What is the gospel? Very simply, it is the apostolic teaching that Jesus Christ died, was buried, rose again, ascended to heaven where He is now, and will return to judge the earth (1 Corinthians 15:1-11). And, that is the message Christ commands all His followers to proclaim (Matthew 28:18-20).
The pattern of evangelism surfaces from the book of Acts. Every sermon in Acts presents Jesus Christ. Evangelism involves confronting people with the person of Jesus Christ. It is much more personal than a heaven vs. hell decision. Evangelism declares that Jesus Christ died, rose, ascended, and will return – and that that person will stand before Him. The importance of the return and the judgment it includes rests on the fact that every person stands personally condemned before a holy God. The work of Jesus Christ supplies the only means of payment for one’s personal sins against God.
Paul declared that this message is a message of triumph and for over three chapters (2 Corinthians 2:14-7:4) details the ministry of serving as Christ’s ambassadors. He was consumed with the message of Christ because the personal salvation wrought in His life by coming to Christ. Furthermore, he denounced any underhanded modes of manipulation to bring people to Christ.
ECBC holds to a strong commitment to proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ. We strive to engage people in our spheres of influence in order to present Christ. At the same time, we reject psychological manipulation for decisions and believe that the Holy Spirit brings conviction through the clear proclamation of the person and work of Christ. We are committed to proclaiming Christ locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally and seek to support others called to proclaim Christ in foreign lands.