Through the years, The Lord has led Servant Life to a list of four Core Values that shape all the work we do. They are: Gospel-centered ministry, long-term strategies, one-on-one relationships, and a focus on youth and children. Every missionary in our global network is prayerfully and specifically selected by the type of ministry they are doing. We are highlighting each of these Core Values in a four part series. The first is “Gospel-Centered Ministry”.
Now this one may seem like a given, but unfortunately “Gospel-centered” is not a characteristic of all Christian organizations. When we say, “Gospel-centered,” here is what we mean.
First, a Gospel-centered ministry exists to meet spiritual needs. As great as the physical need is around the globe, there is even greater spiritual need in the heart of every man. Servant Life works in many areas to meet physical needs, but first and foremost we desire to see souls saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. This same focus is consistent throughout Christ’s earthly ministry. In Mark 2, Jesus heals a paralytic but He does not overlook his sins; He forgives them. In 1 Samuel 16:7 we see that man’s tendency is to look at outward appearances, but The Lord looks at the heart. Servant Life strives to have that same focus. We believe that, as Christ-followers, we are called to more than humanitarian aid. The Gospel is the only thing that will truly save.
Secondly, a Gospel-centered ministry has a commitment to Scripture. We are not in the business of broadcasting their thoughts or opinions. Each missionary in our network of partners has been sent as an ambassador of the Lord Jesus Christ. They have been sent to preach and teach the Word of God. We trust that where the Word is, there is power. Isaiah 40:8 tells us that, “the grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” A Gospel-centered ministry is committed to the Word, because eternal impact is what they are after.
Lastly, a Gospel-centered ministry has a desire to create opportunities for people to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Lord has sovereignly chosen to use man as the primary means in which the Gospel is spread to the nations. Matthew 28:18-20 clearly commands us to go and to teach. This call is for every disciple of Jesus Christ, no matter how old or young they are. Servant Life believes that teenagers and college students have a unique and important role in the advancement of the Kingdom.
We, at Servant Life, routinely evaluate our processes and partnerships based on these values. We are daily being refined into all that God has called us to be.
Only the Good News of Jesus ultimately has the power to save people from their sins and lead them to a life of hope and freedom.