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Gospel Driven Ministry

One of the most persistent questions for church leaders is "What should our ministry look like?"  What should the focus be, what programs should we implement, what things should we emphasize, etc.  What I would like to do over the next couple of weeks (maybe more) is to suggest an answer to those questions and then to offer some supporting arguments for that answer.

The answer I have in mind isn't unique or brand new.  It isn't even all that controversial.  As a matter of fact, many churches already operate this way and many others would say they do.  I do think that it is so simple, so fundamental that many churches assume it is happening even if they don't spend all their time talking about it to their people.

The answer, I believe is simple:  All ministry should be gospel centered, gospel driven, and gospel saturated.  Now, like I said, many churches do this already and many think they do.  I believe wholeheartedly that having a gospel centered ministry does not happen by accident.  If you do not constantly, intentionally bring your people back to the gospel then they will drift away from it.  If you assume the gospel then your people will miss it.

So, what I would like to do is lay out what I believe to be the biblical support for this type of ministry.  If you want to study ahead, you can read the outline below and if you want a copy for yourself I have prepared a very simple document that you can download here.  The first step in this process will be to define the gospel from a biblical perspective and that will be where we begin tomorrow.

The outline below is by no means exhaustive as far as biblical support for a gospel driven ministry, but I do believe it is enough to mandate that we move in that direction as church leaders.

As I write on each individual component, I will update this post with links below.


The Case for a Gospel Driven Ministry


  1. The triune God is the sovereign, supreme ruler of the universe
    1. Colossians 1:15-20
    2. Deuteronomy 4:35
    3. Deuteronomy 32:39
    4. 2 Kings 19:15
    5. Isaiah 40:25-26
  2. God created everything to be a display of His infinite glory
    1. Colossians 1:16
    2. 1 Corinthians 10:31
    3. 1 Peter 4:11
    4. Romans 11:36
  3. In the fall, sin fractured everything in creation
    1. Romans 5:18
    2. Romans 8:20-21
  4. Because of sin, all people are incapable of glorifying God
    1. Romans 3:9-20
    2. Isaiah 64:6
    3. Jeremiah 17:9
  5. God has chosen a people to glorify Him
    1. Isaiah 43
    2. Psalm 33:12
    3. Acts 13:48
    4. 1 Peter 2:9
    5. Ephesians 1:3-10
  6. God has redeemed this people through Christ
    1. John 14:6
    2. Romans 5:1
    3. Romans 8:1
  7. The power of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel is the only power that can effect salvation for the lost
    1. Romans 1:16
    2. 1 Corinthians 1:18
    3. Romans  10:13-14
    4. 1 Corinthians 1:21
  8. The power of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel is the only power that can effect obedience to the commands of Christ for the redeemed.
    1. Romans 8:26
    2. Galatians  5:18-25


Therefore…….

  1. The ministry of the Gospel is of the highest priority
    1. Proclaiming it to the lost
    2. Teaching it to the redeemed
    3. Learning to live it out in community
    4. Passing it on to the next generation of believers (disciple making)
    5. Making all decisions as a church based on the advancement of the gospel mission (Proclaiming, Teaching, Living, Discipling)

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