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1 Corinthians 9:19-23 – Church Growth

| November 3, 2011

I just finished reading an article on church growth. Nothing unscriptural in this particular article although it focuses on generic themes. However, the first paragraph hooked me – as is fitting in good writing. What hooked me is not the last sentence showing success. So I will include only the first two sentences. “I started […]

1 Thessalonians – Church Growth

| December 15, 2009

 I.          RELY ON GOD’S TIMING Acts 16:9-10 NASB  A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”  (10)  When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us […]

Matthew 6:33 – Moving

| November 28, 2009

There is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Every year it is the same.  It happened this year and will happen in the year to come, and those following.  People move out, and people move in.  Proximity to friends and family will be gained and lost. Ties will be tested.  Friendships will begin, and […]

Matthew 7:16 – Circles of Commitment

| November 23, 2009

Matthew 7:16a – “You shall know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:16-20 – “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? [17] “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. [18] “A good tree cannot produce bad […]

1 Chronicles 22:8 – Too Busy To Build?

| November 1, 2009

Why couldn’t David build the temple?  Because David had “shed much blood” (1 Chronicles 22:8).  Are you thinking, “So what?”  Or, possibly, “That’s not fair!”  Maybe your thoughts are more sacramental – “Why should a man with blood on his hands build a place of holiness?” I don’t know the “why” behind the “why” but […]

1 Timothy 3:8-13 – Deacons

| October 12, 2009

   Are you willing to help?  Are you willing to serve?  If you do not consider yourself willing to help or serve, then never mind the qualifications for a deacon.  You cannot be qualified unless you are already helping and serving.    If you are willing to help, but do not qualify, please continue—our deacons […]

Judges 5:2 – Leadership and Volunteers

| October 12, 2009

“That the leaders led in Israel, That the people volunteered, Bless the Lord! (Judges 5:2).  Spiritual-life is that simple, and yet that complicated.  And in reality, all of life is that simple, and yet that complicated.  I would like to say that generally, we are the only ones who make our lives simple or complicated.  […]

1 Timothy 3:1-7 – Selecting Elders

| October 12, 2009

We began the process of selecting elders with constant congregational prayer.  Then, we proceeded with an intense study of scriptures.  Thirdly we examined ourselves and the men of the congregation.  Hopefully we spent more time examining ourselves than others.  Finally the last couple of weeks, we have begun finishing what we started last year by […]

Luke 19:11-27 – Yes We’re Open

| October 12, 2009

 “Sorry, We’re Closed;” “Sale;”  “New Store Hours” – these are commonly placed signs in windows of businesses. Some signs express hope, “Under New Management.”  Others, the demise of hope – “Going Out of Business.”  As an aside, I heard of one store whose going out of business sale was so successful he decided to have […]

1 Corinthians – Church Growth Problems

| October 9, 2009

We need to stop growing as a congregation.  Growing is too dangerous. Too many problems brought on by too many people, too many different people.  Growth destroys the status quo, forces us to confront our comfort zones, brings in new and different people with new and different problems, enlarges the gaps between the mature and […]