Centering on Jesus and the gospel is primary for us. However, just saying we center on Jesus and the gospel doesn’t always communicate what we mean by this. There are a variety of images that may come to mind when one says "Jesus," or uses the term “gospel.” Scripture even says it is quite possible to be "led astray from our pure hearted devotion to Christ for another Jesus...another spirit...or another gospel" (2 Corinthians 11:1‐4). We believe it is important to explicitly describe the gospel we trust in and proclaim.
The gospel is God’s good news that is both simple and robust. It is simple enough to share with others no matter how new the good news is to the hearer and the one sharing it. Simply stated, its the cross and crown of Jesus. It's the cross - Jesus crucified as a substitute for us. It's the crown - Jesus risen, reigning, and returning. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. The gospel is simple. Yet, we believe we never graduate from deepening in our understanding of the gospel personally, interpersonally, and experientially as we follow Jesus and plant churches in this world. See below for more on our understanding of the gospel, it's simplicity, and it's depth.
Confession of Faith
We commit ourselves to proclaim the gospel and teach healthy doctrine set forth in God's inspired and authoritative Scripture. We believe it is foolish to do this on an island of isolation though. That's why we stand gratefully with believers who have gone before us in history, and we identify with those who live faithfully for Jesus in other cultures around the globe as well. We align with the gospel in Scripture and the historic orthodox beliefs passed down by the church such as the Apostles’ Creed. We also stand in unity with the global church by affirming the Confession of Faith from the Lausanne Movement's Cape Town Commitment. This Confession of Faith and Call to Action included 4,200 evangelical leaders from 198 countries, and extended to hundreds of thousands more, participating in meetings around the world, and online. It’s goal? To bring a fresh challenge to the global Church to bear witness to Jesus Christ and all his teaching ‐ in every nation, in every sphere of society, and in the realm of ideas. The Cape Town Commitment’s Confession of Faith [i.e. Part 1 -“10 Loves”] is our shared Confession of Faith for SENT Network. This Confession of Faith is available below.
We hold positions that may not necessarily keep us from fellowship with believers, churches, or organizations outside of ours. We desire to advance God’s kingdom with other brothers and sisters who share our core understanding of the gospel and our Confession of Faith, even though some may differ on a position described here.
We will seek to major on Jesus and the gospel while practicing our shared values. This will continue to be our emphasis, not positions where true believers may disagree. However, we do have several positions we will hold that influence our shared culture. We teach these because we believe these positions are what Scripture teaches, but we will attempt to do so while maintaining a posture that displays gospel unity. While SENT is primarily a relational network that centers on Jesus, the positions we hold do impact our decisions when resourcing planters with grants and time invested in coaching and training. Participation in SENT Network means one understands these positions and acknowledges that he knows our SENT Leadership Team and trainers will teach these to planters in our Network, even if one’s local church may nuance a position a bit differently than that stated in our document. We also ask those who partner with us to help preserve our unity as a Network by avoiding a divisive spirit about these positions, and by refraining from contentious arguments against our positions during Network gatherings, collectives, and in a shared mission projects one may participate in. Our Positions document is available below.