It is easy to assume that if we understand the gospel and preach it faithfully, our ministry will necessarily be shaped by it—but this is not true. Many churches claim to be gospel-centered but do not have a ministry that is shaped by, centered on, and empowered through the gospel. The implications of the gospel have not yet worked their way into the fabric of how that church does ministry.
ministry is more theologically driven than program driven. To pursue
it, we must spend time reflecting on the essence, the truths, and the
very patterns of the gospel itself. The gospel is neither religion nor
irreligion, but something else entirely—a third way of relating to God
through grace. In Shaped by the Gospel, bestselling
author and pastor Timothy Keller addresses several current discussion
and conflicts about the nature of the gospel and shows how faithful
preaching of the gospel leads to individual and corporate renewal.
This new edition contains the first section of Center Church in an easy-to-read format with new reflections and additional essays from Timothy Keller and several other contributors.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Gospel Theology
1. The Gospel Is Not Everything
2. The Gospel Is Not A Simple Thing
3. The Gospel Affects Everything
Part 2: Gospel Renewal
4. The Need for Gospel Renewal
5. The Essence of Gospel Renewal
6. The Work of Gospel Renewal
"No one has listened more closely to the harmonies of city, culture, church, and Scripture than Tim Keller. In Center Church, he not only describes the different strains of musi but also tells us how he has orchestrated the rsults for the sake of ministry outreach and renewal. Now it's our turn to listen,as Tim practically yet powerfully prepares us to participate in this great symphony of the gospel."
---BRYAN CHAPELL, president, Covenant Theological Seminary
"Center Church is an immensely helpful resource for the next generation of church leaders. It is theologically profound, thought provoking, and energizing, and it will make you uncomfortable in measure, Once again, Tim Keller has hit the bull's-eye!
---ALISTAIR BEGG, senior pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio