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Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City

Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City [Kindle Edition]

Timothy Keller
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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3155 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (4 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JSGB5Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Timothy Keller is senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Manhattan: and New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God. He is also author of Counterfeit Gods and The Prodigal God book, film, and discussion guide.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. N. J. Todman TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is Tim Keller's most important book to date. For years he has been touring the world, describing the gospel DNA which has made Redeemer such a powerful force for good in New York and more recently globally through its City to City programme. This book draws all Keller's thinking on church and mission together in one place, teasing out missional lessons learnt which can be applied cross culturally.

As a result it is a hefty tome of nearly 400 pages. The book is split into three sections: gospel, looking at theology and what Keller calls gospel renewal, which is where the gospel takes effect in the lives of individuals, churches and communities; city, which considers contextualisation, the nature of cities, and how to engage with culture;lastly movement, which explores how to live missionally and build gospel movements across cities.

This is a rich and rewarding read. Keller writes with wisdom and grace. He not only presents his conclusions but maps out the thinking that brought him there. His style is vulnerable and nuanced, but he can be sharp and punchy where he wants to be. He is eminently quotable, as Twitter often shows!

Centre Church has challenged me to love Jesus, my church and the city we serve more and to do my own thinking about how to relate the gospel to those in our community. It made me think more broadly about engaging with culture, supporting believers in their workplaces, and the place of social justice in gospel ministry. This is a great resource for anyone hoping to build a church bigger than their building. Any pastor, leader, planter or thinking Christian would do well to study this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 29 May 2013
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This is Keller’s magnum opus. I could easily be called 'an encyclopaedia for all church planters and pastors'. It is to be studied more then just read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and stimulating book for City ministry 20 Aug 2014
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One of the most helpful books on doing 'church' I have ever come across. There is much to be chewed over and thought about. This is a book I will return to again and again...thanks Tim...
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