Wynnum Presbyterian Church is a Reformed and Evangelical Church holding to the Westminster Confession of Faith with a strong focus on God’s good news concerning the Lord Jesus Christ and his saving work.
We believe in:
1. The Centrality of the Gospel
In general, the gospel is the message of the Bible that God is rescuing his fallen creation through the coming of his kingdom in the person and work of Jesus Christ. In particular, the gospel is the message that we are saved from our sins by a free gift through faith in the finished work of Christ. We are saved not through our efforts and works. Wynnum PC believes that the gospel is not merely a body of truth, but the very power of God which enlivens, changes, and shapes everything with which it has contact—hearts and identities, relationships, practices in every area of life. So the gospel is “central,” first, because it is not merely one part of belief, but it is a power that affects every area of life when its implications are felt and thought out. But secondly, the gospel is “central” because it is neither legalism (trying to gain favor with God through good works) on the one hand nor relativism (having no firm sense of right and wrong) on the other.
2. Changed Lives
It is common to think the gospel is a message mainly to be shared with non-believers to bring them salvation, after which they grow through following Biblical principles. But at Wynnum PC we believe the gospel is a message for believers also—that believing, understanding, rejoicing in and practicing the gospel more deeply is the main way believers overcome flaws and problems and grow into Christ-likeness. The gospel changes us from the inside out, freeing us from both self-righteousness and self-condemnation, enabling us to welcome all people, including those who don’t share our beliefs. Bringing the gospel to bear on life is therefore the essence of what we do in preaching, pastoral care, counseling, and education. The gospel can change anyone at all.
3. Gospel Community
Because the gospel changes our hearts and identities, it makes us into people who move towards conducting far more transparent, honest, intimate, and loving relationships. So the gospel creates a new kind of community. And, the nature of the gospel is best conveyed and made plain in community because the gospel is not only a body of truth but also a life-changing power. Growth in gospel grace (discipleship) is best done in a community of informal relationships, not in a classroom or through a book. It is in community that people see how a gospel-changed heart really works—in our humility as well as our boldness; in our quickness to repent (acknowledge error and change), forgive, and reconcile; and in the uniqueness of our life practices. The gospel does not merely make us closer in our one-on-one relationships, but also creates a counter-culture, a contrast community in which all can see the difference the gospel makes.