Is prosperity bad? What does it really mean? Does God want me to prosper?
Before we start talking about prosperity, I’d like to give a definition of the word. Because if you say “prosperity,” it may mean a dozen different things in a dozen different people’s minds. So this is a good, biblical definition of prosperity: Having sufficient means to meet your needs with enough left over to bless somebody else.
Does it mean I’m a preacher? Does it mean I’m well-liked? Does it mean I serve God overseas?
My church in southern California is in a very unique and famous part of the world. People around the world know about the area because southern California is the heart of the entertainment industry. That’s why a number of people migrate here every year hoping to be discovered, wanting to become a star and become famous.
“For years I struggled while searching for answers,” says Bayless. “I never forget where I came from, nor how broken and hurting I was before a simple, clear Gospel message changed my life. That’s why I strive to make the message of Christ understandable and relevant to the everyday lives of people. Even as a young Christian, I was still so filled with questions. I saw a guy in the park one day, and he had a sticker on his guitar case. It said ‘Answers—they are in the Bible.' I was so struck by that. It’s where the name for our broadcast came from, because the answers to life will only be found in the Bible.”