Presentation on theme: "And He expects it to ---- Its not your job to make the Church grow."— Presentation transcript:
And He expects it to ----
Its not your job to make the Church grow
Its the nature of the Church to grow. 1. Provide the factors that support growth 2. Cope with factors that interfere with it And it will grow when we:
Predictions of the CHURCH To Abraham By Isaiah By Daniel All describe it as powerful and GROWINGGROWING
Jesus Vision for His CHURCH Like yeast Like a mustard seed The Great Supper All describe it as powerful and GROWINGGROWING
The New Testament church is the model of health and growth.
Verbal exclamation points in the book of ACTS
Three thousand were added The Lord added to their number daily The number grew to about 5 thousand More and more believed...The number of disciples increased rapidly Grew in numbers living in the fear of the Lord A great number of people believed and turned to the Lord...And.... The Word of God continued to increase and spread
The word of the Lord spread through- out the whole region They preached... and won a large number of disciples So the churches... grew daily in numbers Some of the Jews... a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women Many Jews...prominent Greek women...many Greek men.
And so --- The word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power !
Acts 2:42-47 They devoted themselves to: Meeting together--temple & house to house Learning Sharing life in Jesus / caring for one-another in authentic relationships Breaking bread (dining / Lords Supper) Prayer Praise / awe The favor of those who observed them Saving others DAILY
The New Testament describes a describes a Church that was -- The New Testament describes a describes a Church that was --
TRUE GENUINE SOUND SOLID CREDIBLE HONEST REAL VALID AN AUTHENTIC CHURCH !
AWE AWE AWE AWE AWE AWE AWE AWE AN AWESOME CHURCH !
HARMONY ONE MIND ONENESS HEARTS BEATING AS ONE Breathing in unison Breathing in unison One accord UNITY ONE HEART A UNIFIED CHURCH !
An Authentic Church Constant fellowship Prayer Worship Awe Study / learn / practice Harmony Care for one- another Outreach to others Sacrifice / generosity
PROBLEM : When we read about that normal normal church, it appears to be abnormal because most churches today are subnormal. -- Bob Moorehead
It actually happened!
A community of believers decided together that they would live their lives radi- cally devoted to God. Ninety-five percent devo- tion wasnt enough: they determined to submit fully and follow God in every way.
They agreed to love one- another irrationally... Meeting each others needs, making sure that no brother or sister lived without. They took off their masks so they could know and be known.
Passionately concerned about those outside the family of God, they reached out to lost people, regard- less of the consequences. They prayed fervently that they would have boldness to proclaim the gospel,
even if it cost them their lives. They looked to the direction of the Holy Spirit. Every day they and their leaders asked, What would the Spirit want us to do? What new thing will the Spirit unfold before us today?
And with the Holy Spirit in charge, they worshipped God continually, and honored Him by using their spiritual gifts. Everyone played a critical role, everyone was important.
Think what (your church) will be like when all of us are radically devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to each other,
and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside Gods family with the Gospel of Christ. We will be a church against which the gates of hell cannot prevail!
It Can Happen Today
Today, the church can grow anywhere---with the possible exception of Antarctica. ---Donald McGavran ---Donald McGavran
It Can Happen Today The time is right
It Can Happen Today The time is right The power that is ours
The The Of the authentic Church
Victor Hugo: Nothing is as power- ful as an idea whose time has come. It is stronger than all the armies of the world. An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
Church Church A fully-functional Authentic Biblical
Church Church Is an Idea whose time has come --- AGAIN !
It Can Happen Today The time is right The power that is ours The population explosion
The unevangelized in America = the 5th largest mission field in the world ! 3rd
It Can Happen Today The time is right The power that is ours The population explosion Social crises Growing receptivity
The echo of Eden in people
Today -- People are searching for REALITY Get Real! Real People Real News Its the Real Thing
They know they are often deceived by falsehood or simulation.
It Can Happen Today The time is right The power that is ours The population explosion Social crises Growing receptivity Resources
Resources available as never before: Effective evangelism Nurture & equip Christians Competent leadership Mobilize resources Administer church life & work Cope with impediments
I am growing increasingly certain that Churches today must recover the evangelistic passion of the early Church. Donald McGavran:
Today--- in a world where 3/4 people have yet to believe in Christ and at least 2/4 have yet to hear of Him... Today--- in a world where 3/4 people have yet to believe in Christ and at least 2/4 have yet to hear of Him...
... if a congregation is not reproducing,... if a congregation is not reproducing, it is not a N.T. Church, no matter what it calls itself. no matter what it calls itself.
Most non-growing churches neither want to grow nor expect to grow. They are contentedly doing those things that do not produce growth. It is as simple as that. Most non-growing churches neither want to grow nor expect to grow. They are contentedly doing those things that do not produce growth. It is as simple as that.
Our Lord went to the cross to save the lost. People who wont cross the street for the lost can scarcely claim to be His disciples. -- McGavran Our Lord went to the cross to save the lost. People who wont cross the street for the lost can scarcely claim to be His disciples. -- McGavran
A challenge to todays churches Cinderella with amnesia
A Wake-up Call
And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. --- Rom. 13:11, 12
Wake up, O sleeper rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you Eph. 5:
Be very careful, then, how you live---not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lords will is.
wreckage Church Church
Lack of growth Must not be condoned as normal And Must not be tolerated
If a church is not growing, Something is lacking that must be provided, Or something is hindering and must be dealt with.