Why the name “Intentional Gospel”?
While taking an adventure on a vintage train car, Josh and I discussed our dreams for what we wanted this organization to be. We knew we wanted Christ to be glorified and the Gospel of Christ to be proclaimed to all the nations. With that in mind, we began to discuss potential names for our organization. Since Christ and His Gospel are the center and purpose of our organization, we wanted “Gospel” to be incorporated in the title. Gospel means good news, specifically the good news that Jesus took the punishment for our sins so that we can be restored to a right relationship with our Heavenly Father and spend eternity in Heaven. That is the best “good news.”
After deciding that we wanted “Gospel” to be incorporated, we began thinking about what we wanted to do with the Gospel. We came to the word “intentional.” Our desire is to live everyday intentionally living out and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We live out the Gospel by laying down our lives, surrendering our rights to the Lord, and loving those around us with the unconditional love of Christ. We will be able to do this in a unique way in Malawi. God will push us outside of our comfort zones, requiring us to surrender and let Him have full control. We will be able to show “the least of these” Christ’s unconditional love as we serve. Being intentional means not letting a day go by without talking about our Savior. It means actively seeking ways to serve and encourage others by utilizing all that we have been given. It means living out the definition of pure and undefiled religion. James 1:27 says, “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” We pray that Intentional Gospel is not merely the name of our organization, but the way we live. Our deepest desire is to equip the body of Christ to live this intentional, Christ-centered way. Each of us already has been given amazing gifts, talents, temperaments, personalities, skills, and experiences. Our goal is to channel these God-given attributes to ministry for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. Once we find how we can best be utilized with how we have been created, we can be primed for the most effective ministry by the leading of the Holy Spirit. The absolutely amazing thing is, by the grace of God, the orphans, teachers and whole community we are going to serve is ripe with potential to be world-changers. In many ways, they are more primed than we are. All that is needed is a little encouragement in the right direction and a few “tools” to add to their “toolbox”.
The tagline of Intentional Gospel is “God Centered. Jesus Focused. Spirit Led.” As we prayed and discussed with each other, we knew we wanted our tagline to clearly state our mindset in ministry. We knew it would be the perfect description of what we pray our organization is viewed as and is completely shaped by. First, we pray our organization is God centered. If the God who created us and loves us unconditionally is not at the center of everything we do then we do it in vain. There is nothing else worth centering our ministry and our lives on. Secondly, we are Jesus focused. As Acts 20:24 says, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” We echo those words of Paul, as we resolve to make Jesus Christ the focus of our organization. We owe absolutely everything, even our lives, to his finished work on the Cross. Finally, we pray to be Spirit led. As we embark on this mission to Malawi and beyond, we pray that the Spirit will be evident in us as we serve and that we will be led by Him in each and every decision. This organization is not about bringing glory to our name, but to God’s. Our prayer is that our names fade as His increases. As the Spirit of God uses us as His workers, we know people will experience God, lives will be changed and the Gospel will be proclaimed because I AM is the one at work.