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  • The pride of denominations
    Thursday, 01 July 2004 @ 02:42 PM SGT
    Contributed by: Benyamin
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    Expressions "I am good at this."
    "I can do better than them."
    "We are different from them."
    "We have a strong worship team."
    "We have so many, so many numbers in our church."

    God's people has seperated themselves with their own strength and in the things they think they are good at and have not been humble when it comes to church matters.

    "I am from Paul."
    "I am from Cephas."
    "Is Christ divided? Were you save in the name of Paul?"

    God's people builded themselves strong to their own interest. This too is vanity. You see these because our hearts have been driven by the power which comes along either from leadership or appointment. When an immature believer takes the role of a leadership, he or she won't teach or impart maturity to his or her members, because they are still immature.

    When choosing leaders, choose wisely and with discernment.
    Take note on how we build and the motives we have for the things that we do.
    Many Christians marry because they struggle to wait for the right partner. After that, they are not very happy. The principle of waiting implies on leadership as well. If we don't wait for God's timing for a particular project or work and rush off in our own strength. I doubt we will be successful. This implies to waiting and choosing the right person for a task as well.

    God bless you!


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    The pride of denominations
    Authored by: Redeemed on Tuesday, 06 July 2004 @ 08:34 PM SGT
    1. One Christian author has this to say about worldly success and spiritual success.

    According to worldly standards, success is the attainment of fame, fortune, popularity, and prosperity. It is also defined as the accomplishment of what is aimed at or desired. According to the Bible (the only inerrant standard), however, success is faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ and obedience to the whole of God’s Word.

    Successism, he coined it, is the mistaken application of worldly standards of success and failure to the work of the ministry of the church. According to this twisted, perverted philosophy, those churches and pastors who have great outward, visible results or responses to show for their work are highly successful, while those churches and pastors who have little to show for their labors are dismal, abysmal failures.

    If this is the definition of success, then our Lord Jesus may not even qualify. Because He did not have a sizable church congregation when He departed.

    2. In Acts, we read of Matthias being chosen by the apostles to replace Judas Iscariot. After which, nothing much was heard about Matthias. But when Saul was chosen by our Lord Himself, renamed Paul as the apostle, he did mighty works for the Lord. So much about choosing leaders on our own !

    Paul has defended and demonstrated his apostleship through his faithfulness ! The leaders today must measure themselves on this standard - having confidence not in the flesh but through faith in Christ Jesus. Philippians Chapter 3.

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