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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Follower of Christ, husband of Abby, member of Kosmosdale Baptist Church, and tutor/staff member at Sayers Classical Academy.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Christ: Our "Balance in Ministry"

In my Ministry of Leadership class this summer, one article I read was “The Apostolic Model for Christian Ministry: An Analysis of 1 Corinthians 2:1-5” by Fred G. Zaspel, pastor of Word of Life Baptist Church in Pottsville, PA. I found the following quote from that article especially insightful:

Preachers today often speak of “balance” in ministry, and by that so many mean to say they are careful to balance subjects out equally. Paul tells us that if Christ is not the whole of our message, then we are not balanced at all. We do not relegate Him to certain aspects of the Bible or to certain aspects of life only. No, He is our only theme. This, Paul is convinced, is the only message that works. That man who does not preach Christ to His people is little better than a secular moralist. “Christ crucified” is the distinctive of the Christian message. He is our only theme. Yes, He is the whole of it.

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