What does faith in Christ look like?

Faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may look like many things, but is success part of that picture?

What is it about success that is so seductive for this creature called human?

I attended a large mega-church for a short time. All the signs of success were clearly visable. It was actually a bit ovewhelming.  The momemtum of success seemed to feed off of itself and create… more success.

There are a lot of things happening in certain large ministries. They keep many people involved in a church. They have many outreach programs and programs to build a better ‘everything’ and to repair anything in the life of the believer. They have many worship services and bible study groups for every demographic within that community. They preach and teach about Jesus and biblical principles for Godly living. They are actively seeking the lost.

The people that are involved in a church setting such as I’ve described are doing a lot of good for themselves and for others. The atmosphere breeds success in the way that the culture defines success. 

 What could possibly be wrong with that?

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7 Responses

  1. Success? What is wrong with success? Nothing in and of itself. Not even where the church is concerned. But there it might depend on what you mean by success. I told my congregation (never been much more than a hundred members for fifty years) that they were successful in that they have had the gospel preached and the sacraments administered for fifty years in this outpost among the mormons.
    success in the believers life? hmm. only one that can hope for success there would be the Holy Spirit, and that success won’t be one where the Christian stops sinning at least not in this life.

  2. “success in the believers life? hmm. only one that can hope for success there would be the Holy Spirit, and that success won’t be one where the Christian stops sinning at least not in this life.”

    I guess no matter the state that I am in…unsuccessful, or successful, that is not a barrier to the Holy Spirit.
    Although, sometimes I think success can make it easier to walk away from Him.

    Not much danger of this man stopping his ‘sinning in this life’. The ‘new man’ hates it, but the ‘old Adam’ seems to thrive on it.

    But thanks be to God that because of Christ, His work on the cross and in my baptism, my sin is no more!
    Now, that’s success! (just not mine)

    Thanks Bror!

    – Steve

  3. Faith in Christ looks like… believing that Jesus Christ is the one true Son of God by whom we receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Through this precious gift, God has freed us from eternal damnation in hell. Faith is a gift worked in us by the Holy Spirit. It cannot be bought, gained by working good deeds… there is nothing man can do to achieve this gift, it comes to us from God and what He does for us.

    What could possibly be wrong… is when man is seduced by a stage presence, worldly entertainment, feelings, doing and merchandising.

    Success is keeping our eyes on Jesus and His †

  4. Some of the most important moments in our world’s history began amidst deep darkness –
    The Creation.
    The Crucifixion.
    I wonder how ‘dark’ that passover night world have been were it not for the marvelous, comforting presence of Jesus, even then sharing with His friends the sure promises of God’s saving grace.

    The true church is often found amidst moments of trial and great anguish, for it is there that Christ can mediate to us the enduring comfort of a hope which transcends the present and grants us to find strength in time of need.

  5. “The true church is often found amidst moments of trial and great anguish, for it is there that Christ can mediate to us the enduring comfort of a hope which transcends the present and grants us to find strength in time of need.”

    Amen.

  6. *The atmosphere breeds success in the way that the culture defines success.*

    Preaching and teaching Jesus is right on; we know that. But the above quote I guess is the one that bothers me most.

    Is a large mega-church an example of the early church where 3000+ members would gather on any given Sunday? Would Paul, Peter and John, if given the resources, build a building to seat 3000+ Christians to worship on Sunday’s? Would they have instituted programs to meet every need among themselves?

    Somehow, I don’t think so……

    I think, and that is dangerous I know, that the early church leaders would have preached and taught the Word of God and then told the fellowship to do the same. Go seek, preach and witness to the lost. Pray without ceasing and be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within you. Follow the Lord Jesus’ teachings and be ready!

  7. Wayne,

    Amen.

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