What should a Christian’s life be centered around?

We used the phrase, “God-Centered” or “Gospel-Centered” around our church a lot. These ideals are part of our church’s DNA, but what does that look like in the “real world”?

In the New Testament the local church is the center of gospel living and ministry activity. Other parachurch ministries come alongside and help the church, but the New Testament Church is to be the center of a disciple’s spiritual life. In short, a Gospel-Centered (Christ-Centered) life is a Church-Centered life. 

So, what is your life centered around? Here are a few things we’re often centered on…

  • Ourselves: We live in a very self-focused world, we’ve built our homes, cars, and even our shopping to be so that we don’t have to see anyone else all day long.  We think of “our” grades, education, career, schedule, medical issues, retirement, emotional needs, etc. and fail to see the needs of others around us. Focus on ourselves (narcissism) reveals a person without a servant’s heart and the fruit of the Spirit.
  • The Home:  While at first glance, being “family focused” sounds nice, it can be a form of idolatry. These people won’t think twice about missing church routinely for “family time.” They’s make it sound nice by saying, “Sunday’s my only day with the kids.” Some won’t want any church activity unless the entire family is involved, even in homes. They conclude that it is better to limit church time than to limit work time. Family focused people cannot be depended upon to fulfill roles in the church, because”they don’t have time to prepare for a Sunday School class or a sports schedule that demands a routine missing of services.
  • Work: Workaholics are driven by the bottom line. They justify regularly working on the Lord’s day because, “God wants me to be a good steward right?”

Centering our lives on Christ means that we center our lives on functioning as His body – the church. The local church becomes the center.

  • The church is the center for disicpleship. It is where we become learners (disciples) to become a better employee, parent, spouse, and child.
  • The church is the center for encouragement. This is a primary purpose of church functions and why we should attend them (Heb 10:25) to “encourage one another.” Encouragement happens in prayer, demonstrating love one to another, true fellowhsip, and in worship and praise to God.
  • The church is the center for counseling (Galatians 6:1). There are two types of people in this world, those who are competent to counsel and those who are in need of counseling. God has designed the local church to be the primary venue for biblical counseling.
  • The church is the center for exercising your gifts. Every Christian has been given gifts from the Holy Spirit. The church is the place to use them. This will revolutionize your view of attending church. We need you to exercise your gifts at Gospel Life.
  • The church is the center for education. We believe in Christian education; however, a Christian school does not replace the local church as the primary institution for discipleship in the New Testament. A strong Christian school cannot replace a weak church.
  • The church is the center for evangelism & missions. We’re commissioned by our master to “make disciples” of all people groups. That commision involves teaching, modeling, and baptizing, which naturally leads to local church assimilation. “The church is God’s hospital for siners and exercise room for Christians in training. It is not a clubhouse for saints.” When we get together it is a “holy huddle” to break over the gates of hell in this unstoppable movement of the Gospel – the church.
  • The church is the center for social life. True fellowship is a mark of a biblical church. The early chruch devoted themselves to it.

A balanced Christian life will have the local church as a priority. A Gospel-Centered life is a Church-Centered life.

Adapted from chapter 2 of Joe Miller’s book, Building the Church. 

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