3 Reasons the Gospel Should Be Central in Your Church

Kyle Schwahn | April 11, 2016


Editors’ note: We’re excited to see the first event of a new TGC regional chapter this April. TGC Inland Northwest will host an evening event with Alistair Begg speaking on the centrality of the gospel in the local church on Wednesday, April 20. If you’re in the area, click here for directions and info. We’re thankful for what God is doing in the Inland Northwest to keep the gospel where it belongs.


One Sunday early in my ministry, a young Bible college student approached me after a sermon I’d just preached on 1 Timothy 3. He beat around the bush a bit, but then came right out with it: “Where was Jesus?” My sermon had been a good explanation of the meaning and function of deacons in the church, but had apparently neglected to mention Jesus!

Where was Jesus? Where was the gospel? Where was the life-giving, life-changing message of grace that ought to be the heartbeat of the church? Years later, I’m convinced these are the questions every congregation should be asking. The gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be at the center of our ministries.

Here are three reasons why.

1. The Gospel Is for Maturity

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Out of a good desire for growth and maturity, it’s tempting to focus our…


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