Show Notes – Episode 29

What Is Gospel-Centeredness? (Part 3)

What does it mean to be gospel-centered?

Helpful Metaphor for Gospel-shaped Ministry: Greenhouse vs. Machine Shop

Machine Shop Church: Everybody looks the same, acts the same, sings the same words. Everybody fits the same mold. Fruit is forced. It’s anti-growth. Conformity is the goal, not growth.

Greenhouse Church: Growth is cultivated. Seed is sown; fruit grows. The goal is to cultivate an environment of health for “God’s plants.” Protection from pests and pestilence. Fruit is not forced; God is “allowed” to grow people in His time and way. Growth does not stop at any point. Results are slower, yet truer.

Colossians 1:23 “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;”

What does Gospel-centered theology and philosophy look like in practice?

1. Your Model Will Vary

2. Your Schedule Will Vary

3. Individual Christians Are Accepted Regardless of What They Offer

4. The Pulpit Ministry is Authentic, Helpful, and Encouraging

5. Control Is Lost, Growth Is Gained

1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

What are the boundaries in a Gospel-centered model?

  1. Am I violating God’s holiness?
  2. Am I misrepresenting His love?

Personal Questions:

1. In leading in my church, do I follow Jesus or man?
2. Am I tending to a greenhouse or running a machine shop?

Team Questions:

1. Is our leadership growing with the people in the Gospel?
2. How might we better lead in the Gospel as a team? What practical steps can we take?