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Center church chapters 1 2

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Small group discussion guide with summary, quotes, and questions from Tim Keller's Center Church.

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Center church chapters 1 2

  1. 1. Community Group Discussion Part I
  2. 2.  Everything the Bible teaches.
  3. 3.  Everything the Bible teaches.  A way of life; something we do.
  4. 4.  Everything the Bible teaches.  A way of life; something we do.  joining Christ’s kingdom program; a divine rehabilitation plan for the world
  5. 5.  The gospel is good news announcing that we have been rescued or saved. Because we are alienated from God, we are psychologically alienated within ourselves — we experience shame and fear (Gen 3: 10). Because we are alienated from God, we are also socially alienated from one another, and from nature itself. “vertical” relationship with God. All human problems are ultimately symptoms, and our separation from God is the cause. The reason for all the misery — all the effects of the curse — is that we are not reconciled to God.
  6. 6.  The gospel is news about what has been done by Jesus Christ to put right our relationship with God.
  7. 7.  How can an individual or ministry go about distinguishing between “the gospel” and “the results of the gospel”?
  8. 8.  What happens when the gospel is proclaimed without its results, or when its results are pursued without proclamation?
  9. 9.  What is the appeal of this?
  10. 10.  What are the risks?
  11. 11.  non-Christians in your ministry context?
  12. 12.  non-Christians in your ministry context?  people in your own church?
  13. 13.  non-Christians in your ministry context?  people in your own church?  What new ways of communicating the gospel does this open up for you?
  14. 14.  Jot down a few notes about the differences among Paul’s gospel presentations as we read the passages aloud.  What does this exercise tell you about your own audience’s “capacities and beliefs” and how they should shape the way you present and argue for the gospel?

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