A summary of the first section of the book Center Church – Gospel (pp. 29-83)
The gospel is neither religion nor irreligion, but something else entirely – a third way of relating to God through grace. Because of this, we minister in a uniquely balanced way that avoids the errors of either extreme and faithfully communicate the sharpness of the gospel.
- Remember that the gospel is not everything, neither is it a simple thing.
- Draw on both synchronic (STM, systematic-theological method) and diachronic (RHM, redemptive-historical method) views of Scripture.
- Employ several intercanonical themes in our preaching and pastoring, not just one or two.
- Incorporate the upside-down, inside-out, and forward-back aspects of the kingdom.
- Acknowledge that there are individual and corporate aspects to salvation.
- Know that the kingdom is already and not yet.
- Demonstrate the harmony of grace and truth.
- Promote revivalism that recognizes the formative role of the church, yet also addresses the individual heart.
- Counsel believers to have both doctrine/knowledge and experience/feeling.