The essence of the Gospel is rooted in the Greek word Eu-Angelion. Literally translated, Eu-Angelion means “Good-Message”. We get two key English words from this, namely, “Evangelism” and “Gospel” and these two words have thrown the church off kilter ever since. Evangelism is the notion that we must propagate our faith and the word Gospel has been reduced to four spiritual laws.
The Good Message is a concept radically different from anything that we have ever experienced. That is why so few get it. The Good Message is something that is counter-intuitive to anything we have ever believed, but it has been littered through every book of the Bible and inspired revolutions, societal upheavals and overthrown kingdoms.
We see it in the Old Testament:
- Genesis 1 Earth was formless and empty, darkness…God said let there be light.
- Ezekiel 37 speaks of the dead bones becoming alive with flesh.
- Hosea 2 states that Hosea was called to whisper into the heart of his wife Gomer despite her tireless affairs.
We see it in the New Testament:
- John 2 describes the ceremonial dirty foot washing water miraculously becoming the choicest of wine.
- John 9 depicts a man stating, “I was blind, and now I can see!”
- Luke 23 demonstrates the power when Death becomes Resurrection.
The House LA believes in the Good Message that is unflinching, real, and positively transforming what is lowly and nothing into greatness and majesty.
As a member of our denomination, Evangelical Covenant Church, we also affirm the following:
- We affirm the centrality of the word of God.
- We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
- We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
- We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
- We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
- We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.