Philosophy of Ministry
“What is the final goal?” Pastor Iggi was once challenged by this question asked in a message by apologist Ravi Zacharias entitled “Worthwhile Under the Sun”. As he dwelt upon the question, the answer that he kept coming to was “Preach the Gospel, teach the Gospel, live the Gospel!” The final goal of his life is to lay it down in service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is also the final goal of the members of BGF.
Preach the Gospel
We are not without guilt. We struggle and wrestle with sin everyday. But we have forgotten that we are not struggling with sin for Christ has won that struggle for all of us. We are struggling with God and the promise that he holds out for us in Christ. That though we are sinners through and through the grace of God is great and plentiful enough to cover us and our sin and the grace of God is so abundant as to make us worthy. And so we find ourselves righteous and worthy before his eyes for he declares us so. It is not for us to declare ourselves worthy but we must trust him when he declares us so. We serve with the life goal of John the Baptist, “he must increase, we must decrease.” Therefore “our final goal” is to see him exalted in every facet of our lives. It is to step aside that we may not get in the way of his Glorious Gospel. The relationships which we treasure so much can be only as good as we help others be unbreakably bound to Jesus Christ. The good news must be about HIM alone.
Teach the Gospel
John 15:15 says, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” When Jesus said this to his disciples after three years of living and ministering together, he elevated them relationally from one of servant status to friend. A friend as defined here is one who knows the inner heart, and motive of a person to such a degree that the motive and heart is transferred into his/her own. As Jesus lived with his disciples he taught them the very heart of God. We see this to be another aspect of the goal of ministry which is to share and teach the heart of God through his Word such that “servants” may become “friends”.
Live the Gospel
1 Peter 4:8, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Living out the Gospel is best demonstrated by the depth of love that exists between the minister and the people he cares for. The driving force in ministry is the compelling love of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14).