At Grace Central Church and New Song Church, Jesus Christ is central to everything we are, as well as everything we do. We believe that Jesus Christ is God, the 2nd Person of the Trinity. He is the Son of God; fully man, yet fully God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. Though begotten, Jesus was not made. He lived the perfect holy life that we could not live; then Jesus died the substitutionary death on the cross, as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of the elect. Jesus actually physically rose again from the dead on the 3rd day, and after validating His resurrection through many convincing proofs to His disciples and many other followers, He ascended into heaven. Jesus shall come again in glory, to judge all the living and all the dead.
Without Jesus Christ, there is no Christianity. The foundation of what Christians believe rests in the Lord Jesus Christ. According to the Bible (Acts 4:12), there is no other name but Jesus, by which men and women may inherit eternal life in heaven. Because all of us are sinners (Romans 3:23), every person in the world deserves to go to hell. But God, in His great mercy, sent Jesus to earth to pay the penalty of sin with His blood for millions and millions of people (Revelation 5:9). For this enormous group of people, the elect (Ephesians 1:3-12), through imputation, Jesus took upon Himself their sins and gave to them His righteousness (2nd Corinthians 5:21). After God regenerates us, we are finally aware of our sin and repent over our spiritual crimes against the Lord. When we confess our sins, God hears us, forgiving our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Along with repenting in sorrow over our countless sins, the Christian also places all of his/her trust in Jesus as well, (Mark 1:15). No longer are we king over our own lives; Jesus is now the highest authority. He reigns as king on the throne of our lives. Jesus is now #1, not we ourselves. Because of this, whether we are new Christians or whether we’ve been following Jesus for 50 years, all that we do is a continual cycle of repentance and faith. We repent again and again, and re-believe again and again in the gospel of the grace of Christ. Even our spiritual maturity is based solely on how closely we, through the strength of the Holy Spirit, remain connected with Jesus Christ in our everyday life (John 15:1-11).
The crux of Christianity is Jesus Christ!
Key verses related to Jesus Christ from the Bible:
And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, …by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead – by this name this man stands here before you in good health…And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”
For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,
(1 Peter 2:21)
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You [Jesus] to take the book, and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood, men [people] from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”
By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He began asking His disciples, saying, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
…Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
He [God] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
(2 Corinthians 5:21)
[Jesus said]: “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep… But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
(John 10:11, 26-30)
And every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but He [Jesus], having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, 13 waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET. 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He [Jesus] explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies…”