Weekly Roundup 6/1/2020-6/6/2020

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 6/1/2020-6/6/2020. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts. Monday...

#11: Where Satan Dwells[Sermon]

Join Dave as he continues our Revelation series looking at Revelation 2:12-17.

Daily Bites Of God’s Word on 2 Timothy 1:7

On this new Daily Bites of God’s Word, Andy discusses 2 Timothy 1:7 and helps us understand what this verse means and it’s importance.

Flattery is Not Encouragement

Lurking in the shadow of every good gift from God is a twisted perversion that seeks to imitate and destroy. These destructive copycats disguise themselves as good but are actually out to cause chaos and confusion. God creates healthy friendships as a gift, but sin...

The Meaning and Purpose of Biblical Inerrancy and Infallibility

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “What Does it Mean that the Bible Is Infallible? What Is Biblical Infallibility?” What you’ll hear in this episode The Meaning of Inerrancy and Infallibility. History and Origin of Infallibility. Infallibility...

Cross-Minded Conduct and Conversation

As Paul wraps up his teaching portion of the letter to the Colossians, he shifts from the topic of how union in Christ is manifested in the personal lives of believers and in their relationships within the body to their public walk before an unbelieving and watching...
Serving a Movement: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City (Tim Keller)

Posted On December 20, 2016

A few years ago, Tim Keller released one of the most significant works on church planting and development to hit the shelves this century. Center Church is a massive examination of what it looks like to do Gospel-centered ministry in your community. It received overwhelming praise from a majority of readers. However, if I had to guess, those who chose not to read it in spite of the reviews probably didn’t do so because of its size. The first edition of Center Church was a 400-page piece of work, emulating more of a textbook than anything.

That’s why Keller’s and Zondervan’s decision to update, revise and release Center Church’s content in three smaller, more compact volumes was a great decision. These three volumes take the overarching three concepts that make up Center Church and spend time examining each concept with more of a microscope, adding in accompanying contributions from respected authors that engage with Keller’s work and offering discussion questions for leaders and teams to work through.

The third volume, Serving A Movement, is the necessary bow that ties up any loose ends from his first two books and helps us develop a comprehensive understanding of what it means to be “missional.” You’ve probably heard the term “missional” in dozens of other books and articles, and Keller knows that his new book should work to clarify and narrow, instead of only widening the conversation.

One thing that I love that Keller does throughout the Center Church material is how he takes multiple perspectives shows where they go well and where they don’t add up. We see this exemplified in the first section, “Missional Community.” Keller’s marks of a missional church include some great concepts, such as “confronting society’s idols,” a “counterculture” church and a “porous” church (52-55). He does a good job at carving a middle way for pastors and leaders to consider as they attempt to get churches on mission. But Keller’s work is not only for vision-casting pastors but lay Christians as well. See, for example, the long list of practical examples on missional living for any Christian on pages 60-63.

In section two, Keller outlines his vision of “integrative ministry” in four main categories:

  • Connecting people to God
  • Connecting people to one another
  • Connecting people to the city
  • Connecting people to the culture

Finally, in section three, Keller begins to talk more about what it means to turn a disciple-making “organized organism” into an actual movement, ending with a focus on church planting and revitalization. Keller’s four stages of church planting are to learn, love, link, and launch. These concepts are detailed out and well worth the time of prospective church planters.

All three of these volumes that make up the Center Church material are highly commended to you. This volume will readily help the pastor building his mission statement, the church seeking to make disciples, and the Christian hoping to invest in someone for the sake of the gospel. Read it with your ministry teams, your elder board, and in small groups!

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