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Toby Kurth:

What makes me nervous are phrases like "Is he gospel-centered?" or "That is not a gospel-centered church." Let's not settle for shorthand. Being "gospel-centered" is a life-long endeavor, not a slogan. It is not the ability to recite a few well-crafted phrases; it is rather the commitment to continually turn away from defining yourself or your church in accordance with anything other than the person and work of Jesus Christ.

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HT: David Sunday


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4 thoughts on “Being “Gospel-centered” Is a Life-long Endeavor, Not a Slogan”

  1. What makes me nervous are phrases like “Is he CHRIST-centered?” or “That is not a CHRIST-centered church.” Let’s not settle for shorthand. Being “CHRIST-centered” is a life-long endeavor, not a slogan. It is not the ability to recite a few well-crafted phrases; it is rather the commitment to continually turn away from defining yourself or your church in accordance with anything other than the person and work of Jesus Christ.

  2. Joe says:

    Excellent! “Purpose-driven,” “Gospel-centered,” “Seeker-sensitive”… all helpful, but all also market-driven stuff. The church used to be an institution, one you supported based on its importance. Now it is more of a movement you support based on its relevance. Maintaining relevance gets tired and exhausting, like trying to stay young forever.

  3. Russ says:

    this was a great encourgement!

  4. I need new glasses — I thought that said Toby *Keith*

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