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Philosophy of Ministry/Vision/Leadership -point to ponder:

What if God is or is not in it? Does success mean blessing?


Consider the below Scripture:


Then there stood up one in the Sanhedrin, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a doctor of the Law honored among all the people. And he commanded the apostles to be put outside a little space. (Act 5:34)


And he said to them, Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men. (Act 5:35)


For before these days Theudas rose up, boasting himself to be somebody; a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves to him; who was slain. And all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered and brought to nothing. (Act 5:36)


After this one, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the Registration, and drew away considerable people after him. Yet that one perished; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered. (Act 5:37)


And now I say to you, Withdraw from these men and let them alone. For if this counsel or this work is of men, it will come to nothing. (Act5:38).


But if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it, lest perhaps you be found even to fight against God. (Act 5:39)


Interpretive questions:


1) Should Christian ministers use Gamaliel’s reasoning regarding the work of the Lord?


2) Does our definition of "success" equal God’s approval?


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