The Success of The Church
We all desire to see more sinners saved by the grace of God. We read in the Book of Acts of the Lord adding to His church daily (Acts 2:47; Acts 16:5), and we think how great it would be to see this in our day.
Let us never forget, however, that in that time of the early church, there was also great persecution toward our brethren in Christ.
Let us all pray that the LORD bring many, many to hear and believe the Gospel of His grace in Christ. But let us also realize that the success of the church is not in the number of people, the size of the building, or the provision of facilities and activities.
The success of the church is in the success of the Redeemer and Saviour of the church-Jesus Christ who is our foundation, our heart, and our head. It is by Him, through Him, and because of Him that the gates of hell will not prevail over the church.
Where thousands gather to worship and where the truth of Christ and Him crucified is not preached, there is failure and defeat. Where few gather to worship where the truth of Christ and Him crucified is preached, there is success and victory.