Gospel-Driven Blog’s New Home

June 28, 2009

Gospel-Driven Blog has a new home!

The name of the new blog is Paramount Blog, which is the blog of Paramount Church. The name of our church and blog come from 1 Corinthians 15:3 where Paul said, “I delivered to you as of first importance (i.e., paramount) what I also received…” Our name seeks to capture and emphasize the gospel, which is the foremost truth of the Christian faith and life.

Even though the name and location has changed, the content and focus remain the same, which is the gospel!

I would like to thank everyone who has spent the last couple of years reading and following Gospel-Driven Blog. It has been a great joy to hear from so many of you. Nothing is more joyous than to hear how the Lord, through the gospel, has brought so much encouragement and freedom to so many.

Gospel-Driven Blog will remain. However, all new articles, quotes, etc… from this day forward will be posted on our new home. I would be very grateful for your prayers as we move forward in planting Paramount Church.

Church planting is a tremendous privilege and huge responsibility. Like Paul (2 Cor. 2:16), I frequently find myself asking, “Who is sufficient for these things?” The obvious answer is, “No one!” Neither gospel ministry nor the Christian life can be accomplished by human ability or human means. Apart from the grace of God, we are absolutely useless. We can claim nothing from ourselves, except our sin and misery.

Thus, Paul goes on to explain, “5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life, (2 Cor. 3:5-6). Our only sufficiency comes from God, who by His grace through the gospel and the Holy Spirit, has made us competent and given us life.

The gospel is always the issue. Here Paul extols and magnifies the dignity and sufficiency of the gospel. I am what I am and I serve in the capacity that I serve by grace alone (1 Cor. 15:10).

There truly is nothing more notable or glorious in the church than the ministry of the gospel. The gospel is paramount! It is my prayer that as you read Paramount Blog, you will continue to be encouraged and liberated by the Good News of Christ. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ so that the gospel becomes paramount in your life for God’s glory and your eternal joy. (2 Thess. 3:5)!

Gospel blessings!

John Fonville


Corrected Link

May 6, 2009

The link for Not Man’s Gospel, Part 10 has been corrected.

Free Online Access to the ESV Study Bible

March 4, 2009

Crossway is currently making the ESV Online Study Bible available free for anyone and everyone for a limited time through March 31, 2009.

For full access and free trial use of all the Online Study Bible features, users can create a login and password at http://www.esvstudybible.org/online. Email information will not be shared, nor will there be any obligation to purchase.

Be sure to take advantage of this great tool. I use it every day. Crossway encourages you to share this information with others–with the hope that many will benefit from this online resource and further experience the timeless truth of God’s Word as a powerful, compelling, life-changing reality.

Welcome Alexandria Kathryn Fonville!

January 21, 2009

Alexandria Kathryn Fonville

Alexandria Kathryn Fonville

Our beautiful baby girl was born yesterday, 2:01 p.m., 8.29 lbs., 20 inches.

“13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” (Ps. 139:13-14a).

New Gospel-driven Ministry Site

December 17, 2008

Through a mutual friend, I was just recently introduced to Miles Mckee Ministries. Miles, a native of Ireland, has a lot of helpful gospel-driven/centered/saturated articles. I encourage you to take a look:

Miles McKee Ministries and Is Jesus Enough/The Wednesday Word

Here is a brief quotation from one of his articles:

“…it is the gospel of Christ that is the primary force in establishing and confirming the people of God. The gospel will build Christians and make them sturdy, thus the gospel is the heart of genuine apostolic gospel ministry! It is when the gospel is ministered to believers that they find Christ to be precious; by the gospel, they discover the road to true holiness, spiritual strength and godly character.”


Corrected Links

December 1, 2008

Several people have alerted me to some corrupted links for the Galatians series. I am not sure how the links were corrupted but they have all been fixed. Thanks to everyone for the notice. Please let me know if this happens again. Gospel blessings!

Billy Graham’s 90th Birthday

November 7, 2008

Billy Graham

Today is Billy Graham’s 90th birthday. What a godly and consistent testimony we have had through the remarkable life of this man. His life and ministry have impacted countless thousands of lives. He was born on November 7, 1918 in North Carolina, my home state and birth place. As a fellow Tarheel, I grew up under the influence of Dr. Graham’s ministry through his brother-in-law (and evangelist), Leighton Ford.

Tullian Tchividjian, a grandson of Billy Graham has written a small, insightful tribute to his grandfather. Tullian, with his unique perspective writes, “Today we celebrate his life and the way he has spent it. He has preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to more people than anyone in history and I have the pirivlege of calling him “Daddy Bill.”

May we all thank our Lord and Savior for such a faithful man of God. May we all, by God’s grace, keep the gospel central in our lives and ministries and for the sake of His glory finish well!