Monday, February 28, 2011

Sharing the Gospel and Our Lives

Recently at our Progress:Church event, I was able to share a little about my thinking regarding where the Lord might take us in coming days (and weeks and years).  Sort of preliminary vision casting.  I praise God that many among our church community are excited as well, as we partner together for the advancement of the faith of the gospel of Jesus.

I also shared my heart concerning some of my convictions about pastoral ministry.  One of the primary principles comes from 1 Thessalonians 2.8, where Paul says to the church there:

We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

As we progress together toward the future of our church, my family’s desire is that we would serve side by side with our people in such a way that we’re not only verbally proclaiming the gospel, but that we’re sharing life together in demonstrating the gospel to and with each other.  My prayer is that we would continually remind each other of the grace of God in Christ, so that we are ready to consistently worship Him, and intentionally share about Him to others.

This is partnership in the gospel.