Summer brings a host of family reunions and other gatherings. Many churches have "Homecomings," during which they talk about and remember the "good old days." More than once the phrase "that old-time religion" is passed around. What most folks actually have in mind is the faith of their parents.
The ministry to which we are called is the preaching of "the glorious gospel of Christ" (4:4). As evangelists, teachers, pastors, and laymen, we must be divinely motivated, if our ministry is to be effective. Paul proceeds to outline the threefold motivation of our ministry, the first being HOPE, which he defines as and "eternal weight of glory."
Millions of people hesitate on the brink of being born again because of their fear of where it will lead them. Implicit to Saul of Tarsus being born again as Paul the Apostle was his surrender to the will of God. This is an inescapable sequel to everyone who comes to Christ for salvation. Paul defined the doings of a born-again believer as a life of "understanding what the will of the Lord is" (Eph. 5:17) and then doing it.
The question is not whether or not God is on my side but whether I am on God's side.