Monday, December 23, 2013

DAY 583 - What Does A Successful Christian Look Like? (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

Want to know why I have been writing and recording my blogs and podcast daily since August 10, 2009? Click these three links:

Confirmation from John Stott in 2009: 
http://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009_07_01_archive.html
My MicroMacro Discipleship, A missing DNA in Discipleship Development: http://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/07/introduction-micromacro-discipleship.html
Subject Shifting Devotion Method(Inspired by John Stott in 1991: http://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html

                               Today's Reading: 2 Corinthians 7:2-10

** If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from my Devotion on Fire blog:
http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html
To use this simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please click this link:
 .Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf

Please click this link to read 2 Corinthians 7:2-10

Bible Study

     Do you want to be a successful Christian? Do you think Paul is a successful Christian? Well, if Paul is not a successful Christian, who can claim that he can be more successful than Paul? But, today's passage seems giving out something normal people see as not successful. Why? Paul describes himself as:
bodies had no rest; afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within; downcast; waiting Titus to comfort him…

     That seems the picture of a weak leader, a leader who fail in his ministry and being casted away. Ah! That is exactly how Paul is a successful Christian! 

Bishop N.T. Wright says ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._T._Wright ) :
     What is your image of what a successful Christian ought to look like?  Do you have in the back of your mind a picture of a person who goes through life in perfect faith and trust, obedient to God in everything, never afraid of what may lie in wait around the next corner, always rejoicing even in adversity?
     Do you find this image a bit depressing sometimes?  It seems so unreal, so unlike not only our own lives but those of all the people we know well.  Of course there are moments of joy, or celebration, of faith, of hope and of love.  But the course of Christian living doesn't run smoothly, and we all know it…
     If you want to know what it looks like and feels like to have no anxiety about anything, committing it all to God, come with Paul as he struggles along the road, exhausted and emotionally drained after his terrible experiences in Ephesus…   

N.T. Wright. Paul for Everyone:2 Corinthians. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, p.76.

     
     So, how does Paul's words help you to understand more about the meaning of true success? Do you have a different picture of what a successful Christian should look like now? 

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe":  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmax47l2hLU

Spiritual Journal

    What I heard from Jesus today is: What does a successful Christian look like?

    What I got from Jesus today is a very important question for all Christians. There are quite a number of Christians living a life just like those worldly successful and wealthy people. Everything good, beautiful, powerful and excessive. Failure and downcast never happen in their vocabulary. Not sure when they go home at night they are downcast, but never show to other people.

     Paul is different. He shows his true self, his pain, his downcast and his longing to be comfort by God and his close partners. What a difference!

     What kind of success do you want? Are you on the right path of being a successful Christian?

Dear Lord Jesus, 
Lead us to be able to show our true self and vulnerability so that we can be a real successful Christian glorifying your Holy Name and extending your powerful Kingdom. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


Please click this link to worship with us -


10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) Matt Redman
You may choose to follow my other daily blog: 
Daily Devotion on Fire 2(2 years plan -One year New Testament, one year Old Testament): 
http://bishopsilas2.blogspot.ca/

Daily Devotion on Fire (3 years and 3 months plan, one chapter a day to finish reading the whole Bible): 
http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/

Break.Build (40 days daily devotion- For Renewal or First Step for new Christians): http://www.breakbuild.blogspot.ca/

Emmanuel330 (40 weeks First Step Bible Study): 
http://emmanuel330.blogspot.ca/

This blog:

Discipler 123 (Daily devotion using N.T. Wright's NT for Everyone as source)

經歷主耶穌的七個"我是"使你得勝!

   Anglican Mission in Canada and Richmond Emmanuel Church have launched MISSION 113 Campaign starting January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2026....