Minister’s Blog

5 June 2019

Christians are not immune from failure. Belief in God is no guarantee of success. Christian marriages end up in divorce. Christian businessmen go bankrupt. Christians suffer from terminal illness.  Christian congregations fall apart.

Being a Christian doesn’t guarantee success. How could it? Failure is part and parcel of being human – and we find it right at the heart of the Christian gospel.

Christianity is hardly a recipe for a successful life! St. Paul knew that. It took Jesus to the criminal’s cross and it led Paul to a prison cell. That’s where we find him at  the start of his beautiful letter to the Philippians which we have been exploring at Stenton.

In the first chapter, he refers to ‘my imprisonment’ four times and whilst hoping to be freed, he does wrestle with the possibility that ultimately he will be sentenced to death! And so he was!