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February: Gospel Centered

The gospel is at the center of Scripture, the center of our faith, and the center of any healthy church. In this lesson, Dr. Leeman teaches how gospel-centeredness is the remedy to the internal challenges that confront churches.


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"What is a Healthy Church" Episode 4 - The Gospel

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Video Outline:


The gospel is and must remain at the center of Scripture.

  1. The gospel is the headline of the Bible.

The gospel must be at the center of our faith.

  1. The gospel can be summarized in four words: God, man, Christ, response.

  2. The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news unto salvation.

The gospel must be at the center of our response to false ideas that threaten our church.

  1. The belief that we must contribute something in order to be saved challenges the gospel.

  2. Easy believism (just saying the words, but not changing your life) is a challenge to the gospel.

  3. Liberal Christianity is a challenge to the gospel.

  4. Overemphasizing cultural relevance is a challenge to the gospel.

The gospel must be at the center of our churches.

  1. A healthy church centers on the gospel; therefore, healthy churches preach the gospel.

  2. A healthy church centers on the gospel; therefore, healthy churches ensure that members know the gospel.

  3. A healthy church centers on the gospel; therefore, healthy churches sing and pray the gospel.

  4. A healthy church centers on the gospel; therefore, healthy churches build relationships around the gospel.



Discussion Questions

  1. What are some of the key ways WCRC proclaims the gospel?

  2. Can we be absolutely sure that at this moment, everyone who is an attender or member of WCRC understands what the gospel is? What are some things we can do it increase this assurance?

  3. Dr Leeman mentioned four wrong ideas / false gospels that threaten the church (the four are listed in the outline above). Which of these four do you feel is the biggest threat to WCRC?

  4. Our purpose in answering these questions is to give a thorough, yet succinct, answer to the question as to what it means to be a thriving church in Worthington, MN in the 21st century. We began this answer by stating how expositional preaching contributes to being a thriving church. This document will grow and develop as we work on this throughout the year. Finish this sentence expressing gospel centered: A thriving church...

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