HT: Tim Brister
The Lord has been working in my heart this last year or so to think more clearly about what it means to be missional, why it’s important to plant churches, and what a culture of multiplication looks like. These two videos are good places to start.
Carl Trueman has some excellent thoughts on the gospel and the church. As much as I have a concern and love for the local church, he reminds me why the gospel must remain central. Below is an excerpt of what he writes. Read the whole thing here.
Now, Paul certainly thought ecclesiology was important: it is why he spends so much time talking about it in his Pastoral Epistles. He also had very little to say about arts pastors. He never seems to have identified the Christian mind with being taken seriously by secular academics, intellectuals, and people who throw paint at blank canvases. But he did spend rather a lot of time talking about Christ. Indeed, his primary focus was always on the gospel and – crucially – he never conflated the gospel with the doctrine of the church or with opinions about the Christians relationship to secular society. Ecclesiology is necessary to Paul in this end-time tribulation for the preservation and transmission of the gospel. For Paul, an understanding of believers as sojourners and pilgrims arises out of a correct understanding of what the gospel means; but neither of these are to be identified in itself with the gospel or to occupy more discussion space than the gospel.
I don’t care enough about my sin, because I don’t care enough about the gospel.
The Monday before T4G started, Russell Moore hosted a panel discussion on Christ-Centered Theology and Ministry. The participants were: Carl Trueman, Jefferson Bethke, J. D. Greear, Josh Harris, Russell Moore, Matt Pinson.
A wide range of views were represented and helpful discussions took place about the dangers of being gospel-centered, religion vs Jesus, Calvinism, Arminianism, baptism, and multi-site churches. I would highly recommend you listen or watch. Listen to it here. Watch it here.