Sheldon Clowdus

Disciple . Husband . Father


Gospel Driven: God Reigns Supreme
We start our case for a gospel driven ministry the same place we (should) start everything - with the sovereign God of the universe.  What we mean by sovereign is that the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has absolute control over everything in the universe.   Here is how the Psalmist put it in Psalm 103:19...

The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.

According to Isaiah 46:8-11, God has declared the end and the beginning and there is nothing that can thwart His purposes or plans.  He is a sovereign God with plans for His creation.
 “Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country.  I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it."
God is absolutely sovereign over all His creation.  He has plans that He has in the past and will in the future put into motion, all of which are guaranteed to accomplish what they are intended to accomplish.  What this also means for us is that, as ruler of all and creator of all, He is the source of all authority for us as His followers.  Our responsibility is to find out how He intends His creation to function (including ourselves) and line up with that intent.  Since His purposes cannot be thwarted, our best ministry strategy is to align ourselves with His purposes.  It does not behoove us in any way to invent or dream up new purposes for the church under the guise of relevance or some other trendy catchphrase.  God's purposes are eternal and always relevant to whatever time and place we find ourself.  (I am not talking about methodology here.  Methods change and improve but purpose and mission never do.)

Because there is a God and because He is the absolute ruler and authority over all, He is the place we start when it comes to determining what our ministry should look like.  We should have as the highest priority determining, to the extent He has revealed them, the nature and focus of God's purposes.  Then we will have a foundation from which to understand the part God has planned for us to play.  Any other foundation is ,at best, foolishness and ,at worst, idolatry as we set our plans and purposes up as superior to the sovereign king of all.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband, and a father. I teach 5th grade in my hometown of Rome, Georgia.


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