Driven By the Gospel

25. May 2014 06:08 by Edward L. Smith in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Driven by the Gospel

As a associate minister at the Church I belong to I'm not the regular preacher. Therefore I don't do any consistent expositions of books of the Bible or even certain sections of the Bible. I have basically two themes all my preaching is geared toward and that is the "Glory of God" & the Gospel. You can also find my ministry philosophy (posted to the right) also in every sermon which is to be God-Honoring, Christ-Centered, & Saturated with the Gospel.

This Sunday I get to do all these things. I've been invited to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ at the Promise of Eternal Life where pastor Alcus Smith is the pastor.




This week I'm praying to do this from Philippians 1:27. I've come to the realization that many of those who proclaim to be Christian lives are driven by success, money, fame, status, recognition, and the list goes on and on. My hope is to persuade the believers to live lives driven by the Gospel. This was Paul's consistent theme as he wrote to the Church at Philipi from his cell in Rome.

This is also my hope to all who read this post. One of the things I like to do is share things I have read in preparation that won't make the cut into my sermon notes on my blog and here's a couple.

Barnes - there is a way of living which is appropriate to the gospel, or which is such as the gospel requires. There is something which the gospel would secure as its proper fruits in all our conduct, and by which our lives should be regulated. It would distinguish us from the frivolous, and from those who seek honor and wealth as their supreme object. If all Christians were under the influence of the gospel, there would be something in their dress, temper, conversation, and aims, which would distinguish them from others.

Clarke - Striving together] συναθλουντες. Wrestling together, not in contention with each other, but in union against the enemies of the Gospel faith-the doctrine of Christ crucified, and freedom from all Mosaic rites and ceremonies, as well as from sin and perdition, through his passion and sacrifice.

Gill - with one mind, or "soul"; either signifying the same as before, or else that they should be of one judgment in the doctrines and ordinances of the Gospel, and abide therein; which is necessary to their harmonious walk and conversation together, as citizens of Zion.

Keith Krell - To live your life as a citizen “worthy15 of the gospel of Christ” means to represent Christ in all you say and do. The term “worthy” (axios) pictures weighing something on the scales. The idea is that your manner of life should weigh as much as the gospel you claim to be committed to.16 People are not nearly as interested in discussing absolute, objective truth claims. People are even less interested in discussing theology or philosophy, but most people are interested in the practical questions of how to live.

Piper - The Vision of God in the Gospel
So what is the vision of God in the gospel? It is the portrayal of Jesus Christ as the radiance of the glory of God, so that his person and his work have infinite value.

One of the anchor Scriptures in Philippians 1 is verse 20
Philippians 1:20
according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

Paul says that he doesn't want to be put to shame on ANYTHING! So Paul how do we as believers do that?

Easy, "Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel" ~ Philippians 1:27

This has got to become the internal drive of every believer and I simply hope and pray that I will faithfully convey this message.

Rev. E. L. Smith

About Edward L. Smith

My ministry philosophy would consist of these essentials—a High View of God, the absolute authority of Scripture, Expository Preaching, Sound Doctrine, Personal Holiness, and a Biblical view of spiritual authority. All ministries must be God-Honoring, Christ-Centered, & Gospel Saturated. (1 Corinthians 10:31)


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