RON HAMILTON, CCCC CONFERENCE MINISTER
One of our greatest annual celebrations came this month as we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. This is a highlight of our life and ministry and centers our hope in the Lord. Please be encouraged by the teaching of 1 Corinthians 15.
1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Often in the routine of ministry we wonder if what we do really makes a difference. We ask, “Is it worth it all?” Our church isn’t growing like we want or expect. Pastors question the effectiveness of a Sunday message. Sunday School teachers have a tough day with the kids. A youth worker questions whether the teenagers will ever “get it.” Friends and family members ridicule our beliefs.
Thank you, pastors and church leaders, for your faithful service in Jesus’ name. Be encouraged that your work in not in vain. God’s mighty power is at work in and through you. Jesus is alive! He gives eternal life to all who believe in Him! You are ministers of hope to a broken and lost generation!