A Pall of Acrid Smoke

“The world’s idea that everyone, from childhood up, should be able at all times to succeed in measurable ways, and that it is a great disgrace not to, hangs over the Christian community like a pall of acrid smoke.”

–J.I. Packer

Do you measure your success by visual results?  Material success is material and you can see it.  Spiritual success is spiritual, and mostly invisible.

A successful church is a church that is numerically growing; but a numerically growing church isn’t necessarily a successful church.