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The Gospel Patrons Recipe


When I first tasted Gospel Patrons I knew that it was good.
Like a delicious dish before me, I wanted seconds, “Pass the food.”
I was captured by the stories, though I did not yet understand,
What made them so tasty, so rich instead of bland.

But over time the ingredients have become apparent to me
So now I’d like to pass along the Gospel Patrons recipe.
My hope is that you’ll learn, to make this for yourself,
Here are the key ingredients, my book off of the shelf.


  1. A Willing Investment

  2. In every generation, God looks for people to use.
    The question we must consider is what kind our Lord will choose.
    Is it the bold, the strong, the wealthy, the wise?
    The best in class and beautiful to the eyes?
    No, my friends, that is not where our God starts.
    For man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart.

    Men and women who would see a generation won,
    Are those who learn to say, “Not my will, but yours be done.”
    Like Job, they know the God who gives and takes away.
    Like James and John, they drop their nets when they hear their Master say:
    “Come, follow me, my friends, and redirect your life.
    From now on you’ll be catching men, and freeing them from strife.”

    “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
    God gives this invitation and requires us to trust.
    The ones who enlist and answer God’s call,
    Are the people prepared to lay down their all.
    “Here am I! Send me.” was Isaiah’s reply.
    “I too will go,” Esther said, “whether I live or I die.”

    A willing investment, a life freely laid down,
    Is the seed of a movement, the cross before the crown.

  3. Personal Involvement

  4. Don’t go it alone, is the second core piece.
    This is no solo journey when seeking lost sheep.
    God builds beautiful things when we come together,
    Committed to each other no matter the weather.

    Partners we are in the work of the Lord,
    One going, one giving, but both fully on board.
    One speaking, one sending, we’ll both play our part,
    Charging ahead as lights in the dark.

    Joanna for Jesus and Phoebe for Paul,
    Friends for the road whether it rises or falls.
    Call Gaius and Barnabas up to the mic,
    Hear their stories of power when God’s lighting did strike.
    “Second-class,” you might ask, “Was that their life’s goal?”
    Instead, they would tell you of their glorious role.

    Selflessly seeking the glory of God,
    We’re partners together and best as a squad.

  5. For The Gospel

“What’s it for? Where’s this going?” you’re tempted to ask.
“Is there an end to this story that you’re trying to blast?”
The end is ahead and it’s always been the same,
King Jesus enthroned with a name above names.
And a multitude around him from every tribe, nation, and tongue,
Declaring his praises as the ones who’ve been sprung,
From death, from the grave, from hell, and from sin.
The saints in their glory are his prize, we’re his win.

There’s a message, there’s news, which will lead to this day.
It’s the story of him who was the truth, life, and way.
Our salvation, our hope, our all rests in him,
Who’s the Alpha, Omega, Beginning, and End.

Preach Jesus, preach Jesus, preach Jesus, we cry.
And we’ll stand by your side till our faith becomes sight.
Play your part, run your race, fight your fight to the end.
We are gospel proclaimers and gospel patrons.

John Rinehart ,
John Rinehart , Founder & Leader of gospelpatrons.org
and the author of the book Gospel Patrons
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