How to Develop A God-Centered Church

If you are interested in God-centered preaching, you may be interested in this article at 9 Marks:

A common question that church planters face is "How can you develop a God-centered church when most of the people attending aren't mature believers?" Assuming that you're not trying to fill your seats only with believers who are already mature, you're going to face this question. How do you create a God-centered culture?

The post expands on five suggestions:

  1. Prayer
  2. Set an example of God-centeredness
  3. Preach the Word of God
  4. Patience
  5. Confidence

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Which gospel?

David Powlison contrasts the therapeutic gospel with the once-for-all gospel in this very helpful essay, and asks:

Which gospel will you live? Which gospel will you preach? Which needs will you awaken and address in others? Which Christ will be your people’s Christ? Will it be the christette who massages felt need? Or the Christ who turns the world upside down and makes all things new?

The entire article is well worth reading.

Not about moralism

This is written about Christian fiction, but it applies to preaching as well. L.B. Graham writes:

Christianity is not about moralism, and Christian fiction shouldn’t be either. Christianity revolves, not around good behavior, but around God’s mercy shown to man in the death and resurrection of Christ. However, even though we know this to be theologically true, I think we struggle to remember this as we go about our daily lives...

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