Successful Christian Ministry

Success

Today there are many tools and methods used in Christian ministry. Some are very helpful whereas others are very unhelpful. Sadly, many of these are designed to appeal to the desires of people. This method is often referred to as being “Seeker Sensitive”. Obviously we don’t ever want to use methods that are mean to people, but to tailor everyone around people’s desires is unbiblical. The goal of a lot of these methods is to help produce a successful ministry. Many people measure a successful ministry by large numbers. Is this legitimate? Biblically speaking, true success is not determined by large numbers but is determined by faithfulness (cf. and ). Continue reading Successful Christian Ministry

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.

“To the Jew first”

Romans is said to be Paul’s masterpiece letter in which he explains the gospel.  is said to be the key verse of the letter: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek”.  What a great verse!  But what does that last bit mean?  How is the gospel “to the Jew first”?

I have to admit to being Jewish.  Yes I am a Christian too.  Sometimes folk correct me at this point.  They say: “Don’t you mean you were Jewish?”  No, I am Jewish.  Paul makes it clear in Galatians that Gentiles don’t need to become Jewish in order to be saved.  They are saved as they are – as Gentiles – by faith in Jesus.  A reverse Galatians heresy would be to say that Jews must become Gentiles in order to be saved.  But no – Jews are saved as they are – as Jews – by faith in Jesus.  I am male, Australian, and Jewish.  I was born that way!  And I am Christian by faith in Jesus.

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16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.