Progress requires participation.

Everything about the church points to participation—from the biblical metaphor of the church as the body of Christ to the way in which Christians remember the sacrificed body of Christ every Sunday. Unfortunately, participation is not always the norm for Christians when it comes to making progress in the work with which God has tasked … Continue reading Progress requires participation.

Progress has a purpose.

A God of purpose deserves to be served by purposeful people. Paul presents a progression in Ephesians 4:11–14 which illustrates for the Christian the ultimate purpose of making progress in the work a church does. Paul begins by identifying “the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers” (ESV) as gifts Christ gives to … Continue reading Progress has a purpose.

Progress begins with God’s perspective.

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord,” Paul begins in Ephesians chapter 4, “urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (ESV). As Paul exhorts the Christians in Ephesus, he emphasizes the lifestyle indicative of faithful Christians—namely, one of consistent acceptable action. In doing so, Paul … Continue reading Progress begins with God’s perspective.

Counsel prepares people for progress.

“Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”Proverbs 15:22 ESV The term “counsel” suggests the kind of recommendation that a trusted person gives another to ensure a good result as a reward for right action. It is easy to see, then, how counsel is critical in making progress. “The plans of the diligent … Continue reading Counsel prepares people for progress.

Purpose and plans precede progress.

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”Proverbs 21:5 ESV The term “plan” suggests the kind of forethought that produces purposeful action. While it is true that “in all toil there is profit,” (Proverbs 14:23 ESV), there is truth in the old adage “work smarter, … Continue reading Purpose and plans precede progress.