If Southlands were a town, the Gospel would be Main Street, the central hub and heart-throb of our gathering, living and moving. The life of our community is found at the foot of a bloody cross and the mouth of an empty grave.
The Gospel is the means by which this community relates. Having been redeemed by God’s grace we seek to live graciously with one another. Our love for Jesus is tested horizontally in our love for one another. We value authenticity, doing our best to discard the masks of pretense. We have exchanged the fig leaf for the cross. Shame and denial have been replaced by grace and truth.
The Gospel means that we are all a people on God’s Mission. This mission requires our presence in the world. As Jesus was sent, so are we. We see God’s image in every individual. We seek to live relationally, with patience and compassion towards the world. The Gospel humanizes people. Being on God’s mission also includes the proclamation of a Message. We believe that every believer is called to the happy discipline of proclaiming Christ, imploring all people to be reconciled to God. We understand that the happiest hour in heaven is the hour when one sinner repents, and this too is our aim and delight.