Keller on Community

“The gospel creates community.  Because it points us to the One who died for his enemies, it creates relationships of service rather than selfishness.  Because it removes both fear and pride, people get along inside the church who could never get along outside…  Thus the gospel creates a human community radically different from any society around it.”

Timothy Keller “Center Church

 

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Keller on Idolatry and Gospel Preaching

“So if the root of every sin is idolatry, and idolatry is a failure to look to Jesus for our salvation and justification, then the root of every sin is a failure to believe the gospel message that Jesus, and Jesus alone, is our justification, righteousness, and redemption…

Our failures in actual righteousness… generally come from a failure to rejoice in our legal righteousness in Christ.  Our failures in sanctification come mainly from a lack of orientation to our justification.  We will never change unless we come to grips with the particular, characteristic ways our hearts resist the gospel and continue their self-salvation projects through idolatry. Continue reading

Timothy Keller on Gospel Preaching

“When the preaching of the gospel is either confused with or separated from the other endeavors of the church, preaching becomes mere exhortation (to get with the church’s program or a biblical standard of ethics) or informational instruction (to inculcate the church’s values and beliefs).  When the proper connection between the gospel and any aspect of ministry is severed, both are shortchanged.”

Timothy Keller “Center Church

Mike Cosper on Gathering for Worship

“These passages [1 Cor. 3:16, Eph 2:19-22, 4:11-13, 4:14-16]… show us a church that gathers in the midst of the world’s pressures, under the hopeful warning of Christ’s return, encouraging one another and building each other up through the presence of God’s Spirit by immersing itself  in God’s Word, singing and proclaiming the gospel.  The fruit of the gathering is not just a strong individual, but a strong church, united in faith. Continue reading

Keller’s “Center Church” Wisdom

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“Though we may have an area or ministry that we tend to focus on, the gospel is what brings unity to all we do.  Every form of ministry is empowered by the gospel, based on the gospel, and is the result of the gospel… 

When the preaching of the gospel is either confused or separated from the other endeavors of the church, preaching becomes mere exhortation (to get with the church’s program or a biblical standard of ethics) or informational instruction (to inculcate the church’s values and beliefs).  When the proper connection between the gospel and any aspect of ministry is severed, both are shortchanged”

-Timothy Keller “Center Church” pg. 36, 37

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Keller on Doubt

A faith without doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it.  People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic.  A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts…

Only if you struggle long and hard over objections to your faith will you be able to provide grounds for your beliefs to skeptics,including yourself, that are plausible rather than ridiculous or offensive.

Timothy Keller “The Reason for God