Ministry Monday: The Gospel Coalition

What the Gospel Coalition Means For Me

I have been profoundly influenced by the leaders at The Gospel Coalition (TGC). It is through their ministry that I have been stretched and grown in my faith in Christ. The teaching is always centered on the gospel and the preaching is expository which is so helpful when trying to learn and apply the Bible to life today. When I need to learn something or need some good council from a group of servant leaders TGC is my go to ministry. Please don’t misunderstand me, I do not mean to place the leaders of this ministry on a pedestal. I simply mean to acknowledge that I “remember my leaders who spoke the word of God to me by considering their way of life and imitating their faith” (Hebrews 13:7). I would highly encourage anyone seeking to grow in their walk with Christ to consider the ministry of TGC. If you are a church leader or a leader training for ministry then I highly commend this resource for you. They make the gospel accessible and easy to understand and the wide variety of leaders makes it easier to find a style of teaching or preaching that you find to be the most beneficial for you. If sermon audio isn’t your thing then that’s ok because there is a plethora of blogs hosted by TGC that are packed with practical and theological training and gospel centred resources. What ever your thing is I pray that you would at least visit their site at http://thegospelcoalition.org/, and be blessed by the plethora of ministry leaders that exist to serve you and the local church.

The Gospel for All of Life:

We are a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures. We have become deeply concerned about some movements within traditional evangelicalism that seem to be diminishing the church’s life and leading us away from our historic beliefs and practices. On the one hand, we are troubled by the idolatry of personal consumerism and the politicization of faith; on the other hand, we are distressed by the unchallenged acceptance of theological and moral relativism. These movements have led to the easy abandonment of both biblical truth and the transformed living mandated by our historic faith. We not only hear of these influences, we see their effects. We have committed ourselves to invigorating churches with new hope and compelling joy based on the promises received by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

We believe that in many evangelical churches a deep and broad consensus exists regarding the truths of the gospel. Yet we often see the celebration of our union with Christ replaced by the age-old attractions of power and affluence, or by monastic retreats into ritual, liturgy, and sacrament. What replaces the gospel will never promote a mission-hearted faith anchored in enduring truth working itself out in unashamed discipleship eager to stand the tests of kingdom-calling and sacrifice. We desire to advance along the King’s highway, always aiming to provide gospel advocacy, encouragement, and education so that current- and next-generation church leaders are better equipped to fuel their ministries with principles and practices that glorify the Savior and do good to those for whom he shed his life’s blood.

We want to generate a unified effort among all peoples—an effort that is zealous to honor Christ and multiply his disciples, joining in a true coalition for Jesus. Such a biblically grounded and united mission is the only enduring future for the church. This reality compels us to stand with others who are stirred by the conviction that the mercy of God in Jesus Christ is our only hope of eternal salvation. We desire to champion this gospel with clarity, compassion, courage, and joy—gladly linking hearts with fellow believers across denominational, ethnic, and class lines.

Our desire is to serve the church we love by inviting all our brothers and sisters to join us in an effort to renew the contemporary church in the ancient gospel of Christ so that we truly speak and live for him in a way that clearly communicates to our age. As pastors, we intend to do this in our churches through the ordinary means of his grace: prayer, the ministry of the Word, baptism and the Lord’s Supper and the fellowship of the saints. We yearn to work with all who, in addition to embracing the confession and vision set out here, seek the lordship of Christ over the whole of life with unabashed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform individuals, communities, and cultures. You will find attached both our Confessional Statement and our Theological Vision for Ministry—a vision rooted in the Scriptures and centered on the gospel

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