When attending a recent firstBible International meeting, Brother Edward Barclay III presented the core value of our new Bible translation graduate program, FirstBible School of Translation (FBST), scheduled to launch in the fall of 2020. When doing so, Brother Barclay spoke of faithfulness and the need to train and send out "gospel-centric" men and women for the work of reaching the unreached with God's Word. I began to ponder this phrase "gospel-centric". What does a gospel-centric Christian look like? How does a gospel-centric believer behave?
We believers often support our theological allegiance to the gospel with verses such as Matthew 28:19, "Go ye therefore, ..." and Acts 1:8, "... and ye shall be witnesses unto me ..." These are wonderful verses that define our responsibility, but these passages do not describe our motives. If the gospel is to be central to our reality, we must understand the power and efficacy of the gospel.
Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
The gospel is that which produces salvation. To be gospel-centric is to truly understand that nothing else saves but the power of God. The believer's allegiance must first be to God before he or she can be used on His behalf to go or to witness. The believer's reality must be connected to this truth.
Romans 14:8, "For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's."
2 Corinthians 5:18, "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;"
2 Corinthians 10:5, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
The believer who is gospel-centric understands that the gospel of Jesus Christ is more than the fact that Jesus saves. The believer who is faithfully gospel-centric realizes that Jesus is God and that only the power of God saves. When this becomes reality, nothing in life becomes more important than representing Christ. Nothing! Not employment; not retirement; not possessions; not recreation; not friends; not even family.
Our Bible college, Biblical School of World Evangelism (BSWE), begins a new semester in just a few days. The mission of our new translation college (FBST) is the same as the mission of BSWE. BSWE commits to form the behavior of each student so that every graduate possesses the ability, by faith, to be used of God to propagate the gospel and to be unwavering in this pursuit. BSWE desires to train men and women to be gospel-centric.
As we begin another year at BSWE, would you pray for our Bible college ministry? Would you pray that the administration and faculty are truly gospel-centric? Would you pray that those that we invest in would become gospel-centric? Surely your prayers will help us to be unwavering as we train men and women for the gospel's sake "... for it is the power of God unto salvation ..."
Written by David Williamson