Foundational Principles

[Many of the foundational principles that Bob Gordon taught his team live with them to this day. This is one outline used by Bob at a team meeting to discuss where the ministry came from and how it worked. Ed]


1 Corinthians 1:28 – “The things that are nothing …”

Genesis 32:22ff – the mark of Jacob

John 3:34 – spirit without measure

“The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. In Roman times, the man who took up his cross and started down the road was not coming back. He was not going out to have his life re-directed, he was going out to have it ended.”

A W Tozer

God uses:

circumstances – Romans 8:28

challenges – 2 Corinthians 12:9,10

conviction – 2 Timothy 2:20,21

colleagues – Philippians 1:15-18


– open door principle – Rev. 3:8

– power of anointing – John 12:3; 1 John 2:20

– Spirit – not flesh – Rom. 8:14


Luke 9:57-62; John 12:23-26; Luke 14:25-33

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”
Jim Eliot


– the wrong things can drive us

– compensate for lack

– comes from inadequacy


– pre-occupation with symbols of accomplishment

– want more power/responsibility

– always need to prove themselves

– business/activity becomes confused with anointing


– odious comparisons with others

– ambition never important than people

– jealousy/fear/pride/intolerance


Paul had an immense sense of the ‘trust’ that God had placed in him. It coloured every aspect of his work and life.

“walk worthy of the calling”

1 Cor. 4:2;9:17 and Gal. 2:7

2 Tim. 2:2 – “entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”

2 Tim. 2:15 – “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved.”

– Personal Standards – dress/hygiene/manners/speech

– Stewardship of Material Things – keep it as your own/accountability

– Life and Home – quality hospitality/cleanliness/food

– Integrity of Heart – sound judgement / mature thinking / reliable information

– Under Pressure

– Heb. 12:4-13

How do you respond to:

– correction? – Prov. 9:8,9

– praise? – Ems p45

– challenge? – 1 Cor. 9:24-27


Ephesians 4:7 and I Peter 4:10

Some important principles:

Capacity – Rom. 12:3

Servanthood – Eccl. 9:10


“People do what we inspect not what we expect.” Brondt

Mutuality Gal. 6:2-5


We are called to ‘George Muller’ faith – not manipulation.

eg. The Bicycle:
a. Believe a contraption that can’t even stand up by itself will transport you safely.

b. Let go of all other forms of support and balance by the sheer force of momentum.

c. Lean into the corners.

d. Can coast for a little while, but you won’t get far if you don’t keep pedalling.


Need to:

i. Hold vision in view.

ii. Continually assess goals and fulfilment.

This will:
– Determine our methods.

– Provide standard of measurement.

– Motivate and guide performance.

– Lay foundation for development.