At Gospel Life, everything is about and for the God-man, Jesus Christ! Jesus entered into human history over 2000 years ago and not only claimed to be God, but proved it though his perfect, sinless life, horrific death and magnificent bodily resurrection. Jesus is the awaited Messiah who would come to bring rescue and redemption to the world. At Gospel Life Church, we believe that:
Jesus claimed to be God incarnate who came down from heaven (John 6:38). God alone calls heaven his eternal home and God alone could descend from heaven. This claim has never been made before or since by the founder of any other world religion. As a result, at Gospel Life we worship Jesus for who he says that he is, God.
In his great love for us, Jesus went to the cross where he took on the punishment of death that we justly deserve (Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2) and satisfied the just wrath of God. Before his death and after his resurrection, Jesus preached that the good news of God’s kingdom, love, promise, forgiveness, and acceptance was fulfilled in him, in both his life and sacrificial death. Consequently, at Gospel Life we worship Jesus as our Savior because we know that God can and will save even the most guilty of wretched sinners who turn to Jesus in repentant faith.
Upon his resurrection Jesus conquered sin, Satan and death and as a result, the Bible speaks of him as "Lord", which reveals that Jesus is the reigning King of all kings and has sovereign rule over all creation (John 18:36). In addition, Jesus is not just the King who rules over nations of the earth and principalities and powers in the heavens, His rule also extends into every major and minor detail in all of human life. At Gospel LIfe we worship Jesus is our King and we demonstrate that fact in our desire to give him precedence, honor, loyalty and obedience in everything.
We believe that Jesus is the chief shepherd of all the church (1 Peter 5:4). He is the one who builds the church, and the church is his bride (Ephesians 5:22-23). Therefore, it is absolutely vital that the church loves, submits to, obeys, and imitates Jesus in everything according to the teaching of his word. When rightly interpreted, the Bible is about Jesus Christ and his role as God and Savior. Consequently, Jesus is the senior pastor of Gospel Life and has the highest authority and devotion which is identified in our leadership organization chart and life as a church. The elders, deacons and members highest priority is to remain faithful to Jesus and desire only to bring honor and glory to Him in all things!
As stated in the Bible, the gospel is the power of God for salvation for all who believe (Rom. 1:16). Calling the gospel the power of God for the salvation means that it is the power to accomplish the whole matter of salvation from beginning to end without a scrap of human effort. This is “Good News” because it means that the God who made us, loves us and despite our sinful condition and outright rejection of him, has pursued us and even achieved salvation for us in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Apart from the gospel there is no forgiveness of sins, no hope, no transformation and no point in life. But because of his great love for us God treated Jesus the way we deserved and he daily treats us the way Jesus deserved. This is truly Good News and as a result, we hold the gospel as “of first importance” (1 Corinthians 15:3) and believe that it is relevant for every one, every day, and every moment of their lives and when understood and experienced, a person will be moved to live a completely different life in the power of the Holy Spirit, we call this the Gospel Life.
Who we are, what we are, and everything that defines us…it’s all about Jesus.
He died in our place and because He lives we’re alive in Him. The Apostle Paul teaches this in his letter to the early church at Ephesus; that the identity of the Christian is defined by the person and work of Jesus Christ. In the gospel-rich passage of Ephesians 2:5-6 Paul writes that salvation is the work of God through His son, Jesus Christ, and that He,
Made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Paul teaches that Jesus saves, we don’t, and that we are called, made alive, saved, raised up, and seated with God in Christ Jesus. Paul uses this identity-rich phrase ‘with Christ’ and ‘in Christ’ a total of six times in Ephesians 2:1-10, and, in all of his letters to the early church, he refers to being ‘in Christ’ a total of 216 times . An identity rooted in Jesus Christ was a big deal to Paul and it’s a big deal to us at Gospel Life as well. In fact, the whole bible teaches that the Christian’s identity can only be found only in Christ. Jesus Christ, the God-Man who entered human history to seek and save the lost, taught this as well when he spoke to His disciples following the Passover meal before His crucifixion and death. He told them,
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bares much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. "
Christ’s command to ‘abide in me’ and Paul’s words ‘with Christ’ or ‘in Christ’ point to the fact that our identity isn’t found in Christian behavior or in Christian rules but that it’s only found in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus is our identity; this is the Gospel Life.
When it comes to our lives it’s not if we worship, it’s what we worship, and everyone is a worshipper worshipping something or somebody.
