At Harbor, we are passionate about the gospel. We say that the gospel is not only the ABC's but also the "A to Z" of the Christian life as well. In other words, it is not only through the gospel that people come into a relationship with God, but it is also through the gospel that Christians deepen and really grow in their relationship with God.
Thus, the gospel centered approach in worship not only encourages and challenges Christians but also invites people to investigate and process Christianity.
1. Worship that encourages and challenges Christians.
The gospel makes us feel neither guilty nor proud about obeying Jesus, but Jesus' love in the cross so overwhelms us that out of gratitude we obey and live. To learn more about how the gospel impacts Christians (and to understand our approach to Christ centered preaching/worship), we encourage you to read an article entitled "The Centrality of the Gospel", by Tim Keller.
2. Worship that invites people to investigate Christianity and ask questions.
At Harbor, we want to be known as a church that has a reputation for listening to and understanding other religions and worldviews. In addition, we desire to be a church that provides people with the opportunity to learn what Christians believe - ie the gospel of God's grace in Christ and how the gospel changes everything - our approach to relationships, suffering, money, sex, family, and work. To learn more our gospel centered approach in worship as a way for people to investigate Christianity, we encourage you to read "The Missional Church", by Tim Keller.