Today many pastors are struggling to adapt to a post-Christian culture without abandoning orthodox theology. How do we communicate the concepts of grace and substitutionary atonement in our globalized culture and context?
In Center Church, Timothy Keller offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on over twenty years of ministry in New York City. This book outlines a theological vision for ministry - applying classic doctrines to our time and place - organized around three core commitments: • Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone and strategy of all that we do. • City-centered: With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic and underserved places for gospel ministry. • Movement-centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
"In this important book, Tim Keller unpacks the gospel and gently but firmly reminds us that it is nonnegotiable. At the same time, he enables us to think through how we can responsibly interact with the culture, how we can - indeed, must - appreciate good things within it, and how we can firmly and faithfully apply the gospel to it." - D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
About the Author
Timothy Keller is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God. He has also mentored young urban church planters and pastors in New York and other cities through Redeemer City to City, which has helped launch over 200 churches in 35 global cities to date.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Center Church Theological Vision
Part 1: Gospel Theology
Part 2: Gospel Renewal
Part 3: Gospel Contextualization
Part 4: City Vision
Part 5: Cultural Engagement
Part 6: Missional Community
Part 7: Integrative Ministry
Part 8: Movement Dynamics
Epilogue: Late Modernity and the Center Church
- View Resource Introduction: Center Church Theological Vision 35:30
- View Resource Center Church Webcast from TGC 1:02:45
- View Resource Gospel Theology 42:07
- View Resource City Vision 36:39
- View Resource Gospel Renewal 40:18
- View Resource Gospel Contextualization 39:42
- View Resource Gospel Contextualization Q&A 15:53
- View Resource Cultural Engagement Q&A with Ray Rivera 38:21