For some, it’s people. For others, pleasure. And for many, it’s worship of possessions. Jesus Christ came as the perfect person, the greatest pleasure, and the ultimate possession to declare that He’s the only one worthy of our worship and to declare that worship of anything but Him will end in certain death. However, the story doesn’t end there. Jesus, in perfect love, took our place in death, confronting and conquering Satan, sin and death on our behalf and then rose from the dead securing new life for those who put their faith in Him. For those that trust in Jesus, Jesus gives them new life, changes their desires, and leads them by His Spirit to make Him the object of their affection and praise. At Gospel Life Church we believe that Jesus Christ is our life, and because He is our life, we worship Jesus. This is the Gospel Life.
God is our Father, Jesus is our big brother, and because of what He’s done Jesus makes us family.
In Ephesians 2:13-15 the Apostle Paul teaches that the life, death, and resurrection of Christ restores our relationship with God and reconciles our relationships with one another. He writes:
"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility…that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross."
The Christian experiences true community in Christ because it is Jesus Christ that brings the Christian near to God, not us, our family, or our behavior. Paul really drives this point home by using the phrase ‘in Christ’, or something similar, four times in the three community-rich verses of Ephesians 2:13-15. His point is this: only in Christ Jesus, through an identity established by Him and in Him, can Christians have access to a restored relationship with God and with each other. Community, then, must be seen as a gift from which was God broken by sin but one which is now reconciled through Jesus Christ and His wonderful work in the gospel. Ultimately, Jesus allows us to love each other because He first loved us, and when this happens, the church becomes a people instead of a building; this is the Gospel Life.
As God sent Jesus, Jesus sends us, and our mission is to live in our families, our neighborhoods, our jobs, and our communities proclaiming the good news that Jesus Christ saves sinners.
Ultimately, this mission is only made possible through Jesus, and in the Great Commission of Matthew 28:16-20 we see that Jesus reminds His followers that their authority, purpose, and identity come solely from Him. He says to them before His ascension into heaven:
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Just as a good coach travels with his team for every away game, Jesus goes with His disciples as they duplicate themselves throughout the world in His name. For Jesus, staying at home while His disciples did all the work was not an option. A supernatural partnership for their efficacy in mission was established in Him from the start and He reminded them that their identity as disciples was dependent on His power at work within them. When this happens, the world sees Jesus in and through the lives of His followers, us. Paul speaks to this when he encouraged the church in Colossae that it was “Christ in them, the hope of glory” that made it possible for them to carry out the great mission of Christ in the world. We are on mission with Jesus to make much of Jesus, and this is the Gospel Life.
At Gospel Life Church, we look forward to and get excited about coming together to worship God and to engage with one another. We believe that the church is primarily a people, not a place, therefore we place high value on relationships. At Gospel Life you will not find religiosity, pretense or empty rituals, but instead discover that we are real people, asking real questions, worshiping a real God.
We gather together on Sundays at 10:00am (9:00am on Nov. 6th only) to worship through song, the preached Word, and the Lord's Supper. So whether you already follow Jesus or are seeking to know what that means, you can expect to receive a warm welcome.
Puyallup SDA Church
902 Shaw Road E
Puyallup, WA 98372
9:00AM on Sunday, Nov. 6th
Normal Service Time: 10:00AM
Beginning October 23rd:
TRUSTING & TREASURING JESUS: A Study in Colossians
It’s extremely easy to forget what the Christian faith is all about. We struggle so much, we work so hard, and we fail so often that it’s hard not to conclude that something is missing in our hearts and lives. When in this place, it’s easy to look to people, things, circumstances and even our religious practices to satisfy those deep longings in our soul. The Book of Colossians is clear that all we need, long for, desire and crave has already been graciously extended to us in and through the Power and Glory of Jesus. During this series, you’ll be challenged to look away from yourself and all other would be gods and place your hope in Someone greater! Please join us for this series and discover the freedom of Trusting and Treasuring Jesus!
GOSPEL LIFE KIDS (GLK):
GLK provides a safe, fun environment for all kids ages birth to 10 years old every Sunday during the 10:00am service. All of our volunteers are thoroughly vetted and safety is a huge priority.
In Gospel Life Kids, our desire is to share God’s love and the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ with every child we meet so they may Grow to Love and Know Jesus more (Phillipians 1:9)!
If you are a first-time visitor, look for the GLK banner in the foyer on Sunday morning!
Find out more about GLK here: Gospel Life Kids