Teaching for Transformation: How the Gospel Makes People Whole

As a minister of education, Romans 12:2 is the verse I base my ministry around.  It reads "Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God".  I believe, with all my heart, that the Gospel has a transformative effect on the life of the believer.  We are people of the Word because we believe it is the Word that changes us.  God's Spirit works in a supernatural way, through Scripture, to renew us from the inside out.

That is why it is so vital that all Sunday school and small group ministries are centered on the Gospel.  I hope to in the coming weeks write more about how the Gospel makes people whole, and how we as preachers and teachers can better lean on the Gospel to bring about transformation in our people.  God's will after all is not that His people would be conformed to the world, but that they would be renewed and transformed by His word.  As we stand before people and faithfully teach that word, we recognize that it brings about renewal and transformation in all phases of life.  If our preaching and teaching is faithful to the Gospel, it really does change our people.

The Gospel sanctifies them.  It gives hope to the hopeless.  It removes the shame of the sinner.  It frees believers to pursue righteousness.  It mortifies sin.  It unites the church.  It heals our hurts and binds our spiritual wounds.  It crushes the influence of the Enemy.  The Gospel brings peace in chaos and fuels our love for one another.

To put it simply, if we lose the Gospel in our teaching, we lose the power by which people are brought out of darkness and into the light.  We are forgetful people.  We often need reminded of the hope of the Gospel.  Sometimes that reminder can come in the form of a subtle word of encouragement from a friend.  Sometimes that reminder comes in the form or a crushing loss and the love of the people around us who help us pick up the pieces.

It is the Gospel that makes people whole. Rejoice in it.  Teach it passionately.  Share it enthusiastically.  Transformation only takes place if the Gospel takes center stage.

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