This past Saturday, I met with the Elders and Deacons of VALLEY Christian Church and gave them a simple five question test. It was not only to evaluate what they knew, but it was also an examine for me, as the Lead Pastor, to see if I was indeed fulfilling one of the main roles of my job as a pastor.
Here are the five questions they were asked,
According to the Bible,
1. What is The Gospel?
2. What is Repentance?
3. What is Justification?
4. What is Regeneration?
5. What is Sanctification?
This was a great test for me and my leadership (and preaching) as well as those who took the test. Although these words are very theological, they are also Biblical and doctrinal. Teaching and preaching these truths are a major responsibility of every pastor (see 1 Tim. 1:2-4, 1 Tim. 1:9-11, 1 Tim. 4:6, 1 Tim. 6:2-4, Titus 1:8-10, Titus 2:1-3, Titus 2:9-11, Hebrews 6:1-3). How would you do on this test (Each answer is worth 20pts each)? If you’re a pastor, I encourage you to consider giving this exam to some of those placed in your care. You may be surprised to see the results. Either way, it’ll help to keep us focused on what the Scripture exhorts Christians to focus on.
If we don’t know what the Gospel is and what salvation really is, can we really be making disciples of Jesus Christ?