Gentleness and Grace (PTOM 7)

(Last week and this I am sharing my Personal Theology of Ministry. Click here for more posts from the Personal Theology of Ministry series.)

Grace is the hallmark of true Christian ministry:

Therefore my ministry will be characterized by grace. We are all sinners in need of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:1-9). The gospel we share is the gospel of grace (Acts 20:24). An understanding of God’s grace and kindness leads people to repentance and salvation (Romans 2:4; Titus 3:3-8). People only grow in Christ and bear fruit as they come to understand God’s grace in all its truth (Colossians 1:6). Therefore, as a pastor my attitude will be marked by gentleness and grace. I will restore others gently, carry other’s burdens and maintain humility (Galatians 6:1-5). I will not quarrel but gently instruct others in the truth (2 Timothy 2:24-26). I will answer people’s questions with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15-16). I will grow in God’s grace and encourage others to do the same (2 Peter 3:18). Once again, Jesus Christ is our supreme example. Christ models gentleness in ministry, sympathy with people’s weaknesses, and approachability (Matthew 11:28-30; Hebrews 4:15-16).

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  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    This is so cool that gentleness and grace are an official part of your theology! This has been a year of learning for me, in grace. I knew I was saved by grace. Now I am learning that I walk in it. He gives me undeserved pardon each time I ask for forgiveness. No need to beat myself up and feel condemned. I am free because of His grace. It’s humbling and a huge blessing.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    I’m glad it’s in there, too. It reminds me that the gospel is essential not only to becoming a Christian but to living out the Christian life as well.

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