Paul once talked about the gospel ministry in this way: “Thanks be to God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ.
In a culture which measures success statistically and visibly, we might wonder how Paul could describe the preaching and teaching ministry as a triumphal procession.
Paul’s missionary journeys were marked by public floggings and imprisonments, by stonings and riots, by persecution and rejection.
Many of his congregations teetered on the brink of defecting to show-biz-for-Jesus counterfeits.
Still, Paul talks as though he is winning. He sees his own ministry and that of the other apostles as a triumphal procession, as though the angels were scattering fragrant rose petals on their path in a victorious parade.
Paul once catalogued the difficulties and downsides of living out the Christian life. He then added: “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
Note the little word, “in.” “In,” all these things, smack dab in the middle of all these difficulties – not apart from them, nor without them, but “in” them we are more than conquerors.
This is our theme for the new school year: “More Than Conquerors!”
Our little school on Pearl Street may not appear all that impressive from a worldly viewpoint. Nor are the pastor and teachers so impressive that they raise up the dead by their very shadow.
But the priceless and powerful gospel with which they daily teach the lambs of Christ has within it the power of God for salvation.
Whatever the difficulties or defeats in the days ahead, that gospel shall make us “more than conquerors” through Him who has loved us all the way to the cross of Calvary, and all the way to the open tomb in Joseph’s lovely garden.