the glory of his own name. God's glory is what drives the universe; it is why everything exists."
At Gateway, we understand the Gospel to be the message that God created us for His glory. However, we all have rebelled and sinned against God. While He would be just to condemn us for our sin, in His great grace and mercy He has rescued us (saved us) from our sin, not by overlooking it, but by coming Himself in human flesh, living a perfect life to fulfill the law we could not fulfill, then going to the cross to die as our substitute, taking the holy wrath of God that we deserve for our sin. It is a glorious message of how "the wisdom of God devised a way for the love of God to deliver sinners from the wrath of God while not compromising the righteousness of God”(John Piper in Desiring God).
It is God's grace that saves us, and we receive it through faith alone in Christ alone. Our response is to live lives of worship before Him, loving Him because He first loved us.