July 22, 2015 | By Jerel Kuravackal
What does it mean to be a gospel-centered church? This was a question posed on an online forum which brought about some interesting and even controversial responses. I’d like to use this to echo and build upon some particularly helpful responses that were given. Before discussing the topic of a gospel-centered church though, it would be helpful to define what we mean by gospel and gospel-centered. These days using the term “gospel-centered” has almost become trendy. There are books on everything from gospel-centered parenting to gospel-centered funerals. We are told that the gospel must be central to all we are and all we do. This, in and of itself, I believe is a good thing, because God really does intend for the gospel to be central to the lives of His people and certainly at the center of His church. Confusion may arise however when one author uses the term differently than another.
So here is what we mean by “the gospel” and “gospel-centered” at Crossroad.