Archive for October, 2012

What is Failure?

Posted: October 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

This morning I am curious. What constitutes failure in ministry? Moses was not able to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land: was he a failure? Noah preached without any converts, was he a failure? Daniel wound up in a lion’s den: was he a failure? What about Joseph? Or Shardrach, Meschach, and Abednigo? Was Abraham? For that matter, Jesus died on a cross. Was he a failure?

Of course we are quick to say, “No, none of them are failures.” So when is a ministry a failure? When is it a success? I remember years and years ago hearing Clyde Fant say (he was preaching professor at Southwestern Seminary at the time), ‘Success is doing the will of God”. By that definition, can we not also say, “Failure is not doing the will of God.” Stephen preached one sermon that we know of, was stoned to death. Was he a failure or a success?

Weigh in on this topic. What constitutes failure, or go at it the other way, what constitutes success?

Who is This? Is it You?

Posted: October 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

This is Kevin Carter. In 1993 he snapped a picture of a starving child in Africa that went on to win a Pulitzer Prize. He was later asked, “What happened to the girl?” After taking the picture he sat down under a tree and chain smoked. Three months after winning the Pulitzer, he took his life, haunted by so many horrific images he had snapped over the years of his short but prolific career.

Jesus reminded us, “As much as you have done it to the least of these my children, you have done it to me.” As a Christian, we certainly have a responsibility to help aleviate all human suffering. Without minimizing the impact of world hunger, and I highly recommend you support Baptist Global Relief, let me suggest there is no suffering more serious than eternal suffering.

Those who die in their sins without Jesus Christ will suffer eternally. We have been charged to go to all the people groups of the world and share the Gospel. If we would each do our part, there would be no child or adult without access to the Gospel. Imagine this image of this child, enduring even more horrific suffering for all eternity. What will we do about it?

Kevin Carter was a part of an international contingency that was instructed not to touch the people for fear of catching a disease. So he did nothing. He did nothing. Imagine. We have been instructed to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. We have been instructed to touch the world. Can we do nothing? Will you do something?

How about G4 plus?

Posted: October 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

Do you have 4G, or a u youstill using 3G? And what the heck is a “G”, and who counts to make sure you have the correct number? Well, I have often been told, “Google is your friend.” SO I googled to see what a “G” is, and it said Generation. So it has something to do with the development of technology and what generation we are in. It seems to me if that is really true, by now we should be at about 2o something G. But it doesn’t matter.

I want to talk about the number 4 and generations. In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul says, “The things which you have learned from me, the same teach to other faithful men who will be able to train others also.” Paul was G1, and Timothy was G2, and “faithful men” are G3, and “others also” are G4. Now Paul did not mean stop there, but he coudn’t say, and others, and others, and others, etc. Maybe he could have quoted the Gamecock’s coach Spurrier who seems obsessed with working the words “and so forth and so on” into every conversation at some point.

The point is, Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples and to train them to train others. Worldwide it seems that when someone gets past generation 4 a movement takes place. Then we see the multitudes coming to know the Gospel. Unfortunately in the American church we rarely get past G2. So, do you have a reproducible form of discipleship? How are you doing, by the way, with the one commission that Jesus gave us? “Go and make disciples of all the peoples”.